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Ryan M. Milner

Ryan M. Milner
Image Credit: Heather Moran, College of Charleston

College of Charleston

Fellow in Research Area 4: "Literary Currencies", June 2022

Ryan M. Milner is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston. He studies internet culture, which means he studies everything from funny GIFs to Twitter debates to large scale propaganda campaigns. Across this work, he examines how online interaction matters socially, politically and culturally. He’s the author and co-author of four books, including The World Made Meme: Public Conversations and Participatory Media, The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online,and You Are Here: A Field Guide to Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Media Landscape. His newest book, Thinking Ecologically about Social Media: Connection, Consequence, and Shared Responsibility, is forthcoming in 2023 from MITeen Press. Written for middle grades readers, the book adapts Ryan’s work for people just beginning to delve into life online. Ryan has also contributed commentary to outlets like TIMESlate, the Los Angeles Review of Books, NBC News and the New York Times.

Research Project at EXC Temporal Communities: 

Platform as Genre in Social Media Storytelling