Monday, November 16, 2015

Social Sources


  • ·      Colette: We discuss highly problematic or controversial stuff going on in the world on a regular basis so she will be willing to listen and think about the subject.
  • ·      Lexi: She has strong opinions on the privatization of many things and she considers herself a libertarian so her view on how this works in conjunction with WikiLeaks and the government should be interesting.
  • ·      Kade: He is my husband and has to listen to me, BUT because he is unfamiliar with subject he is better suited to recognize things that need a better explanation.

  • ·      Tracy Allen: She took a Women's Studies Theories class with me a couple years ago and now works for LDS media outlets so she has the humanist background as well as the digital print background.
  • ·      Brent Gordon: He is my boss and an attorney so I am interested to hear his take on how the law influences his opinion on WikiLeaks.

  •       Lisa Johnson & Cheri Earl : They were the head editors/bosses during my time with Insight magazine and were in tune with traditional print mediums so they may have some strong insider opinions on how journalism/media may be affected by WikiLeaks.
  • ·      Brittany Hargrave: She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and interned with USA TODAY as well as for the Arizona Republic so I know she is an avid journalism enthusiast whose opinion will be influenced by her background.
  • ·      Jaime Winston: He was my editor during my internship with Salt Lake Magazine and has probably been influenced by a social circle of journalists in his opinion of the WikiLeaks phenomena.

  • ·      Jay Rosen - Dr. Burton recommended looking into him and it looks like he may have a couple pieces as well as a video on citizen journalism.
  • ·      Ted Talk by Ted Jaspan: His TED talk is titled "A New Way to do Journalism" and it opens with him saying "Hello my name is Andrew and I am a recovering journalist," which tells me there is an interesting message there to dissect.

Social Media (many of my homies, peers, and enthusiasts above, would intersect here as well) 

·      My brother - As an internet savvy almost 16 year old, my brother has often filled me in on the latest social media trends so he would have a good handle on what your social media platform of choice means in the teen world.
·      Cailley - She's my LA living broadcast journalism friend who does a lot of work for radio stations and brand promotion, plus she loves social media so she will definitely have lots to say.
·      Brent Gordon - My boss' daughter is an up and coming young athlete known for being a girl who plays football with the boys. Brent has been really involved in running her social media campaigns so he might have some insight on social media tropes.

·      Basam Salem: he gave a TED talk in SLC about how social media facilitates people's propensity to stereotype and I'm interested to see if there's any insight I can apply to my chapter.

annotated phone list - Responsible Wanderlust

1. Homies

Shannon Smith has travelled to over 49 different countries and done a lot of social work everytime she's visited. She also regularly updates a blog dedicated to travel.

Grace Ashton: Has travelled frequently outside the US and can compare going on vacation to travelling with digital assistance.

Lauren Barlow travelled with her husband all over the world for a year. We met while on a guided tour of Peru, and they had a lot of interesting insights about the difference between paying for tours and what happens when you travel on your own just using the web. Travel is very important to Lauren and her husband Chris.

2. Peers

Mary Cook is part of the anthropology department and a research assistant for Professor Jacob Hickman. She's travelled across Asia extensively, with and without the help of Dr. Hickman, and has experienced "authentic travel" and "vacationing" and the impact the tourism industry has on local populations

Richard Gettys is a translator for Dr. Hickman in the anthropology department and has also travelled all over Asia with him. Ricky has some pretty insane stories, I once watched him take off with a perfect stranger in a market in Chiang Mai just because he spoke Hmong and Ricky needed a place to stay that night. Ricky uses digital media to keep in contact with friends and pays as little as he can for travel. It's a point of pride for him, which is an aspect that I want to capture in my chapter.

Seth Meyers also works as a translator and research assistant for Dr. Hickman and has travelled all over Asia. Seth is similar to Ricky in that he's comfortable wherever he travels because he knows how to get in contact with people and establish his bearings pretty quickly.

3. Enthusiasts

Nathaniel Gardner began as an impromptu traveler around Africa and later started a program that mediates between medical students looking for travelling experience and villages in Kenya and Tanzania that could use the help. He's currently a student at BYU.

