One challenge with my research interests related to academic publishing is that a lot of them are focused on futuring. I’m interested in how platforms in a given moment are relevant to a zeitgeist, but also how they illuminate larger concerns. Right now, I’m intrigued by how educators are using Discord and how libraries are using Twitch. (Hell, how congresspeople are using Twitch.) I’m interested in what this all means, but by the time any traditional scholarship happens, some of these will be passe. What insights from their heyday will remain, though? I’m going to ponder this further and how I can make this part of what I do.

Kimberly Hirsh @kimberlyhirsh