Tim Squirrell is a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His research focusses on construction and negotiation of authority and expertise on the internet, with a focus on fitness and nutrition communities.

New post on LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog

New post on LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog

As part of the spate of articles I've written after attending the DMI Summer School, I've got a new piece up on the LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog. It's about the novel methods I developed to study Reddit. You can use Google's BigQuery platform combined with an open Reddit comments dataset to plumb the depths of every comment ever made on Reddit, and then use RawGraphs or HalfViz to visualise the results pretty easily. I've done it with the Trump fan subreddit The_Donald, but it could be done for pretty much any Reddit-based community you like.

It goes along with my recent blog on how the word "cuck" spread across Reddit, picking up all sorts of malign connotations along the way. I've also recently written about the way that Reddit in particular, and the internet in general, shapes the kinds of arguments we have and the sorts of beliefs that we are likely to hold.

You can see the LSE Impact piece on how digital methods can be used to understand the language and dynamics of Reddit communities here.

If you're interested in Reddit-based social science or research into the Alt Right, keep an eye out. There's more to come.

New article on the New Statesman - cucks, the alt-right, and free speech

New article on the New Statesman - cucks, the alt-right, and free speech

Wake up and smell the covfefe: how the internet shapes our beliefs and why experts need to adapt or die

Wake up and smell the covfefe: how the internet shapes our beliefs and why experts need to adapt or die