Feeling like a fraud

by Lee on November 29, 2011

Not a good day today.

I feel like an academic fraud when sitting next to my peers at a thesis writing workshop.

I feel like I need to start my doctorate all over again, that my research question is naive and undergraduate in level. I feel like my data is unsubstantial and inadequate.

Not a good day, today.

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Interesting quote on the differing views of people in organisational hierarchies

October 25, 2011

Weick (1995, p.53), in his section on extracted cues, quotes Starbuck and Milliken (1988) on the different views of people located at different levels in a hierarchy: People with expertise in newer tasks tend to appear at the bottoms of hierarchies and to interpret events in terms of these newer tasks and they welcome changes [...]

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SCT and Twitter – I am not the first

October 17, 2011

It appears that I am not the first researcher to consider joining SCT and Twitter; Bobby Rozzell (I’m guessing an undergraduate at the Elliott School of Communication, Wichita State University) joined the two in 2008. “Wichita “Twitters” about the 2008 Presidential Election: Fantasy Theme Analysis of Messages During Three Election Night Time Phase” was a [...]

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Twitter in the classroom: a lesson for business

September 27, 2011

The lesson for business is clear: if staid organisations like academia can utilise this new technology and have success with it, why can’t your less-than-staid company?

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Second Life still growing

September 19, 2011

IT FEELS LIKE a lifetime ago that I was looking at and playing in Second Life. But for those wondering if Second Life still exists, it does; signups are still happening, although Linden Lab haven’t published ‘active residents’ data for a couple of years now. Here’s a chart of total signups, where you can see [...]

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Symbolic Convergence Theory and Twitter

September 14, 2011

a brief introduction to Symbolic Convergence Theory, a well-researched and robust communication theory from pre-social media days, and I’m asking, as part of my research, whether it can ‘play nicely’ with Twitter

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Castells on the network society

August 9, 2011

As communicators we need to step up and influence those above us that the seismic shift of communication that evangelists like myself and others keep trumpeting about is very real, very now and very important.

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Thoughts on the appropriateness of Twitter as a channel of study

June 28, 2011

The more I read about Symbolic Convergence Theory (SCT) the more I am concerned that the 140-character limit of Twitter limits the usefulness of using Twitter as the channel being studied. SCT uses, either singly or in combination, document search, personal interviews, focus groups and Q-sort instruments to gather data, then Q-technique, coding instruments and [...]

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Reflection on Symbolic Convergence Theory and Weick’s concepts of sense making

June 11, 2011

As part of my musing and mulling over Symbolic Convergence Theory (SCT), I have been considering James Olufowote’s rather good article from 2006, ‘Rousing and redirecting a sleeping giant: Symbolic convergence theory and complexities in the constitution of collective action’. One of Olufowote’s ideas is to progress SCT by adding Karl Weick’s ideas on sensemaking [...]

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Symbolic Convergence Theory

May 31, 2011

Part One of a three-part series I have finally settled on my theory of study and my approach. Eschewing psychological theories, I am going back to communication’s roots by looking at Bormann’s Symbolic Convergence Theory. Symbolic Convergence Theory Symbolic Convergence Theory (SCT) is a theory-method complex (Vazquez 1993); much applied research has been conducted with [...]

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