The final level in goat simulator. (at NorthSide)
Aarhus Pride is today 🌈 Not as big as the one in Reykjavík but pretty nice nonetheless.
On my way to work early to try and fix a broken bundleconfig so the LESS and JS files get automatically compiled and minified. Oh joy 🎉
The New Pornographers (at Fonden VoxHall)
i want to study new media and digital culture and i was wondering what types of PhD programs you would recommend applying to? what are the best departments? thank you!
this is a question I think lots of us studying social media from any kind of academic background get asked *all the time*. the framing and answer to the question, i think, gets a little caught up in the digital dualist way “internet studies” gets carved up. my reply to this kind of question is: what about new media culture is interesting to you? gender? find a good gender department. social theory? a good social theory department. etc. only if you are most interested in centering your studies on the most technical matters or you want to work with a specific faculty member should you limit your search to more specialized departments.
in my discipline, sociology, the best discussions of, say, gender and social media happen not in “internet” sessions but gender sessions. again, unless you want to specialize in technical matters, you’ll learn a lot more about the social web from courses that don’t have “internet” or “digital” in the title. we sometimes like to think “the internet” is this new topic of study, but everything about the internet is part of long histories and deep literatures of social thought. you don’t want to write about “Snapchat”, you want to write about ephemerality. not “Instagram” but fashion and identity.
in choosing where to apply, remember that you can study the internet without the program specializing in “the internet”. all you really need is a faculty or two that will let you apply what you are learning to the web, which is much less difficult now than 6 or 7 years ago. find a good program that has some good folks working on the topic you want to apply to the web.
it might be time to stop listing “new media” or “social media” as a research interest. social media is so much of the social world. it is race, gender, sexuality, religion, politics, design, code, identity, power, resistance and every other topic anyone can think of. you can’t “specialize” in everything 🙂 so the question remains: what about the social world, as it occurs relative to new media influence, interests you? then apply to the best departments that specialize in that and also has a faculty member or two open to working with you on that topic as it relates to the web. really good race, gender, identity, whatever scholars are very open to having the best work, grounded in long standing existing literatures, being placed in the context of the social web.
you’ll get great training, and your degree from a mainstream department will probably be worth more than a internet-y department because, wrongly, internet research is still looked down on and, rightly, lots of internet research isn’t that great precisely because of this dualist framing of wrongly putting the web first as the unit of analysis.