HASTAC Scholars alumna Whitney Phillips has received the Nancy Baym Book Award for 2016 from the Association of Internet Researchers, for her book This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture (MIT Press, 2015).
The committee, which included Nancy Baym, Tama Leaver, and Stephanie Schulte, found Whitney’s historical perspective on trolling useful and important when put in the contemporary context of Fox News and Gamergate. The book delves deeply into the phenomenon of Internet trolls and trolling, arguing that there is not just an individual problem but a larger culture problem that gives rise to trolling. The committee found Phillips’ book to be the right balance between accessibility and scholarly depth – suitable for both academic and mainstream reading.
Whitney Phillips was a HASTAC Scholar between 2010 and 2012. Here are a couple of her HASTAC posts:
And while you're at it, read Alison McCarthy's blog post with comments on Phillips' Book: "Can Counter-Trolls Have Nice Things? Whitney Phillips' Book on Trolling and Final Thoughts"