Dr Sean Rintel
Sean Rintel's research focuses on how the affordances and constraints of communication technologies interact with language, social action, and culture. He has investigated videochat, Instant Messaging, online forums, and other platforms in contexts ranging from the personal to the institutional.
His teaching focuses on facilitating students’ discovery of strategic opportunities for making principled communication choices. He is also interested in professional practice and how practitioners push the development of technologies to amplify communicative craft, control, and choice.
He is a regular contributor to The Conversation and frequently provides media opinions on the radio and in newspapers. He is a life member and board member of Electronic Frontiers Australia, an advocacy group dedicated to giving voice to Australians on matters of digital access, freedom, and privacy.
- PhD (University at Albany, SUNY)
- BA (Hons), MA (The University of Queensland)
- Computer-mediated communication: Real-time interaction; Videochat; Chat rooms; Online relationships; Telehealth and tele-education
- Communication technology design: Interaction design; Social and mobile computing; Technologial trouble (accounts, workarounds, error messages)
- Internet culture: Online community; Memes; Creativity and intellectual property
- Social media strategy: Design, branding, enterprise applications
- Online self-presentation: Social presence; Automated identity; Digital astroturfing
- Technology and presentation: Slideware; Video; Linking presentations to social media strategy
- New models of journalism: Professional/citizen; Data-mining; Automation
- Social history and representations of communication technology
- Conversation Analysis
- Membership Categorisation
- Participant Observation
- Remote Observation
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Research Higher Degree Supervision
- Hanif Baharin "SonicAir: Supporting social presence in independent living with sonification." PhD: ITEE. Primary Supervisor: Dr Stephen Viller (ITEE). Associate Supervisor/s: Dr Sean Rintel
- Andrew Harvey. "Encouraging consumers to save energy using real time interactive smart meters." MPhil: SJC. Primary Supervisor: Dr Sean Rintel. Associate Supervisor/s Dr Richard Fitzgerald.
- Amber Marshall. "Sensemaking and organising in virtual settings". PhD: Business. Primary Supervisor: Prof. Jorgen Sandberg. Associate Supervisor/s: Dr Sean Rintel
- Melanie McKenzie. ““But does it work?” Values in Science Communication Evaluations”. PhD: EMSAH. Primary Supervisor: Dr Joan Leach. Associate Supervisor/s Dr Richard Fitzgerald; Dr Sean Rintel.
- Edward Reynolds "Enticing a Challengeable: Sequence, category and embodied action in the construction of antagonism." PhD: SJC. Primary Supervisor: Dr Richard Fitzgerald. Associate Supervisor/s: Dr Rod Gardner (Griffith University, SEPS); Dr Sean Rintel
- Jason Yang - How can computer interfaces support virtual collaboration in clothing industry? PhD: ITEE; Primary Supervisor: Dr Stephen Viller (ITEE). Associate Supervisor/s: Dr Sean Rintel
- Yanshuang Zhang. "Microblogging and Its Impact on Public Sphere in China: A Case study of Sina Weibo". Primary Supervisor: Dr John Harrison. Associate Supervisor/s: Dr Dan Angus; Dr Sean Rintel
- Courtney McKean "Public Relations, social media, and professional identity". PhD: SJC: Primary Supervisor Dr Nicholas Carah; Associate Supervisor/s Dr Sean Rintel & Dr Elizabeth Mitchell
- Caroline McKinnon "Visualising Plain Language". PhD: SJC: Co-Primary Supervisor Dr Sean Rintel & Dr Daniel Angus
- Rintel, S. (Forthcoming - 2015). Categories in technologised interaction: Collaboratively building a working sense of troubled mediation in video calling (provisional title). In R. Fitzgerald & W. Housley (Eds.). Membership categorization analysis: Studies of social knowledge in action. London: Sage.
- Harrison, J., Rintel, S., & Mitchell, E.K. (Forthcoming - 2013). Social Media in Australia. In C. Litang & M.H. Prosser (Eds.). Social Media in Asia. Doerzbach, Germany: Dignity Press.
- Rintel, S. (2013). Video Calling in Long-Distance Relationships: The Opportunistic use of Audio/Video Distortions as a Relational Resource. The Electronic Journal of Communication / La Revue Electronic de Communication (EJC/REC) (Special issue on Videoconferencing in Practice: 21st Century Challenges), 23 (1&2).
- Rintel, S. (2013). The 21st Century Videoconferencing Dilemma: What Does The "Next Best Thing to Being There" Mean? Editor's Introduction to The Electronic Journal of Communication / La Revue Electronic de Communication (EJC/REC) (Special issue on Videoconferencing in Practice: 21st Century Challenges), 23 (1&2).
- Rintel, S. (2013). Tech-tied or tongue-tied? Technological versus social trouble in relational video calling. Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 3343-3352). DOI 10.1109/HICSS.2013.512
- Rintel, S. (2013). Crisis Memes: The Importance of Templatability to Internet Culture and Freedom of Expression. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 2 (2): 253-271. DOI: 10.1386/ajpc.2.2.253_1
- Angus, D., Rintel, S. & Wiles, J. (2013). Making sense of big text: a visual-first approach for analysing text data using Leximancer and Discursis. International Journal of Social Research Methodology (Special Issue: Computational Social Science: Research Strategies, Design and Methods), 16 (3), 261-267, doi: 10.1080/13645579.2013.774186
- Rintel, S. (2012). Review of D. Crystal, Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 35, (2), 218-220.
