Theses

I wrote two theses. One for my bachelor and one for my master, both concerning YouTube.

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My bachelor thesis ‘YouTube Poop. A Picture of the Digital’ can be viewed by clicking here: Scriptie YouTube Poop v.2.

Abstract: This paper discusses the web video genre YouTube Poop. After describing it extensively, based on thirty user channels, YouTube Poop is discussed in the light of possible aesthetic predecessors and literature regarding the fundaments of the web. The aesthetics and style conventions of YTP are shaped by both Postmodern culture and the digital. Finally, early and contemporary Poops are distinctive in meaning and intention.

Universiteit van Amsterdam
Media & Cultuur (Media and Culture), New Media

Supervisor: Michael Stevenson
20 June 2011. Word count: 11.420

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My master thesis ‘“Kony is a Swell Guy” – A Spectrum of YouTube Comment Critique‘ can be found here: Thesis Kony is a Swell Guy.

Abstract: There are many different types of comments found underneath the video’s, including critique towards the platform, the video and the message. Does the YouTube comment sphere have potential to be a critical platform? What is the relation between the comment, the video and other comments? And is there an underlying commenting structure? These questions are posed and answered with the help of theory by Jürgen Habermas, Ferdinand de Saussure, Geert Lovink, and (previous) YouTube comment research among other sources. The ‘KONY 2012’ issue proved to be an excellent case study as a means of researching YouTube comments and coding them. For four video’s, ten diverse variables were used, concerning what a comment is about, who it is written for, in what style and tone, and whether it is expressing critique. With a calculated average of 73% of comments that are critical, the next step is to identify the patterns, the similarities, and the differences in commenting behaviors. YouTube’s comment section is subjected to a thorough, qualitative research, having everything to do with critical public spheres, semiotics, and interpretation logics.

Universiteit van Amsterdam
Master New Media

Supervisor: Bernhard Rieder
22 June 2012. Word count: 18.985

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