Workshop: Situating & Doing Digital Methods
From Roisin O'Brien on October 20th, 2020
This practical workshop led by Prof. Richard Rogers (University of Amsterdam) historicises and theorises digital methods, situating them as a part of the computational turn in internet-related research, however distinct from big data, and contrasts them ontologically and epistemologically from virtual methods, or the importation of methods from the humanities and the social sciences onto the web. It subsequently introduces the study of the ‘natively digital’ (and the notion itself) and discusses the prospects of making findings or having research outcomes that may be grounded in the online, putting forward the notion of ‘online groundedness’.
The workshop is practical, introducing how to do digital methods through discussions of how to study Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, 4chan as well as Telegram. Participants discuss the research questions as well as the outputs of such methods as cross-lingual analysis (for Wikipedia), audience segmentation (Twitter), misinformation engagement (Facebook), geolocation and antagonistic hashtag analysis (Instagram), subscription networks and algorithmic excitability (YouTube), national subreddits (Reddit), general posts and the politics of deletion (4Chan) and deplatforming and cross-platform analysis (Telegram).
Organised by the CDCS Digital Social Science cluster
Chair: Dr. Morgan Currie, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
This event was first broadcast on Thursday 1 October, 2020