Relevantie van sociale media voor wetenschappers


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Presentatie voor de Graduate School van de faculteit ESHCC van de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam op 6 september 2013 over de relevantie van sociale media voor het werk van sociale wetenschappers. Bevat onder andere een uitleg van mijn twee projecten waarbinnen sociale media een belangrijke rol spelen: Achter de PVV en een nieuw project over lokale democratie.

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Relevantie van sociale media voor wetenschappers

  1. 1. What is the relevance of blogs for social scientists? Chris Aalberts ESHCC
  2. 2. Introduction • The relevance of blogs is very much dependent on your goals in academia Overview • My academic career • Three domains • Mixed approach • Role of social media ESHCC
  3. 3. Academic career • Studied communication and methodology • Student assistant in methodology • Thesis on correlated method errors • Two publications on Structural Equation Modeling • PhD student at the ‘important’ Amsterdam School for Communications Research • PhD defence in 2006 on young people’s political engagement • Lecturer at EUR since 2006 ESHCC
  4. 4. What is missing? • How many articles did I publish? • What is my citation score? • What is the impact factor of my last article? The answer is: • I do not publish articles, except two early ones • My PhD was a Dutch book • I guess I was lucky to do this ten years ago • Generally, I find international articles irrelevant ESHCC
  5. 5. Three domains Domains in which social science can be used: • Social science • Blogosphere (journalism) • Consultancy I will illustrate these domains with my own research for my PhD, supervised by Prof.Dr. Liesbet van Zoonen ESHCC
  6. 6. Social science Research question • What is the meaning of youth culture and popular culture for political understandings of the young? Characteristics • Qualitative research • Dutch examples of popular culture • Some new empirical outcomes • Probably, an international article was an option ESHCC
  7. 7. Blogosphere Popular question • Are current projects aimed at the young able to engage them into politics? Possible problems • Need to get familiar with the media • Arguments are general, not specific • Answers are not neutral but opinionated • Contributions are relevant for a short period ESHCC
  8. 8. Consultancy Practical question • How can the young be engaged into politics? Possible problems • Academically, there are no solutions to this problem • Not clear what the advice should be • Value of academic background is unclear • Completely different skills are required ESHCC
  9. 9. Mixed approach Personal frame: • I make politics understandable for citizens • I make citizens understandable for politicians ESHCC
  10. 10. What does this mean? • I am an expert in the area of political communication • My products are research, books, blogs, lectures, etc. Sources and products are • Academic research • Journalistic work • Opinion pieces/blogs • Practical experiences in the field ESHCC
  11. 11. Achter de PVV Project on the voters of Geert Wilders • 87 in depth interviews • Two research workshops at EUR • Two thesis students at EUR • 55 blogs at • Book in Dutch • Lectures, blogs and media appearances afterwards ESHCC
  12. 12. Achter de PVV Similarities with traditional academic work • Based on scientific research • Direct link with teaching at the university Differences with academic work • No international articles • Focused on a general public • Social media are essential to do this ESHCC
  13. 13. Achter de PVV Social media • Main way to publish the results • Tool for discussion on these results • Everyday opinion on right-wing populism • Method to validate the results ESHCC
  14. 14. Local politics Local politics and the media • Disappearance of local newspapers • Start of some online alternatives Questions • Which media content is produced and consumed about local politics in Dutch municipalities? ESHCC
  15. 15. Local politics Part 1: academic research • Research workshop in term 2 on this topic • Interviews with journalists, bloggers, politicians and citizens • Some thesis projects • Online publications ESHCC
  16. 16. Local politics Part 2: local campaigning • Municipal elections in March 2013 • Blog series on four local candidates • Exploratory research • Diversity in local democracy Questions • How does local campaigning take place? • What does local democracy in practice look like? ESHCC
  17. 17. Role of social media Four uses • Distribution of your own work • Medium to publish for a large audience • Discussion tool about results • Personal branding for researchers ESHCC
  18. 18. Picture • Blog: Cortega9 ESHCC