Parker Bach

Graduate student, M.A. in Media, Culture and Technology, University of Virginia

Parker Bach is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and recently graduated as part of the first M.A. cohort in media, culture and technology at the University of Virginia, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in media studies. Parker has researched a variety of topics, including college campus emergency communication technologies, communication infrastructure rollout policy and news coverage of the recent Paycheck Protection Program. His master’s research focused on the Christian-conservative, online news satire of The Babylon Bee, with attention to its adaption of the carnivalesque to the conservative countersphere and its dependence on and conflict with social media platforms. As a rising doctoral student at UNC, Parker hopes to continue using political humor and contestations over humor as a window into such topics as the digitally mediated public sphere, platform governance, and online speech and censorship