[Air-L] Academic work on the website 4chan?

Iain Smith iainrobertsmith at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 10:38:13 PST 2011

Hi Iain,

As Matt Gold suggests, Gabriella Coleman's work would be very useful.
You can listen to her talk on the topic at the following address
http://thenexthope.org/talks-list/ and there are a series of videos at

Other academic work in the area that I have come across:

Alex Bair has a paper on Anonymous from an anthropological perspective

Bill Kirkpatrick has an In Media Res post

Henry Jenkins has a post on his blog (from an anonymous grad student)

Whitney Philips is a PhD student in Oregon doing some work on trolling
and 4chan although I'm not sure if she has published any of it yet

Hope that is helpful!


Dr Iain Robert Smith
Lecturer in Film
Department of Media, Culture and Language
Roehampton University
London  SW15 5SL
Email: Iain.Smith at roehampton.ac.uk

On 6 February 2011 14:15, Iain Ros MacKenzie <IRosMacKenzie at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I am curious to know if anyone on this list knows if there have been any
> pieces of academic work on the subject of 4chan and the phenomenon of
> anonymity on the Internet?  I've been doing some hunting of my own and have
> so far only found a TED presentation by the website's founder
> here<http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/christopher_m00t_poole_the_case_for_anonymity_online.html?awesm=on.ted.com_8Mmx>,
> newspaper articles, and of course the Wikipedia and Encyclopedia dramatica
> entries for the website, which, while interesting, will not be adequate (at
> least on their own) for the literature review section of my project.
> If anyone would be willing to point me in the right direction it would be
> much appreciated!
> Yours sincerely,
> Iain MacKenzie
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