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Facebookademics and the media

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The last couple of days two newspaper articles about academic research on Facebook have been the subject of much discussion on the email list for the AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers). It started with this story in the Washington Post, which portrays recent work about social networking sites as an academic landrush in which scholars are rushing to claim the new territory as their own.

The following outcry among the internet researchers is interesting, because it illustrates the conflicted relationship between academia and the press. That is something I’ve personally experienced from both sides: As a journalist trying desperately to get scholars speak in a manner which could be communicated to a general, non-academic public, and as an academic opening the newspaper and finding myself quoted saying exactly the opposite of what I thought I had said. Needless to say, both experiences are extremely frustrating.

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Written by Anders Sundnes Løvlie

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 17:33