|By Giulia Forsythe|
In "The Three Phases of Academic Blogging," Gideon Burton suggests that social media platforms like Twitter and Google+ can be used to 'test out' ideas before investing significant time in researching a topic. Basically, that means that we don't have to wait until publication to see if people will like our ideas or want to hear more. Rather, research becomes a social process that incorporates audience feedback all along the way; people gradually become invested in the topic as the research develops around their interests and feedback, and we have the chance to incorporate differing perspectives as we seek social proof for our ideas.
I've had a chance to apply this principle (sometimes more effectively than others) over the past couple of years, and I've been really surprised with how it's helped me to broaden my perspective and draw upon a more diverse base of sources and ideas. This time around, though, I want your help in choosing a topic. I've narrowed it down to three broad ideas that interest me, but I want to know what interests you the most:
- Digital Worlds Unseen - Exploration of the digital universes within video games and supporting platforms: economic systems, government, art, culture, etc.
- Digital Identity - Investigation of social media's effect on perceptions of self and community: social platforms, isolation, anonymity, expression, etc.
- Real-Life Projections of the Digital World - Exploration of how digital concepts and forms are entering into everyday life: 3D printing, legitimization through Facebook 'official' status, Cosplay, LARPing, etc.
So, what are your thoughts? Which of these do you like? Do you have other ideas that might tie into any of these?