Category: Online Landscape

The Politics of Internet Memes

by Yimin Chen, LIS PhD Candidate. In his opening monologue to the first Saturday Night Live broadcast following the 2016 US election, comedian Dave Chappelle admonished his viewers for electing “an internet troll as our president.” And, indeed, trolls may have influenced this election to an unprecedented degree. Like any electoral competition, this one featured Read More …

Silverman, Buzzfeed Canada, on Spreading the Truth in an Age of Viral Misinformation

Craig Silverman, the Founding Editor of Buzzfeed Canada, will deliver the Fall 2016 Clissold Lecture entitled “Spreading the Truth in an Age of Viral Misinformation”. Location: Rm. 3345, Somerville House at Western, London, ON. Time: November 1, 2016 @ 5pm. Mark Rayner, the Program Coordinator & Committee Chair for the Master of Media in Journalism Read More …

Podcast On Trolling by Yimin Chen

In this podcast (http://gradcastradio.podbean.com/e/gradcast-52-trolling-yimin-chen/), LiT.RL lab team member, Yimin Chen, traces the history of internet trolling and explores some of the problematic implications of this controversial subject. Below is a brief description from Yimin. “Broadly defined, “internet trolling” describes a spectrum of behaviours aimed at disrupting online communities and communications via inflammatory or provocative comments Read More …