The beginning of something new

So, the last few posts that I put on this blog were related to why you shouldn’t do a PhD. In spite of that reading I have decided to do just that.

My decision was based on feeling that a PhD was unfinished business. There are plenty of difficulties in the academic world, and these were the focus of those previous posts. However, I felt that regardless of how tough the academic world is, a PhD was something I had to undertake.

I have currently just started the second semester of my Social Science Research Methods MSc (that’ll be masters degree number 3), and it’s going really well. I have been fortunate enough to gain Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding for a 1+3 programme which means that I will be fully funded for my MSc training year and my PhD research.

I’m feeling lucky to be where I am at the minute and it feels great to be in a community of people who value the same things as me and are interested in having conversation and debate around important areas.

I intend to follow up on this post with more info about my studies and my research as it begins to take shape. Watch this space!

Social media as the new confessional?

Do the new anonymous social media apps encourage us to overshare?

The Guardian. 2014. Do the new anonymous social media apps encourage us to overshare?. The Guardian. 7 June 2014. [Online] Available at:http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/07/anonymous-social-media-apps-encourage-overshare [Accessed: 10 June 2014]

Having just read The History of Sexuality: Volume 1 I was struck by the way in which Foucault talks about the way that people in the nineteenth century were compelled to talk about sexuality as a way to contribute to discourse on the body. It’s interesting that, it seems to me, with social media there is no longer a need to compel people to talk, they seem desperate to contribute and define themselves through their discourse.

  • Has expression/creation of identity changed with social media?
  • How has it changed?
  • What does this mean?

Power ≡ Truth ≡ Knowledge

“[T]ruth is not by nature free … its production is thoroughly imbued with relations of power. The confession is an example of this.

[The has been] [a]n immense labor to which the West has submitted generations in order to produce … men’s subjection: their constitution as subjects in both sense of the word.”

 

Foucault, M. 1978. The History of Sexuality – Volume 1: An Introduction. New York: Vintage Books