I am fascinated and encouraged by the Internet's potential to provide a voice for marginalized communities, and to broadly distribute power. While some traditional inequalities are perpetuated on the Internet by unequal access to hardware, service, and skills, recent trends online make it easier for even relatively unskilled web users to produce content. Participatory news sites like digg.com and slashdot.org allow community members to write, share, and comment on news stories with others, who then promote stories by voting for them. This provides an interesting arena in which large communities of individual users and collective actors engage in framing contests.
I received my B.A. in sociology from Boston College, where I began working with Bill Gamson on his latest project, the Global Justice Game. In addition to conducting research for the Global Justice Game, I am MRAP's and the Global Justice Game's web designer and developer. Bill Gamson was my advisor for my senior thesis, Star Wars Galaxies and the Division of Labor, a look at organic solidarity and the socialization process in a popular massively multiplayer online game.
I am currently researching web trends independently and write for my own blog.