Consider this my introduction entry, I apologize for the delay in posting. My intentions were good, I was waiting for my most recent project to take shape so I'd have something new to say. At some point I realized that this didn't make any sense, since everything I say would be new to you regardless. On account of it's an introduction. [Sidenote: She writes prefaces! How glamorous.] Anyway. NEW PROJECT details in one moment. For now, here be context: my primary areas of interest --primary as in persistent i.e. issues I've always circled even if I didn't realize it-- are politics (broadly understood), humor (broadly understood) and transgression (broadly understood). I started out on the political side of things (have written about Bush-era Republicans and humor, for example) but during the 2008 election started spending more and more time online. At some point I discovered 4chan, and the rest is history (or something) -- wrote a thing on /b/ (GOD that paper was a minefield) then moved my way up (down?) the ladder to Facebook memorial page trolling. It's a funny story, actually, as these things go -- one of my early collaborators on the /b/ project alerted me to a new trolling trend on Facebook. It's called RIP trolling, he said. RIP trolling, I asked. Trolls going after dead peoples' fan pages and groups, he said, and I was like oh. What? He said trolls were beginning to organize and that I should create a fake troll profile. So I did; at one point I had 150 troll friends, whose status updates would tell me which page to check out next. After lurking for a few months I wrote one full-legnth article about RIP trolling and have another one on the backburner; both of which will end up in my dissertation. Hopefully. Currently I'm attempting to provide more historical/social context for trolls/the trolling impulse, which is a nice departure from my previous work -- up till now I've been doing occasionally soul-draining amoral ethnography stuff, which is fun and challenging but is, at least can be, let's say thorny. All I have to do for my new project is read some books and write about them, it's like I'm on vacation.
So! Anyway! Hello. More on the project as it develops, today I finally managed to get a workable outline going -- which means the actual writing won't be far behind.