After completing his MA in culture society and globalisation, Dylan’s interests shifted towards internet spaces & how these are able to mediate social interaction. He would become fascinated with how individuals choose to act within differing and sometimes conflicting areas both within the digital and physical world. As such, Dylan began his PhD in 2018 as a part-time student under the supervision of Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce and Professor David Beer - examining & understanding memorial spaces online under the working title ‘Resisting the Grave: Memorialisation in Cyberspace’.
Whilst initially reasoning with avenues of interest such as ownership & locale in digital communities, it would soon become clear that further research was needed in order to examine the newly-emerging methods of interaction that accompany a rapid change in the medium of communication. As such, Dylan’s current PhD research examines the digital world through the vernacular of authenticities, archival tendencies and finalities by both interviewing participants of the culture & examining the the spaces in which they partake.
After choosing to take a break from his career as a social media manager, he is now engaged in full-time research. Outside of his study at the University of York, Dylan has a keen interest in all things music history & outward bound activities.