The Three Dimensions of Ethnography - Books & ideas -
Looking back on several decades of intellectual activity, American sociologist Jack Katz explains his vision of a three-dimensional ethnography, combining human interactions, biographical experiences, and historical processes.
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Press Freedom in the US and Around the World -
This week the Associated Press announced that the Justice Department had seized phone records for over twenty AP lines over a two-month period, sparking outrage from journalists across the nation.
Rupert Murdoch, offering advice to Facebook, via Twitter.
Murdoch’s News Corp (in)famously bought Myspace in 2005 for $580 million and sold it in 2011 to Specific Media for $35 million. During a 2011 annual meeting, he admitted that News Corp managed to “mismanage it in every possible way.”
Reality exists in the empirical world and not in the methods used to study that world; it is to be discovered in the examination of that world. … Methods are mere instruments designed to identify and analyse the obdurate character of the empirical world, and as such their value exists only in their suitability in enabling this task to be done. In this fundamental sense the procedures employed in each part of the act of scientific enquiry should and must be assessed in terms of whether they respect the nature of the empirical world under study – whether what they signify or imply to be the nature of the empirical world is actually the case — Herbert J. Blumer (1969) Symbolic Interactionism, pp.27-8.
Too Long For Twitter, too Short for Nieman: Why Law and Economics Became the Dominant Intellectual Framework For Thinking About the Internet -
(or, why Yochai Benkler and Lawrence Lessig still rule our world.)
- They got there first: the material conditions for publishing and rewarding legal scholarship are totally different than those in other fields. It moves faster, for one thing. For another thing, it rewards a-empirical claims.