AoIR offers congratulations to the winner of the 2017 Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award, Chris Julien, a Ph.D. student in Sociology at The Pennsylvania State University. We look forward to meeting him and discussing his work this year in Tartu.
The Couch Award is presented annually by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research and recognizes excellent student-authored papers.
Chris’s paper, “The Information-Technological Media of Imgur, Reddit and Twitter,” uses Couch’s foundational work on information technologies to evaluate some sociological research since the time of his writing, and to argue that each unique website studied constitutes a distinct information-technological medium.
The Couch Award was established by the Couch Center in 2002 as the centerpiece of an extensive awards program. Competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students of all disciplines, and winners are selected by a committee of university professors. The winner receives a cash award as well as the opportunity to present the paper at the international conference of the Association of Internet Researchers in October.