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Student Profile: Anthony Glyn Burton
I'm a Ph.D. student at the Department of Communications interested in computing, ideology, and "new" media, whatever that is. The time that I'm allowed to say "new" media is running out, because I don't have TikTok. One time I filled out a profile like this for a tutoring company that I worked for, and said that I was a big fan of tuna melts. I still love 'em but I've since gone vegetarian.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I came to SFU for three main reasons: the opportunity to work with Dr. Wendy Chun and the Digital Democracies Institute, the school's strong history at the forefront of labour activism, and the chance to learn from a wide variety of communications and media scholars.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.
At Christmas, I usually tell my family that I study the internet. If the conversation doesn't end there, I say that I study politics on the internet. One time I managed to say that I study the politics *of* the internet.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
Despite the viral elephant in the Zoom room, everybody -- both my fellow cohort and professors -- has really been aware that we're in the same situation together, and this has really fostered a sense of community.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?
I hold a Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Provost Prize of Distinction. In addition to that, I'm a doctoral researcher at the Digital Democracies Institute.
More than anything, this financial aid has afforded my time and mental space to be focused on my research.