Using digital technologies to research children in time

This is a presentation I gave last week – developed entirely just based on the prescribed title topic. Feel free to skim any of it (with correct attributions) if it applies to your work! Using Digital Technologies to Research Children in Time from Stefanie Duguay   WHY use digital technologies to research children in time? Continue reading “Using digital technologies to research children in time”

Queer, Feminist and Social Media Praxis workshop: A diversity of perspectives

This past year, I’ve had trouble referring to my program as ‘Internet studies’ even though it provides a quick alternative to the mouthful that is Social Science of the Internet. Sure, we had to learn about Internet architecture, the actual tubes and wires connecting everything, but really we study people, politics, economics, networks, and interactions onContinue reading “Queer, Feminist and Social Media Praxis workshop: A diversity of perspectives”

Gotta catch them all: Your Facebook Likes

(What does my new mug say about me?) Just thought I’d let everyone know what I’ve been up to since I haven’t seen the sun in about a week and it’s not even due to the British weather. I’m designing a Facebook application for a class where we are learning how to gather social dataContinue reading “Gotta catch them all: Your Facebook Likes”

Not ready to throw in the towel yet: Thoughts on Big Data, digital social research, and academia

(Not the future, merely the Gladstone Link) Full disclosure: This was written for a ‘position paper’ assignment in my Digital Social Research course at the OII. The article by Savage and Burrows (2007) plays on an insecurity that haunts me every time I pay my tuition: what ensures that social researchers have valuable, employable skills?Continue reading “Not ready to throw in the towel yet: Thoughts on Big Data, digital social research, and academia”

Facebook’s Privacy Q&A: An image of public participation?

A really exciting project I’m working on this term is an analysis of Facebook’s Site Governance page and the voting and commenting process that takes place there. In fact, this is research YOU might be able to take part in, so head over here to check it out. Part of my research includes looking atContinue reading “Facebook’s Privacy Q&A: An image of public participation?”

In some paradigms, your hipbone may not exist: The anatomy of research design

To follow-up on my previous post, it seems that some progress has been made. The more I delve into the complexity of debates in qualitative methodology, where the researcher is continually referred to as a bricoleur, a craftsperson, a story-weaver, etc. (unfortunately never a multi-billionaire), the more it seems that one should simply approach debates byContinue reading “In some paradigms, your hipbone may not exist: The anatomy of research design”

Age old debates and the perils of endless reflexivity

(Photo taken at the Ashmolean Museum) Nothing like an assigned reading about the use of blogs in research (Wakeford & Cohen, 2008) to convince me that blogging is a worthwhile pursuit and not just semi-productive procrastination. The authors reminded me that blogging is supposed to be ‘of the moment’ and so I’ll share with youContinue reading “Age old debates and the perils of endless reflexivity”

When you’re this big, they call you Big Data*

Upon stepping off the plane from Canada, I was fortunate enough to attend the Oxford Internet Institute’s latest conference: Internet, Politics, Policy 2012: Big Data, Big Challenges.  It was a fascinating gathering of the leading experts in this small but substantially growing field. Since my background is in qualitative methods and I have yet toContinue reading “When you’re this big, they call you Big Data*”

So read me maybe! (Or, Fifty Shades of Canadian Media)

(Image courtesy of stuffwecomeupwit.com)  So what have I been doing with my time? Working hard to get Carly Rae Jepsen out of my head, mailing paperwork, crunching numbers, procrastinating by watching Girls under the guise of staying up-to-date with pop culture, and obviously not blogging enough. But while everyone (including Ellen) has been busy indulging inContinue reading “So read me maybe! (Or, Fifty Shades of Canadian Media)”