Three book chapters

I’ve finished up revisions on a few book chapters in the last few months. Here are the preprints: Rettberg, Jill Walker. “Online Diaries and Blogs.” In The Diary, edited by Batsheva Ben-Amos and Dan Ben-Amos. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming. Pre-print, September […]

Jilltxt discovers musical.ly

I’ve been fascinated by musical.ly recently. It’s an app that is extremely popular among tweens and young teens, and is mostly used for lip-syncing. There’s a lot to be said about the app, but here is a short thing I said about […]

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What high school students think about Snapchat stories

Update June 28: Here is the dataset of my survey of these students on Google Sheets or download it from Figshare. Feel free to use it but please let me know!! Anders and I are researching Snapchat stories. Mostly we’re watching hundreds and hundreds […]

What if the web is almost over?

Nearly ten thousand researchers and no doubt thousands more students have quoted danah boyd and Nicole Ellison’s 2007 definition of social media: We define social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within […]

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Researchers on Snapchat

I’ve been posting research stories on Snapchat most weekdays this month, and I’m really enjoying it. I know it doesn’t fit with the ephemerality of Snapchat, but I’ve been saving the stories and posting them on YouTube in a special playlist so […]

What kinds of narrative are Snapchat stories?

I’ve been watching lots of Snapchat stories and thinking about the narrative techniques they use – I think I need to write a paper about that. So today’s Snapchat Research Story is about Snapchat and narrative. This story is over three minutes […]