connecting students working on social media at uib
In lots of different departments at the University of Bergen there are students writing bachelors and masters theses about social media and digital culture – and they’re often quite lonely, not aware of each other, and often don’t have much support from their professors, who may not be very interested in digital culture. I’d love to get these students together!
Yesterday, after the book presentation, I met two of these studetns. Kristine Ludvigsen is studying pedagogy and finishing her Master’s degree on learning in Second Life. She had lots of questions about how to think about ethics in an online environment – she had permission from all her informants, but as the interviews had taken place in Second Life, sometimes other people had turned up in the middle of an interview – or someone simply walked past in the background. Her final paper is going to be a video paper, so she was wondering whether she could use material in the video paper despite there being someone in the background of the image who had’t formally given permission? I think it depends on the situation – but it does show the trickiness of online work. Kristine has already looked at the AoIR’s ethics guidelines: I think she’d find Charles Ess’s new book Digital Media Ethics useful – I only just saw it this morning and will certainly buy a copy. Charles Ess has worked on ethics on the internet for years.
I also met Carl Christian Gr¯ndahl, who left a comment here the other day and just finished his master’s degree at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory. He’s put the thesis online – it’s titled Om nye mediers betydning for politisk aktivitet og deltagelse – en teoretisk dr¯fting og et casestudium. I haven’t read it yet but it’s certainly about an interesting topic.
It’s great that there are more and more students writing about the web and about social media – and at such diverse departments too. I’m thinking it’d be great to gather all these masters students together – both Kristine and Carl Christian mentioned that not many people in their departments are really very interested in social media and they missed having more people working on it around them. I’m sure our students doing their masters’ in Digital Culture would also benefit from seeing how people in other fields are approaching digital culture and social media. My plan is simply to have people meet up for an informal lunch at one of the campus cafeterias – say once a month – and have a chance to exchange ideas, brainstorm problems and so on. We could do more formal feedback groups if there were interest in it.
I’m planning on contacting the professors in various departments to ask them to let me know about social media/web/digital culture students – but if you are or know of a University of Bergen student working on these areas, leave a comment here or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can get in touch with them!