Trevor Smith is a master’s student in the Department of Communication. His research focuses on critical approaches to political media, especially in the contexts of digital media and popular culture. Trevor is currently working on research projects oriented around the influence of political satire in digital spaces. Particularly, he is researching how political satire affects political socialization and radicalization. Trevor’s undergraduate work was broader, focusing on critical approaches to digital popular media in general.
Algorithmic Content: An Unforeseen Force in Digital Media
My project will broadly survey the range of algorithmic content creation programs already available for popular use online. These include programs that can automatically create images, videos, music, and more from user prompts or sampled content already available online. As part of this project, I will consider the potential popularization of these algorithmic media forms, and therefore their impact on digital sustainability. I will also perform a close critical analysis of the potential political, ideological, and cultural impacts of the popularization of this media, and generate conclusions about the possible implications of innovation on existing AI and algorithms.