Next week I will be attending the IR 14: resistance + appropriation conference Denver, CO. I am in a interesting preconference workshop Resisting the (Facebook) Interface organized by Nancy Baym and Andrew Herman. The topic of my paper is “‘Change name to No One. Like people’s status.’ On Trolling the Facebook Interface.” It is based on an article forthcoming in the Fibreculture Journal’s special issue on online trolling. It discusses identity trolling through cases such as ‘facebook trolling at its best.’ The abstract for the talk is attached below:
Whitney Phillips (2012: 3) has recently argued that in order to understand trolls and trolling we should focus on ‘what trolls do’ and how the behaviour of trolls ‘fit in and emerge alongside dominant ideologies.’ For Phillips dominant ideologies are connected to the ‘corporate media logic.‘ The premise, which I will build on in this paper, is that the logic of a social media platform can be explored through the troll. I will discuss how trolls and trolling operate alongside with Facebook’s politics and practices of user participation and user agency. A specific emphasis is given to the Tardean (Tarde 1903) inspired idea of affective construction of the social, and examining different powers that are mobilized when trolls and trolling occurs.
Phillips, Whitney. ‘The House That Fox Built: Anonymous, Spectacle, and Cycles of Amplification’, Television & New Media published online before print, 30 August (2012): 1-16.
Tarde, Gabriel. Laws of Imitation, trans. Elsie Clews Parsons (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1903; 1890).