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15
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2015

Twitter and the Locus of Research

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Hybrid Pedagogy recently announced a CFP focused on The Scholarly & the Digital. This piece is a response to that call and an invitation. While we have begun to review submissions, this is a rolling call, so visit the CFP for more details if you are interested in reflecting further on any of the conversations started here.

It isn’t that a single tweet constitutes scholarship, although in rare cases one might, but rather that Twitter and participatory media more broadly disperses the locus of scholarship, making the work less about scholarly products (the bits) and more about community presence and engagement (the scrawl).

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  1. Thanks for doing this. It made me think a lot about scholarship as process not product. Usually an article converts months or years of research/thinking into a product – this idea of storifying tweets over several years shows the process of your own thinking and clarifies how our ideas evolve over time, how writing those ideas publicly results in others interacting with them.

    I went into some of these tweets and read some responses – i was particularly interested in the idea of considering twitter as scholarship (and slow scholarship too) or at least service, and how someone responded saying it might be used to “regulate” us. It’s actually really sad that recently twitter has been used to punish (Salatia) but never really to reward. If univs are looking at Twitter then the scholarship on it should count for something in some way. I’m thinking of blogging and tweeting as public service (which is more important to me than scholarship, i just realized as i wrote this)

  2. What ethical considerations should one follow when collecting data using Twitter that subsequently will be published either publicly or privately: peer-reviewed article, book, blog post, tweet, etc.? For example, should an informed consent form be used in any of these cases?

    1. Dorothy Kim

      Jesse referenced the #TwitterEthics Manifesto from Modelviewculture. Begin there, but also have a look at Social Media and Academic Surveillance, also on Modelviewculture. Likewise, google Zeynep Tufekci’s public and scholarly work on this question.

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