Patrick Davison

I am a doctoral candidate at the department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU.

My research is on the past and present of social media. My dissertation project is titled: Locating the User in American Social Media: A History of the Networked Present.

My next project is on the history of independent gaming in the 1970s, and on a format of game I call the 'Type-In.'

Currently, I work as Research Analyst for Data & Society. I am an adjuct instructor at Santa Monica College, and an editor for PBS Idea Channel and Crash Course.

I am also one third of a show called MemeFactory.

You can email me at patrick.davison[at]


(Not all of these are open access sources, feel free to contact me if you'd like a draft copy of any piece.)

Because of the Pixels: On the History, Form, and Influence of MS Paint in the Journal of Visual Culture.

On Avril Lavigne's missing YouTube comments in Critical Quarterly.

The Language of Internet Memes in The Social Media Reader.

Videos of Work

Emulating Destroyus

IGNITE: The Plight of the Digital Chicken

Web 2.0: The Online Animal Economy

Thoughtful Blog Posts

Gender Representation Example

A New Version of Kurd Wissman's Universal Library

A Discussion of Imaginary Games

A Translation Problem

The Comment Thread of Babel