Kevin Driscoll is an assistant professor in the department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. His research explores popular culture, political communication, and the history of computing. Some of his recent work explores everyday and emerging uses of social media such as live-tweeting, joking about politics, and spreading rumors. His dissertation traced the pre-history of social media through the dial-up bulletin board systems of the 1980s and 1990s. Currently, he is writing a technical and cultural history of the French Minitel system in collaboration with Julien Mailland from Indiana University.
Thesis: Stepping Your Game Up: Technical Innovation Among Young People of Color in Hip-Hop