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.
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