Jacob Hickman is a professor of Anthropology at BYU and has seen first hand how the tourist industry, and especially young travelers can damage and support communities in pursuit of authentic experience

4. Experts

T. Van Nuenen is a Ph.D. student at Tilburg university and her article "Here I Am: Authenticity and Self-Branding on Travel Blogs" is exactly what I want to address in my chapter. As soon as I clarify my argument, I'm going to email her.

I'm also checking out the Thorntree forum at LonelyPlanet's website: ( to get in contact with experienced, communicative travelers who are also my age.

WYSE is an Amsterdam-based travel website that tries to help millenials navigate digital travel and have the most authentic experience.

Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown is also an interesting look at how mainstream media has changed from people wanting to see luxurious or beautiful vacation destinations and instead focuses on the dirty authenticity

Departures is another good millenial-travel oriented show that focuses on opting for cheaper options and more authentic experiences

Living on a Dollar a Day is a film that follows four college students who end up staying for a while ina  village in south America. Captures the new reverence associated with travel, that these kind of life changing experiences are actually accessible.

Annotated Contact List

Humans of New York

Where I am at: I am working on gathering and integrating social sources. I am also rounding out my renaissance connections with a some more research in secondary sources.


-My father is one of the biggest HONY fans I know. He is also an expert in the marketing community and as such consumes everything with the eyes of a marketer. I am interested in his perspective on the sights mass appeal.

-My brother and sister live in NYC and I want to ask them about how they see HONY's representation of their city. How does it effect their view of the city?

-The rest of my family will listen to me because they like me and they like Humans of New York.


-I have a friend interested in photography and for a period of time she produced used her instagram to create 'humans of provo'. I want to talk to her about what inspired her to do a spin off? What was her goal? What was the experience like?

-A friend of brothers has been featured on HONY 4 times and we have been emailing about his experience. Once learning that this would be published in some capacity he expressed a disinterest in being directly quoted. I will use his perspective to give scope to my own. Once the project is close to completion I will re-approach him about using his quotes anonymously.


- I'm not sure if this belongs in this category but I would like to reach out to a few people who have shared their life story on HONY and ask about their experience. Example.


-I read a scholarly article about the media's power to manipulate our perception of foreign nations. There were three authors of the article and they stated in their thesis that positive coverage of a foreign nation effects our perception of that nation so little that is is easily drowned out by negative coverage. If I could get one of them to respond I would want to hear their perspective in the Humans of New York project and it's recent coverage of Pakistan, Iran, and the refugees in Greece.

Food Revolution

Where I am at: I am having to refocus my research and writing as I refine my argument. Social sources are proving to be very helpful in this chapter! A completed draft of this chapter is not in this build, but it will be available in the next few days.


-My sister-in-law is a passionate Vegan and we have had several excellent conversations about food culture. I also know she has strong feelings (some positive some negative) about Dan Barber's ideas. I also want to ask her about the process into becoming a food enthusiast. How did the internet play a role?

-My fiend is very conscious about his groceries. I want to talk to him about why he shops the way he does. What informs his choices?

-My mother has recently become enthusiastic about health and how types of foods effect your body etc (we have discussed it in length already). I'd like to see her perspective, as a mother and as someone who grew up when the industrial agricultural movement was in full swing. How has public perception of food changed?


-Nakkita has so kindly offered a connection to a friend who worked with Dan Barber and is a strong advocate of the sustainable farming and farm-to-table movement. I am currently attempting contact with him to learn about his experience at Blue Hill Farms, how he sees the future of the movement, how he initially became interested and how he sees the internet's role in accomplishing the movement's goals.

-My friends father owns several restaurants in SLC. I am acquainted with his father and hopefully I can hold an interview asking him about his experience with sourcing his restaurants. I know he has a sushi restaurant that is very conscious about how they source their fish.


-Professor Bennion taught a class I took called wilderness writing. In the class we read a book about ethical agricultural and I want to ask him about why he chose to add this to our curriculum and how he views the current state of food culture.

