Research assistance

IMRAD: I’m including a link to the IMRAD Cheat Sheet from CMU I distributed in class. Feel free to use this as a model for structuring your own projects if it helps.

Qualitative Research: A number of you will be doing qualitative studies where you survey, interview, or observe people. If you’ve never done this sort of project before, I highly recommend Dana Lynn Driscol, “Introduction to Primary Research: Observations, Surveys, and Interviews” ; it’s a pretty easy read that offers good basic advice.

Stats Help: If you’re doing a larger survey and want help with setting up questions or crunching numbers, the Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research (CSCAR) office offers free consulting services.

More on privacy

Some research of possible interest:

Anne West, Jane Lewis, and Peter Currie, “Students’ Facebook ‘Friends’: Public and Private Spheres.”  Speaks to anxieties about surveillance (e.g., parents as Facebook friends) and the fuzzy boundaries between public and private in SM environments.

Petter Bae Brandtzæg , Marika Lüders & Jan Håvard Skjetne, “Too Many Facebook ‘Friends’? Content Sharing and Sociability Versus the Need for Privacy in Social Network Sites.”  Suggests, as per our conversation, that users may respond to concerns about privacy by being less willing to share private content…



Syllabus update

I’ve updated the syllabus online to reflect the recent changes we discussed in class. Thanks for your flexibility on this; I think it will make for stronger work all around.

What’s a zine, grampa?

The beauty of zines in their day was that they offered people a chance to be writers in a world where publishing opportunities for ordinary citizens were scarce and allowed the formation of communities of sorts  where few such opportunities seemed to exist.

Remember, these were the dark days before social media, blogging software, and, as most folks were concerned, pretty much the internet.

Dan Melin’s “The Rise and Fall of Zines” offers a pretty good analysis (published in an online journal that has a bit of zine-y feel itself). For a more scholarly take, see Frank Farmer’s analysis in After the Public Turn. Hints that they may be making a limited sort of comeback here and here, though it seems more of a boutique phenomenon than a mass cultural one.