Conference Papers

[2016] “Temporal Vibrancy and Disruption,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 16, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. View the abstract here.

[2015]
“Video Rants: Anatomy of a Genre,” presented at the International Communication Association Conference, May 23, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

[2014] “Searching for Intelligent Life in the Vlogosphere: Lessons from an Ethnographic Film on Sharing the Self Through Media,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, December 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

[2013] “Performing Technical Affiliation Through Culturally-Constructed Remembering,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 22, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois.

[2013]
“Emotional Expressions of the Studium and Punctum on YouTube Infant Memorials,” presented at the Association of Internet Researchers Conference, October 24, 2013, in Denver, Colorado.

[2013] “Phenomenologies of Nostalgic Music and Sound in YouTube Game Videos,” presented at the 5th Annual Music and Media Conference: Music on Small Screens, July 12, 2013, in Ottawa, Canada.

[2013] “Working to Play and Playing to Work: How YouTube Meet-Ups Blur the Boundaries Between Sociality and Self Promotion,” presented at the Southwestern Anthropological Association 84th Annual Conference, April 19, 2013, in San Jose, California.

[2012] “In Synch with Lip-Synching: A Riff on Teen Sociality” presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Meeting, November 4, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

[2012] “Responses to Rants: Perceptions of Entertainment or Civic Engagement?” presented at the American Pragmatics Conference, October 20, 2012, at the University of North Carolina, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

[2012]
“Rhetoricizing Visual Literacies,” was ranked in the “Top 6” papers from the Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication Association. Presented at the International Communication Association Conference, May 25, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona.

[2012] “Six Degrees of Specialization: How Youth Learn on YouTube,” presented at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, March 2, 2012, in San Francisco, California.

[2011] “Imaging and Imagining YouTubia: Chronotopes of Meeting Up,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 16, 2011, in Montreal, Canada.

[2010] “Ready for Prime Time: Toward an Anthropology of New Media,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 19, 2010, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

[2010] “Quieting the Monads: Comparing the Aesthetics and Social Struggles of Italian Neorealists and Video Bloggers,” presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 19, 2010, in Los Angeles, California.

[2009] “Typing Your Way to Technical Identity: Negotiating Ideologies of Online Interaction,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, December 5, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

[2009] “How Bad Videos are Actually Good: Exploring Parodic Displays of Technical Competence on YouTube,” presented at the International Communication Association Conference, May 22, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois.

[2008] “When Do-It-Yourself Video Isn’t,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 21, 2008, in San Francisco, California.

[2008] “Video Reciprocity: Conversations with YouTubers,” presented at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Visual Research Conference, November 18, 2008, in San Francisco, California.

[2008] “The Role of
Er in Self-Correction in Online Conversation,” presented at the North American Workshop on Pragmatics, October 4, 2008, in Toronto, Canada.

[2008] “Beyond Viral Video: Using Youtube to Maintain Social Networks,” presented at the International Communication Association Conference, May 24, 2008, in Montreal, Canada.

[2008] “Pure and Dangerous Cyberspaces: When Semiotic Ideologies Collide Online,” presented at the Society for Cultural Anthropology Conference, May 10, 2008, aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, California.

[2008] “Living in YouTubia: Bordering on Civility,” presented at the Southwestern Anthropological Association Conference, April 11, 2008, Fullerton, California.

[2008] “The Return of the Unruly Active Audience: Structuring Feedback on YouTube,” presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, March 8, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

[2007] “‘Microsoft is Jesus’: An Analysis of Moral Performances of Technical Affiliation,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 29, 2007, in Washington, D.C.

[2007] “Collecting Data and Losing Control: How Studying Video Blogging Challenges Human Subjects Frameworks,” presented at the Association of Internet Researchers Conference, October 20, 2007, in Vancouver, Canada.

