Monthly archive for March2015

Power, Visibility and Protecting the Odious: More Thoughts on Ethics and Social Media Research

Power, Visibility and Protecting the Odious: More Thoughts on Ethics and Social Media Research

In a recent blog post, I discussed the ethical problems faced by researchers who use online data. I argued that the visibility of data was often taken to imply that the material was public and therefore suitable for repurposing and analysis. But this attitude draws…

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‘What do you think?’: Ethnography and researching the perspectives of others

We conduct research not just to mine data from informants, but to learn about their theoretical and pragmatic insights (Boellstorff et. al, 2012: 16) For me, this line from ‘Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Methods’ sums up the value of ethnographic research. As…

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Reflexivity: Learning to See the Shadow of the Researcher

Reflexivity: Learning to See the Shadow of the Researcher

Never lose touch of the goal of ethnography: to make meaning of culture. Interpretations should be situated and they must be questioned. Ethnographers should always be reflexive about their interpretations, biases, and limitations (boyd, 2009: 30). The interrogation of taken-for-granted meanings has long been the…

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The Ethics of Social Media Research

The Ethics of Social Media Research

I will be participating in an event held by the Association for Research Ethics at the University of Bristol in April, on the topic of ethics in social media research. A link to the programme is available here. As a result, I have begun to…

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