"The Vernacular Vortex: Analyzing the Endless Churn of Trump's Twitter Orbit"
Ryan M. Milner and Whitney Phillips
Wednesday, April 18th, 4:10-6:00 p.m.
STS Conference Room, SSH 1246
his talk explores how digitally-mediated folkloric and institutional expressions influence one other and memetically shape public conversations. It will focus in particular on the deluge of antagonistic and ambivalent folkloric expression surrounding the quasi-official Twitter persona of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, which amplifies and is amplified by a variety of institutional forces, including emerging journalism practices, algorithmic docenting, and content moderation policies. In so doing, this talk will show that it is critical to consider this intertwine of folkloric and institutional expressions when responding to unfolding public controversies or mediated narratives.
Ryan M. Milner is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the College of Charleston. His work includes The World Made Meme: Public Conversations and Participatory Media. Whitney Phillips is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies and Writing at the Penfield College of Mercer University. She is the author of This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture. Milner and Phillips are the co-authors of The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online.