-I have connections with the owner of several restaurants in Provo (one of which Communal). Each restaurant has a transparent approach to their food sourcing, with an emphasis on local produce. I want to ask him about how he feels he can influence the current state of agriculture and food culture.


-The owner of Clifford Farms (a small Provo chicken farm) sources or sourced several restaurants emphasizing local produce. I want to ask why she farms the way she does and what challenged she sees in the sustainable farming movement?

Connections List Annotated

Where I'm at:

The topics of my research include how virtual worlds have become a form of masquerade entertainment and how they are changing today, as well as how material creation arts are coming back as people seek out a solid connection through the immaterial medium of the Internet. The first subject is more developed and researched than the second.


Thor: My Dad, he is a professor of digital media technology at UVU.  I will ask him about the idea of virtual worlds and how he feels about the idea of it being a masquerade, also whether it is a viable kind of society or whether it will fall apart eventually.  

Dr. Duerden: A professor of Shakespeare here at BYU, I know how passionate he is about the plays.  I will ask him about the use of masques in the plays of Shakespeare, especially with The Tempest, and how that kind of idea could be tied into modern masquerades on the internet.  

Edward Castronova:  He is an expert in the field of virtual worlds, especially having to do with economies. I will ask him about whether he thinks that there will be a revival of virtual worlds like Second Life through the new technologies such as Oculus Rift or whether history is doomed to repeat itself in a short, expensive burst of misplaced energy.  

Tom Timbrell:  Blacksmith at Mary Arden’s Farm and working individually.  I will ask him why he decided to become a blacksmith and whether influences of learning about it through the internet had anything to do with it.  I will ask about how he connects with other blacksmiths and enthusiasts through digital means.  


Robert Means: Subject Librarian for English, so he should be able to orient me.  I will ask him about different authors who write about the masques or masquerades of the Renaissance and their influence on society.  

Anthony:  Animation professor at UVU, friend of my father.  I will ask him if he has ever played a virtual world like game and how he felt about it as a gamer and as a professional.  If he hasn’t played, what does he think of the genre; is it a fun and harmless masque or a chaotic carnival?


Adrian:  He’s smart, he’s savvy, and he’s rich.  He’s also played every game there is to play.  I will ask if he has ever played a virtual world like game and whether he likes it or not, what he thinks about the concept.  

Josh:  A friend of my older brother, he and his family have all played WoW together since it first came out.  How have virtual worlds affected him and his family?  What about them is alluring and what is distasteful?  Has he continued playing them?  Will he play them in the future?  


Eric:  My nerdy friend who is waaaay in to Live Action Role Play, fighting reenactments.  I will ask him if doing LARP has made him want to create his own weapons and armor, whether he has, and how that has been for him.  

Rachael:  My lovely girlfriend, she once mentioned that she played WoW as a youth. I want to know how she felt about it and why she stopped.  I know that she’s not that into video game, but she is fairly social.  

Ben and Mandy:  A good friend from high school and his new wife.  How did they meet?  How long did they know each other virtually before knowing each other physically?  Do they think that the virtual interaction was necessary instead of real life interaction?  

Phonebook Notes - Fanfiction

Fan Fiction

  1. Homies
    1. Kevin Adams - Reader   
    2. Grace Ashton - Reader
    3. McKenna Murray - reader of fanfiction
  2. Peers
    1. Mackenzie Brown - local writer and editor
    2. Lacey Waldorf - local writer and editor
    3. Engl 318 Class - local writers
  3. Experts
    1. Lance Larson - creative writing professor
    2. Neal Kramer - professor of shakespeare
    3. Maria Leavenworth does a lot of research regarding fan fiction and its effect as a literary style on the population. Her perspectives are good works of contemporary scholarship and of course I will be asking her.
  4. Enthusiasts
    1. Zoni is a well-known writer of fanfiction on DeviantArt and, the two biggest hubs for posting and sharing fan fiction and fan art. In addition to doing her own writing, Zoni has published books off of these websites. She also posts “How-to” articles - widely read - on ways to write fan fiction while handling the original material. As a published writer and a fan fiction distributer, Zoni has a very clear opinion on the benefits and limitations of the creative commons.
    2. maliciouspixie5 frequently posts her own work to that involves common techniques used by a lot of fan fiction writers, namely “genderbending” and “shipping.” maliciouspixie5 is familiar with the fan fiction community and has strong opinions on the freedom to reimagine popular stories and distribute creative work without infringement.
In addition to the people listed above, I also found some interesting feedback on a forum where fanfiction readers and writers talked about fanfiction as an art 

Annotated Contacts

Preppers - Online Communities alter, create and propagate specific world views and possibly affect core values / principles - is the Internet a third parent?

