Just a quick note to commemorate the 6th birthday of Cyborgology. We’ve gone from a small band of grad students to a slightly larger band of grad students (and faculty) who live all around the world. We’ve covered everything from the (probably) last presidential election to the resurgence of memes as a cultural object worthy of careful dissection and analysis (admit it—people were barely talking about those things for like a year or something).
We are proud to announce several new contributors to the blog, all of whom have been writing all month without a proper introduction:
- Crystal Abidin is covering everything viral including (but definitely not limited to) Pen Pineapple, Apple Pen, shifts in the influencer industry, and grotesque microcelebrity.
- Gabi Schaffzin has written about Angela Washko, the War on Science, the XOXO fest, and Mr. Robot.
- Stephen McNulty has essays up about trans rights, viral geographies, and media desire.
- Marley-Vincent Lindsey has got an essay up about the meme that fell from grace: Pepe. And, most recently, reflected on communities in World of Warcraft and the reserach that engendered.
And of course Britney Summit-Gil has been keeping track of the election and most recently wrote about all the tech around controlling people through controlling menstruation. Click on everyone’s names to get a list of everything they’ve written for the blog and be sure to check out the editors and authors page to read more about them. We are also looking forward to a few new regular by lines in the near future including Maya Indira Ganesh and Gabriele de Seta.
Your editors have been very busy as well! Jenny has taken a job at Australian National University and David earned his PhD last summer and is doing a bunch of different academic odd jobs. Co-Founder Nathan Jurgenson is crushing it with his new publication, Real Life Mag and PJ Patella-Rey is in the final stretch of dissertating.