Hello my name is Whitney Phillips.
I have a BA in Philosophy (Humboldt State University, 2004), an MFA in Creative Writing (Emerson College, 2007), and in 2012 received my PhD in English with a Digital Culture/Folklore structured emphasis from the University of Oregon. I am currently a faculty associate in Sociology at Humboldt State University, and am the Assistant Director of the Cultural Department for the Table Bluff Wiyot tribe.
My academic research focuses on transgressive humor, cultural outliers, and mischief generally; I’ve written and am in the process of revising a book about the social and political context of subcultural trolling, with ethnographic focus on 4chan and Facebook. In addition to trolling behaviors (brief history of the term here and why I dislike the imperative “don’t feed the trolls” here), I’m also interested in so-bad-it’s-good
anti fandoms, internet memes (political and otherwise), moral panics, various forms of culture jamming, the intersection(s) of race, gender, and class, online antagonism (which often has a great deal to do with the intersection(s) of race, gender, and class), online vigilantism, online comment moderation, and have recently been dabbling in discourses surrounding free speech online.
For more of my non-academic writing, check out my profile on Modern Primate. I just can’t with Facebook, but occasionally tweet pictures of my dog at @wphillips49. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Oh, and why “billions and billions?”)