Happy New Year! We hope your semester is off to a good start!
Our first news item this year is an awesome presentation by second year students Joel Schneier and Petter Kudenov. Just this weekend, they presented “Texting in Motion: Towards the Synchronous Study of SMS” at the American Dialect Society’s 2016 meeting in Washington DC. Their paper, an outgrowth of collaborative project from core CRDM coursework, presents the methodological efficacy of researching how text-messaging is produced and performed in-the-moment. Relying on a revolutionary custom-made chat application that recorded keystrokes from a smartphone and a heads mounted GoPro camera, Peter and Joel were able to collect data about how individuals compose text-messages– including what they deleted–in a mobile and social space.