[2007] “How ‘Tubers Teach Themselves: Narratives of Self-Teaching as Technical Identity Performance on YouTube,” presented at the Society for the Social Studies of Science Conference, October 11, 2007, in Montreal, Canada.

[2007] “Searching for the “You” in “YouTube”: An Analysis of Online Response Ability” presented at the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry (EPIC) Conference, October 4, 2007, in Keystone, Colorado.

[2007] “What Constitutes Data? Combining Conversation Analysis and Ethnography to Observe the Unobservable,” presented at the 10
th Annual International Pragmatics Association Conference, July 10, 2007, in Göteborg, Sweden.

[2007] “Fostering Friendship through Video Production: How Youth Use Youtube to Enrich Local Interaction” presented at the International Communication Association Conference, May 27, 2007, in San Francisco, California.

[2007]
“Commenting on Comments: Investigating Responses to Antagonism on YouTube” presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology, Annual Conference, March 31, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.

[2007] “An Implicature for Um-Initiated Repair: Signaling Relative Expertise,” presented at the Linguistic Society of America, Annual Conference, January 5, 2007 in Anaheim, California.

[2006] “Finding a Room of One’s Own: Explorations in Conducting Distributed Knowledge Work,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 16, 2006 in San Jose, California.

[2006] “Learning Real Life Lessons from Online Games,” presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science Conference, November 2, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada.

[2006] “Bazaar Conversations: Analyzing the Dialogic Consequences of Open Source Tech Talk,” presented at the 2
nd Annual Conference on Open Source Systems, June 10, 2006 in Lake Como, Italy.

[2006] “Conversational Morality and Information Circulation: How Tacit Notions About Good and Evil Influence Knowledge Exchange,” presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, March 30, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada.

[2005] “Um-Prefaced Responses to Assessments: A Method of Amplifying Disagreement,” presented at the International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Conference, August 6-9, 2005 in Waltham, Massachusetts.

[2005] “Interpellating Identity through the Use of Indexicals: When Peirce Meets Althusser,” presented at the 9th International Pragmatics Conference, July 14, 2005 in Riva del Garda, Italy.

[2005]
“Getting to Know You: Using Hostility to Reduce Anonymity in Online Communication” presented at the XIIIth Symposium about Language and Society—Austin (SALSA) Conference, April 15-17, 2005 in Austin, Texas.

[2005] “Globalization, the Internet, and Diversity: An Orthogonal View,” presented at the International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, February 19, 2005 in Berkeley, California.

[2005] “Internet Anonymity Reconsidered: A Linguistic Case Study,” presented at the 3rd Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 14, 2005 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

[2004] “Constructing New Meaning for the Particle
Um in Computer-Mediated Communication,” presented at the 5th Annual Semantics Fest on Semantics and Pragmatics, March 12, 2004 in Stanford, California.

[2003] “Covert Mentoring on the Internet: Methods for Confirming Status in Imagined Technical Communities,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 19, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.

[2003] “The Case is Closed: How Talk about Open Source Technologies Complicates Freedom of Expression on the Internet,” presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference October 18, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia.

[2003] “Identity Performance and Disruption on the Internet,” presented at the University of Michigan/University of Chicago Conference in Linguistic Anthropology, May 9, 2003 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

[2002] “Performing Technical Affiliation: How Tech Talk is Shaping Communication,” presented at the University of Michigan/University of Chicago Conference in Linguistic Anthropology, May 11, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois.

[1998] “Inequality Begins at Home: Investigating Normative Conventions on Web Home Pages,” presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting, December 5, 1998 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

[1997] “The Cyborg Within: Comparing Cyborg Visions from Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell,” presented at the Community of Anthropologists in Science, Technology, and Computers Conference, June 29, 1997 in Troy, New York.

[1995] “To Play or Not to Play: Experiencing a Game in a Virtual Environment” (co-author with Dr. Charline Poirier), presented at the American Anthropological Association Meeting in November 18, 1995 in Washington D.C.