We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award is Ryan Ceresola, MA student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, for his paper: I Don’t Play Unless You Do: A Qualitative Analysis of Stigma Management and Techniques of Neutralization in the World of Warcraft.
Since 2002 AoIR has partnered with the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (cccsir.com) to host the Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Award recognizes student-authored papers that apply symbolic interactionist approaches to Internet studies. It is open to students at all levels, undergraduate through Ph.D. candidates, in all disciplines, and from all regions. The award committee for this year consisted of Mark D. Johns, Lori Kendal, Annette Markham, and Lois Scheidt.
The Award will be presented at IR 13.0.