- Harris, J., Theobald, M., Danby, S., Reynolds, E., Rintel, S. (2012). What’s going on here? The pedagogy of a data analysis session. Pp. 83-95 in Lee & Danby (Eds.) Reshaping doctoral education: International Approaches and Pedagogies. London: Routledge.
- Yang, J., Viller, S., & Rintel, S. (2012). Outsourcing: Mashing up design methods and technologies in the fashion industry. Participatory Innovation Conference (PIN-C) 2012, January 12-14, Melbourne, Australia.
- Rintel, E. Sean. 2010. Conversational management of network trouble perturbations in personal videoconferencing. In Proceedings of the 22nd Conference of the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group of Australia on Computer-Human Interaction (OZCHI '10) (pp. 304-311). doi:10.1145/1952222.1952288
- Rintel, S. 2007. Maximizing environmental validity: remote recording of desktop videoconferencing. In Proceedings of the 12th international conference on Human-computer interaction: interaction design and usability (HCI'07) (pp. 911-920). doi:10.1007/978-3-540-73105-4_100
- Pomerantz, A. & Rintel, E.S. 2004. Practices for reporting and responding to test results during medical consultations: Enacting the roles of paternalism and independent expertise. Discourse Studies, 6 (1): 9–26. DOI: 10.1177/1461445604039437
- Rintel, E.S., Pittam, J., & Mulholland, J. 2003. Time will tell: Ambiguous non-responses on Internet Relay Chat. The Electronic Journal of Communication, 13 (1).
- Rintel, E.S., Mulholland, J., & Pittam, J. 2001. First things first: Internet Relay Chat openings. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 6 (3).
- McKay, S., & Rintel, E.S. 2001. Online Television Forums: Interactivity, Access, and Transactional Space. The Electronic Journal of Communication / La Revue Electronic de Communication (EJC/REC), 11 (2).
- Rintel, E. S. & Pittam, J. 1997. Strangers in a strange land: Interaction management on Internet Relay Chat. Human Communication Research, 23, 507-534.
- Rintel, S. (2012, June 28). Are undergrads really more influential than Gruen panelists? Klout thinks so. mUmBRELLA (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2011, November 2). The Evolution of Fail Pets: Strategic Whimsy and Brand Awareness in Error Messages. UX Magazine (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2013, April 10). ‘Slacktivism’ vs ‘snarktivism’: how do you take your online activism? The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. & Lim, C. (2012, September 21). Stalking your ex on Facebook is creepy … and bad for you. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2012, July 28). Social media winners and losers in the Olympics opening ceremony. The Conversation (Online).
- Zhang, Y. & Rintel, S. (2012, July 20). Chinese internet censorship? Seeking the ‘truth’ on Weibo. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2012, July 17). Meme team: Olympic fandom meets the internet. The Conversation (Online).
- Zhang, Y. & Rintel, S. (2012, June 29). No-no on Weibo: China challenges the New York Times. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2012, June 18). Airtime’s Facebook video service gambles on the kindness of strangers. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2012, May 31). Mindshare is still Facebook’s biggest asset. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2012, May 2). Convergence Review: A bet each way on user-generated content. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2012, April 20). Eau de MacBook Pro takes ‘unboxing porn’ to a new level. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2012, March 22). A new way to share – why Pinterest isn’t just another social network. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2012, March 19). What This American Life's retraction can teach us about the Finkelstein report. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2011, December 8). Should we send work email to the trash? The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2011, November 4). Do privacy settings work in the age of online reputation management? The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2011, November 3). Unthink rethinks online identity - and fronts up to Facebook and Google+. The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2011, October 17). Why aren’t we using Google+? The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2011, August 30). Is StumbleUpon trumping Facebook in the internet attention wars? The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2011, August 15). Obama? Norway killings? London riots? You can has a meme for that… The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2011, July 18). Are Facebook and Google+ limiting your opinions? The Conversation (Online).
- Rintel, S. (2011, July 12). Face to Facebook: Can video chat get over its hang-ups? The Conversation (Online).
2012-2014: Inspiring Australia: Unlocking Australia’s Potential - New Approaches to Training in Science.
Chief Investigator: Joan Leach.
Partners: The University of Queensland, EConnect Ltd, the Australian Science Media Centre, the University of Western Australia.
Named grant members: Joan Leach, Richard Fitzgerald, John Harrison, Sean Rintel, Jennifer Metcalfe, Allison Binney, Susannah Elliot. Keywords: Science Journalism; Training; Social Media; Critical Thinking; Visualisation; Statistics; Credibility; Politicisation; Engagement.
2010-2013: The Interactional Experience of Telerehabilitation for Disordered Speech in Parkinson's Disease. Amount: $12,000.
Funded by: The University of Queensland New Staff Research Start-Up Fund.
Chief Investigator: Sean Rintel.
Collaborators: The University of Queensland Telerehabilitation Research Unit.
Keywords: Telehealth; Videoconferencing; Computer-Supported Collaborative Work; Home Users; Speech Therapy; Parkinson’s Disease.
2009: Top Student Paper in Human Communication and Technology, National Communication Association 95th Annual Convention, November 12-15, 2009, Chicago, Illinois. For: Rintel, E.S. 2009. Coping with personal desktop videoconferencing bandwidth problems: Reactions, resolution outcome and continuity outcomes.
2002: Top-Four paper in Language and Social Interaction Division. 88th Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, November. For Pomerantz, A., & Rintel, E.S. 2002. Displaying deference while seeking information: Analysis of patients’ information seeking strategies.
2006: Award for Excellent Teaching by a Graduate Student, Instructional and Developmental Division of the International Communication Association.