This week on the podcast, Catherine White, graduate student at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she is researching productive participatory discussion, talks about her thesis on the Noisy Idiot Dilemma. White explains the dilemma — how to foster productive online conversation when certain speakers exhibit noisy, unproductive, or unhelpful behavior — and discusses her research on various online forums, weblog comments, effects of humor, anonymity, and empathy online, and characteristics of elastic, oily conversation.
- The Noisy Idiot Dilemma: How To Make Participatory Online Conversation Easier , first two chapters of White’s thesis
- White’s Ignite NYC presentation on the Noisy Idiot Dilemma
- White’s ITP thesis presentation
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