thesis help, media studies Show more
I have been told that my thesis - which studies fan fiction situated within a computer game facilitated through an online forum - is not media studies enough, and that I need to add more media studies scholars to it
thus, I ask
media studies scholars, who are they?
fun memory from my student days Show more
I remember when I defended my media studies bachelor thesis, and we all got to see what the others have written. everyone else had chosen topics akin to "corporate branding in digital media" and "PR in the workplace" and such
and then, I showed up
with a thesis all about fan fiction and computer games
it dawned on everyone at different rates, but eventually it could be read clear as day on their faces:
WE COULD HAVE DONE THAT INSTEAD??
Aside from being an amusing paradox, it also has the methodological implication that the more method one employs, the more one delays confronting the object of study, the better the study becomes; the best studies consist of nothing but methodology. Kafka urges us forward through the parable of the watchman, and through a resolving paradox: if it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without ascending it, the work would have been permitted."
"Kafka (1961), in one of his parables on the Tower of Babel, muses that since our capacity for building becomes ever greater with time, there is no proper moment to actually begin the construction. What would at present take a year to complete, will soon take a mere week, meaning that we would actually complete the tower faster by postponing the construction. The longer we postpone it, the faster it is completed.
I opened up Becker's book of tricks, and stumbled upon this lesson:
1. take a routine thing that happens in your everyday life, and apply any of the theoretical models of human behavior at your disposal on it
2. notice all the ways it breaks down
3. pedagogically ask: if the model breaks down in cases you are intimately familiar with, how well would it fit in cases about which you know nothing?
4. marvel at the fact that being a social scientist is more than the mindless application of theory
I am become the skateboard academic, surveyor of words
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