First off, I really like what Jordan had to say about “harvarding”. My lit background really influences the way I read things (which is usually too closely), and I have a hard time taking a step back just to skim aspects of the articles that I might find useful. DEFINITELY something that I need to work on! That being said I thought that the articles for this week were pretty helpful in terms of outlining different methods for gathering qualitative data, although I am not really sure how much I am going to be able to use these methods in my own research.
I can’t really believe that our SSHRC assignment is due in a week. I’ve been looking at different notes I’ve made, and some of the Luker assignments, as well as some of the “literature” I have read, and am struggling with putting it in a cohesive format. I have narrowed my topic down to focus on how various institutions (including U of T) have scrapped digitization efforts in the last few years because of how expensive, and time consuming the process is, and I would like to explore methods that might be more efficient/economical/realistic for digitizing rare collections especially at U of T. Or something. Will take some more time tweaking it over Thanksgiving I guess – but any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated!
Also, I found the Ellen Seiter article “Making Distinctions in TV Audience Research: Case Study of a Troubling Interview” kind of strange. I intended only to harvard it, but once I started I needed to see where it was going. I cannot really explain what about the article that unsettles me, but I feel like the way she presented the two men that she interviewed really perpetuates some of the biases she is meant to be lobbying against. I think that if any of you are planning on doing interviews (or I guess just suggesting that you would do them since we’re not actually doing the research) than this is a worthwhile read – if only to point out what to avoid.
See you guys tomorrow!