Digital Living Summer School: 2014 in Aarhus

Digital Living Summer School: 2014 in Aarhus

Our first annual summer school will be held August 11-22, 2014, in Aarhus, Denmark.  A lineup of fantastic international scholars will give lectures, facilitate workshops, and engage in creative making with students. Confirmed faculty participants: John Carter McKnight, Dept of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK Ann Light, Dept of Participatory Design, Northumbria University, UK Jannek Sommer, Dept of Marketing, Globalization, & Culture, Southern Denmark University Line Hassall Thomsen, Dept of Media Studies, Aarhus University Claus Bossen, Dept of Information Studies, Aarhus University Annette Markham, Dept of Information Studies, Aarhus University in 2014, the summer school is targeted to students at the BA level.  Want to see this at the MA and PhD...

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Creating Lit Reviews as Arguments

Creating Lit Reviews as Arguments

Why write a lit review as an argument? The argument format of writing encourages you to build claims supported with evidence or reasoning. Stating your points as declarative statements (that could be answered true/false on a quiz) can help you discover your own attitudes, believes, and values….etc….

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Figuring control in the algorithmic era

Control. What does this term mean in the 21st Century of networked sociality and digital information tangles? I don’t mean control in the sense that systems theory or cybernetics considers it, at least not at first. Rather, I want to explore  this question as one that is a real, embodied concern, primarily in everyday use of  social media, although it can be asked at many levels outside this everyday use. At the individual level, we might ask: How much control do we have over our information and its flow through global social networks? What should we do to control our presentation of self in various social network sites and search engine results? At the organizational,corporate, or developer level, we might ask similar questions using different words:...

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Study “Digital Living” at Aarhus University Fall 2014

Study “Digital Living” at Aarhus University Fall 2014

Interested in social and mobile media? Do you care about how technologies impact social and work life? International MA or MS: Digital Living Aarhus University Application deadline: March 15 (April 1 for Danish residents) Notification of Acceptance: early May 2014 Start Date:  1 September 2014 This MA focuses on how digital technologies are used in everyday life and offers students the opportunity to consider how we might design better futures by exploring the intersection of networked sociality, organizational practices, and IT design. Discuss cutting edge knowledge about the social impact of digital technologies with internationally established professors (including yours truly). Learn from computer scientists how digital forms of communication and interaction...

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Metaphors of Internet: Tool, Place, Way of Being (the 2003 version)

This is an unpublished article I wrote in 2003. I am currently revising it to update it, but actually, I have realized that the baseline concepts and overall framework are still quite useful.  I’d be interested in how others might apply this framework to think about how people frame their experiences with digital technologies and media.  For example, my colleague Anja Nylund Hagen at University of Oslo is using (and adapting) this framework in some interesting ways. Anyway, here’s a link to the unpublished (but paginated) print version of the paper here.  It should be cited as an unpublished manuscript or a conference paper. Markham, A. 2003. Metaphors reflecting and shaping the reality of the Internet: Tool, place, way of being. Paper presented...

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“Undermining Data”: My favorite article title to date

So check out my article in the October 2013 issue of First Monday.  In this article, I take issue with our overuse of the term ‘data’ both in everyday life and in scientific research institutions. I look at the rhetorical power  of the term, emphasizing how the idea of ‘data’ frames the way we see and make sense of the world around us.  It’s mostly written for researchers and is meant to contribute in a small way to ongoing critical conversations about big data and the rise of computational thinking. Undermining data: A critical analysis of a core term in scientific inquiry Abstract: The term ‘data’ functions as a powerful frame for discourse about how knowledge is derived and privileges certain ways of knowing over others....

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Seminars in Estonia: “social science 2.0: methods and ethics”

Seminars in Estonia: “social science 2.0: methods and ethics”

This week, I’m skipping the Aarhus University holiday week to teach a PhD course in Estonia.  One might ask, “What were you thinking!?” ….In fact, I asked myself this question about a dozen times last week as I was getting ready.  I’m looking forward to it, however, despite the somewhat rigorous schedule.  And for the first time, I have organized a course specifically around my own ideas about methods, ethics, and internet-related research.  If you’re in the area and want to attend, let me know and I’ll give you locations! October 14, 2013:  We set the stage by talking about how ideally, good ethics emerge from good methods and vice versa.  This morning, we’ll talk about the ethical and methodological...

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