[Air-L] What's your 1 sentence explanation of "Internet Research"
SMITHCATH at ecu.edu
Sun Jul 27 07:21:31 PDT 2014
Intended audience(s) for the definition? Academic or wider? Some of the definitions proposed would be understandable by academics in a (fairly narrow) range of specialities, others are more generally accessible. Does audience matter?
Catherine F. Smith
Professor Emerita, English/Technical and Professional Communication and Discourse
East Carolina University
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I'd take a kind of Manueal Castellian approach (but not completely
sidestepping questions of technological determinism implicit in this
definition question) to suggest that:
Internet research involves the study of "our societies which are
increasingly structured around the bipolar opposition of the Net and
the Self" ("Rise of the Network Society" 1996/2000); "the ?Net?
denotes the network organizations replacing vertically integrated
hierarchies as the dominant form of social organization, (and) the
Self denotes the practices a person uses in reaffirming social
identity and meaning in a continually changing cultural landscape"
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Castells ).
Yes, thanks Gordon for this inquiry as well.
On 7/27/14 2:20 AM, Mary L. Gray wrote:
> Hey all, Melissa, I really like your 1 sentence zinger definition
> for net research. My only revision would be to put the focus on the
> relationships to technologies rather than setting up technologies
> as forces (media effects) in and of themselves. Something like:
> "Internet studies is the interdisciplinary consideration of the
> relationships that bind Internet technologies, individuals' lives,
> social institutions, and cultural meaning."
> Best (and thanks, Gordon, for starting the fun/productive thread),
> On Jul 27, 2014, at 3:30 AM, air-l-request at listserv.aoir.org
>> Message: 2 Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:27:09 +0800 From:
>> "Nile.Melissa" <nile.melissa at gmail.com> To: Gordon Carlson
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>> My "single sentence" definition:
>> "Internet studies is the interdisciplinary consideration of how
>> Internet technologies are changing individuals, societies and
>> But that's just my two cents worth.
>> - Melissa Nile.
>>> On 26 Jul 2014, at 8:51 am, Gordon Carlson
>>> <gordycarlson at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>> I don't think AoIR work can be encapsulated in a sentence. And
>>> I embrace the transdisciplinary nature of everyone's work.
>>> In that spirit, rather than try to write a monolithic
>>> description, I would love to hear how each of you would
>>> describe/define "Internet Research". What is it? Who does it?
>>> Why do it?
>>> I have been having trouble articulating some of my own work and
>>> would love to know how you are doing it.
>>> I appreciate your time and effort and will gladly share a
>>> compiled list of all the responses I get if anyone is
>>> Thanks in advance, Gordon Carlson
>>> PS - if you also want to send me your 2-3 sentence versions or
>>> versions that focus on how YOU study the internet I'd be happy
>>> to read those as well.
>>> -- Gordon Carlson Assistant Professor, Communication Studies,
>>> Fort Hays State University Executive Director, Society for
>>> Conceptual Logistics in Communication Research (sclcr.com)
>>> Twitter: @Gordon_Carlson Facebook: Gordon.S.Carlson Phone:
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> Mary L. Gray Associate Professor The Media School Adjunct Faculty,
> American Studies; Anthropology; Gender Studies Indiana University,
> Senior Researcher Microsoft Research
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