Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Betsy_Ch3_Penny_Q

Penny says "The emerging range of digital social practices calls for a new range of sociological studies..." (page 82)

My question is why "sociological?" We've been learning in Digital Storytelling 1 & 2, that there is a digital media type world out there emmerging, and needs to be studied and classifiyed, but is sociological the best way?? Why not try to impliment communication theories or narrative theories to study this??

Would it be best to pull a Medici Effect and pull together many different disciplines to study this massive forming area??

6 Comments:

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

I think this question kind of hearkens (that's such a great word!) to what we were discussing last week. We do (or do we?) need to develop a completely new discipline to study this emerging digital media "thing". Is one particular discipline more suited to the study than any other? Would an amalgamation of disciplines be beneficial or just muddy the waters? Sorry this isn't any kind of answer -- it's pretty much just a continuation of your question ... but I think it's a valuable subject that needs to be discussed.

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger flook said...

Yes, I agree. Why sociology? But if we remember what Dr. J. said last week about how communication is not deemed as legitimate as sociology or psychology. Maybe they feel compelled to use traditional methods. Losers.

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger Mark said...

This has to be the begining of a new interdisciplinary study. One area does not cover it because it is like saying we are studying "book" media nd only that. Not the science or art or hostory of reading and books but only "book" media.
the changes being brought about now in all our lives in our postmodern lives are going to be what defines our generation through history. Nothing has changes the forces of production and the relations of production (marxist hostorical terms for flook) so much so and so quickly. One hundred years ago scince was beleived to be done....guess they were wrong =)

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Julius said...

I think every science always tries to expand and cover new fields. At least it expands our view if we have essays from sociologists, psychologists and a lot of others on the same topic.

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger RAFAEL BRIONES RODRIGUEZ said...

I THINK ANY DISCIPLINE IS WELCOME HERE. WE CAN NOT KEEP AND SCIENCES AWAY FROM EACH-OTHER "NATURAL LAW"
I PERSONALLY WELCOME SOCIOLOGY TO THE RESEARCH. AT THE END OF THE DAY, "EDUCATION" IS OUR MAIN GOAL.
AND DIVERSITY OUR RESPONSABILITY.

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger BP said...

I think the discipline may need to be classified in a separate area.

Concerning the "sociological" method, are we generally communicating with artificial intelligence? At this point in time of gaming, a large part of it is based on communication with a computer, not a real person. Has this behavior been identified and studied in other areas, or is gaming the only method people act with an artificial intelligence?

Do people act differently with artificial intelligence in a gaming environment than they would with a real person, whether they know if it is a real person or not?

 

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