Research for Sociologists: What Technology Does

“The key advantage to digital media seems to me to be more than the volumes of information it leverages. The key advantage is how it creates interesting human networks and relationships. It is how the relationships in those new networks develop because of the information they can access together that fascinates me. Seeing true human value to bits and bytes will be key to bringing on board those who resist technology’s integration into education.”

Today I posted that comment on the Digital Media Blog of the MacArthur Foundation. Research into the real, and perhaps most valuable impact of digital media may really be the job of the sociologist. The friends and colleagues we meet and work with whom we may never see, the family we keep up with, the immediate answers to questions that help us make better decisions are just a few things that improve our thinking and our view of ourselves as global citizens.

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