Kevin Driscoll is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. (CV)


Popular computing

I recently completed a dissertation titled, Hobbyist inter-networking and the popular internet imaginary: Forgotten histories of networked personal computing, 1978-1998. The elevator pitch is that it offers a history of popular social computing grounded in the dial-up bulletin board systems (BBSes) of the 1980s and 1990s. Henry Jenkins was the committee chair along with François Bar and Alison Trope. Currently, I am working on a book based on this research, tentatively titled Dial-Up: A Prehistory of Social Media.

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Political talk online

I'm also working on a number of projects related to popular culture and political talk online with my former colleagues from USC including François Bar, Dayna Chatman, Lian Jian, Jieun Shin, and Kjerstin Thorson. Using a combination of macro-scale computational methods (thematic clustering, natural language processing) and micro-scale textual analysis, we have explored rumor diffusion and de-bunking, humor and live-tweeting during televised presidential debates, and the interrelationship of Black Twitter and Scandal fandom.

Related publications

Polaroid by Mikael Kennedy

Photo credit: Mikael Kennedy, 2007

Other writing

Elsewhere on the www

Higher volume Twitter account for day-to-day talk.
Minitel Research Lab, USA
Online archive of devices and ephemera related to the French network that ran continuously from 1982-2012.
Various software tools I've written for research.
Net neutrality research database
Mapping the net neutrality controversy. a little dated but still useful.
Alternative net histories timeline
Experiment in using timelines to depict about interwoven historical narratives.
Feature Phone
Scrapbook of weird phones and other mobile tech.
Animated GIF Zoetrope
Print and play on a standard turntable. (Warning: 13MB PDF!)
Lone Wolf - Nightwind
A mixtape of slowed trance music for late night driving.
Research-related bookmarks
Web rings