Look! The “subaltern” is using shiny things….how “evidence” skews investigation

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A  post header inspired by a few recent conversations:

One with a past Doctoral advisee and good friend who is a documentary film maker and nonprofit organization founder with a Phd in cultural studies; another based in conversations with a second life/South India based contact and collaborator; and another on several discussions in Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder and of course conversations with a collaborator or two or more in Bowling Green, Ohio… and most recently another conversation that occurred yesterday as a very nice world traveller couple helped me out with interviewing a Syrian migrant through multiple layers of translation as none of us (including interviewee) present were extremely fluent in Norwegian and only three of us were fluent in English and one of us (me) was unable to understand Norwegian (lots of nonverbals were (mis)understood on all sides and there were a few attempts to use a translation app).

{umm… sentence structure? what’s that?]

While I won’t reveal our actual discussions yet (look for some in maybe something I’m writing for a recent call about media and migration) – Here are some prompts for me to follow up on later. Feel free to join the conversation.

For instance – two blog posts I started and didn’t feel like writing about yet were…

  • Big Data, Small data, Canned Data, Repeated data, Commodified Voice and  Researcher Responsibility
  • Look! The “subaltern” is using shiny things….how “evidence” skews investigation (or what counts as “evidence” for what – a question I’ve often repeated).

 

Random links – not necessary what I agree with or fight against or related to what I might have posted in this blog post that isn’t:

  1. http://courses.ischool.berkeley.edu/i203/s13/?p=212
  2. http://culturehive.co.uk/resources/big-data-what-it-means-for-qualitative-researchers
  3. http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2013/05/13/big-data-needs-thick-data/
  4. http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1949
  5. https://www.academia.edu/7586221/Big_Data_Qualitative_approaches_to_digital_research._2014._Emerald_Press._Pp._250
  6. http://journalistsresource.org/studies/economics/business/what-big-data-research-roundup
  7. http://cyberdiva.org/blog/re-reading-residual-and-emergent-williams/journey-to-rajavolu-interspersed-with-memories-of-the-trip-to-rajamundry-maybe/dastkar/re-reading-alcoff-and-potter-and-other-feminists-on-voice/continuing-discussions-inmedia-res-can-the-subaltern-speak-online/no-i-wont-give-you-his-voice/
  8. http://www.newcriticals.com [somewhere on the site later this week there are related questions I pose].

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