[Air-l] Definitions

Jeremy Hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Sat Oct 21 14:18:34 PDT 2006


it might be that... you are using a problematic interpretative  
framework and that the framework, the way you are thinking, is  
actually causing more contradictions than the actual terms  
themselves.   I suggest perhaps investigating the nature of the  
discourses surrounding the terms.  The aoir term 'research' is  
expansive and not delimitting, there is a boundary, but I'd suggest,  
pugnaciously, that the end of research is likely on the otherside of  
pataphysics, and not on this side of society/objectivity.
On Oct 21, 2006, at 2:46 PM, Sam Tilden wrote:

> All,
>
>   Honestly I don't mean to be dogmatic or pugnacious. I am confused  
> by the contradictions I see in Nacy's interpretation and what I  
> think mission statement is about. I'm trying to learn from the  
> hazards thatat others have experienced.
>
>   Pax Electronica,
>
>   Sam
>
>   Sam
>
> Ellis Godard <egodard at csun.edu> wrote:
>   The goal to "promote scholarly and critical research" seems  
> narrower than
> "further our understandings of the internet" as you paraphrase.  
> Inquiry
> seems broader than research, and this difference is implied by your
> suggestion that differentiating the ideas would dismiss or alienate  
> anyone.
>
> I don't mean to dismiss or alienate anyone, of course. I only meant to
> inquire, in terms tone and intention less dogmatic than Sam,  
> whether the
> words in the association's name provide meaningful boundaries.  
> Their not
> doing so wouldn't be *bad* thing, but certainly a curious one -  
> worthy of
> inquiry, if not research. :)
>
> =eg
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org
>> [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Nancy Baym
>> Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 9:51 AM
>> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>> Subject: Re: [Air-l] Definitions
>>
>>
>>>
>>> If "research" is something done by humanists and artists, as well as
>>> scientists and practitioners, is there anyone who isn't a
>> researcher?
>>> Is this, in essense, the Association of Internet Anythingers?
>>
>>
>> The #1 goal of AoIR from its outset has been, and I quote from our
>> founding statement of goals:
>>
>> "to provide an interdisciplinary and interprofessional organization
>> for promotion of scholarly and critical research into the social,
>> cultural, political, economic and aesthetic aspects of the Internet."
>>
>> There are millions of people who use the internet but do not take it
>> as a topic of scholarly or critical inquiry (i.e. "internet
>> anythingers").
>>
>> A look around most any university will reveal that there are many
>> ways of conducting scholarly and critical inquiry other than science
>> and social science, a small sampling of which would include time
>> honored traditions such as philosophy, literary analysis, and
>> artistic production and performance. Recasting these modes of inquiry
>> as science or dismissing them as not research do not further our
>> understandings of the internet and alienate those members of AoIR who
>> use them as their epistimological strategies.
>>
>> Nancy
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