amyj | MIT Center for Civic Media

Amy Johnson

I'm a PhD student in MIT's HASTS program, where I study language and technology and ask questions like, How do communities form around media technologies? How should we understand the relative importance of media, language, and location in social interaction? How do individuals and institutions navigate the competing/cooperative/other claims of different forms of mediation?

Yep, giant questions. I explore such questions through the lens of online parody and satire. Focal points include censorship, collaborative creativity, and world creation. Particularly on/at Twitter and across multiple linguistic environments (English, Arabic, and Japanese). And I like telegraphy. It's cool.