For the next year or so, I will be working on a dissertation titled, Hobbyist inter-networking and the popular internet imaginary: Forgotten histories of networked personal computing, 1977-1997. The elevator pitch is that it's about an alternative internet mythology focusing on hobbyist telecommunication from amateur radio repeaters to FidoNet BBSes. Henry Jenkins is the committee chair.
- Driscoll, K. (2012). From Punched Cards to "Big Data": A Social History of Database Populism. communication +1, 1, (4).
- Mailland, J. and Driscoll, K, Minitel Terminal as a Twitter Client (June 29, 2012). 2012 TRPC.
- Driscoll, K., and Diaz, J. (2009). Endless loop: A brief history of chiptunes. Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures, 2. doi:10.3983/twc.2009.0096.
- Driscoll, K. Professional work for nothing: Revisiting Bill Gates' "An Open Letter To Hobbyists.". (Available upon request.)
Political talk online
I'm also working on a number of projects related to political talk online with the Civic Paths research group and as a research assistant for François Bar and Kjerstin Thorson. Currently, we're looking at the use of humor by people live-tweeting the 2012 presidential debates using a combination of macro-scale computational methods (thematic clustering, natural language processing) and micro-scale textual analysis.
- Driscoll, K. & Walker, S. (Forthcoming). Working within a black box: Transparency in the collection and production of big Twitter data.. International Journal of Communication. (Available upon request).
- Thorson, K., Driscoll, K., Ekdale, B., Edgerly, S., Thompson, L. G., Schrock, A., Swartz, L., Vraga, E. K., and Wells, C. (2013). YouTube, Twitter and the Occupy Movement: Connecting Content and Circulation Practices. Information, Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.756051. (PDF)
- Swartz, L. and Driscoll, K. (Forthcoming). "I hate your politics but I love your diamonds": The Web-based Interest-driven Messageboard as DIY Infrastructure. In M. Boler & M. Ratto (Eds.), DIY Citizenship, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (Available upon request.)