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  •  In fact, I am both. (3+ / 0-)
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    kyril, Mr Robert, samddobermann

    I don't want to be recognized immediately here, so I don't give out too many details. But look up:

    Sociology of Media
    Science & Technology Studies0
    Actor-Network Theory

    For subfields of the sociology/social sciences that deal with technology development.

    Think about how many academics do consulting work. Think about how important technology has become for society. Think about whether someone might study these things.

    Think about whether technology is influenced by, or may influence, the ways that we think about race, gender, class, the ways that institutions and organizations work, and so on.

    Think about the very concept of "social" media, now dominant in pop culture and technology, but also amongst the most studied things by social scientists in recent years.

    Don't be too quick to dismiss things when you haven't quite thought them through.

    -9.63, 0.00
    "Liberty" is deaf, dumb, and useless without life itself.

    by nobody at all on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 05:26:27 AM PST

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    •  Also, I should add, (3+ / 0-)
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      kyril, Mr Robert, samddobermann

      think about how many academics (including sociologists) are of the old guard, not particularly technology skilled.

      And yet, particularly in the scientific study of society, "big data" is a prime source of raw social research material these days—that sociologists would love to get their hands on and be able to use—if only they had the knowledge to:

      - Know the sources
      - Write the grants
      - Develop the code
      - Make sense of the data
      - Integrate with the systems

      Someone needs to bridge the gap—a sociology expert and a technology expert in one.

      Yes, it is possible to belong to both professional societies in academic sociology and professional societies in computing.

      -9.63, 0.00
      "Liberty" is deaf, dumb, and useless without life itself.

      by nobody at all on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 05:36:25 AM PST

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