Where I'm at: My topic is how online communities play a significant part in encouraging, propagating and enforcing social values / culture / worldview. I need to find more research (primary and secondary) on the Reformation and the printing press, to show how a similar thing happened then. But I have a good foundation for the contemporary stuff, so really at this point I need to start looking at the Renaissance.

Homies / Peers:

Alyce - online communities; communication disorders (maybe knows something about how communication works) - in person

Lauren - communication disorders (see above) - email or phone; need to get her number from Ashley

Brittany - online communities (sells her own stuff online -> experience in trying to build a community or following); fellow English major (might be interested in what we do) - in person

Shelby Dean - prepper parents - already contacted by phone

Katie - Online communities and worldview/culture - phone


Gretchen Larsen - child psychology and education (what are the forces that affect core values within a person?) - phone

G’ma, G’pa Harrison - Family History (has studying their own families in depth affected their world views, built a sort of personal community, and how and why) - email, because they talk a long time.


The Print Museum Guy - printing (how did the press create/foster new communities and communication?) - email?

BYU Psychology Department - find social psychologists and child psychologists (how are communities formed, how do they affect the varying levels of personality, behavior and beliefs?) - email <>

(A lot of these people overlap. A lot of my homies/peers are also enthusiasts or experts, for instance, so these categories are fairly loose.)

Body Ownership - the body, and the image thereof, is paradoxically owned by both the public and the individual.

Where I'm at: I'm trying to focus on the prepper chapter right now, to get that one down pat and then return to do the body ownership one. That being said, I really want to tie censorship (in the media, in particular, if I can find some good sources) into body/private ownership versus public. I may or may not add a social psychology angle (it would have to be really short, because the chapter is already fairly long as is). I have some Renaissance sources I can go through and work in for those sections, so I think what I really need right now is to get a good grip on the contemporary - find some examples, interview some people, explore concurrent censorship, etc. I'll probably make breastfeeding be a small example of the larger phenomenon, and try to find other (more digital) instances of body censorship.


Evan - personal interview/opinion on breastfeeding in public - already done; text and in person


Vicki - modeling (maybe connect me to modeling professionals; how does taking care of your body come into play; how public was your body, and how much control over it did she have/feel) - email or phone or Facebook

Alyce - acting club/school/classes (maybe connect me to her teachers or other professionals; again, the body and public image and what the actors do with it when they’re not working; at what point are they ever not taking care of it or thinking of it as a public, viewable image?) - in person

Danny - modesty opinion (he’s really great at thinking things through; would be a good person to bounce ideas and drafts off of, if his homework hasn’t killed him yet) - phone or in person

Beth - self expression, public image and fashion enthusiast (how does her public image intersect with her personal identity?) - phone


Sis. Harper - breastfeeding/motherhood enthusiast (would know about what’s going on in the discussion better than I do; person to bounce ideas off of; may have or know people with personal experiences) - Facebook or email or phone


Can't think of any yet. Alyce or Vicki could probably get me connected to some, though.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Social Contact List

Topics: Open-source programming / Coding as essential literacy

Status: Just about ready to call 'em done and throw in the towel. Minor touch-ups and revisions to be done.

  • My wife is a high school teacher. I'll ask her what she thinks about coding in schools and whether "computational thinking" would help her students perform better. She's also using a more or less community-driven curriculum in her Geology class (since she doesn't have Geology training herself) so I'll see how she feels about open-source curriculum.

  • A couple of guys I work with, Brian and Deven, are coders with many years of industry experience. I can talk to them about whether they think coding should be part of their kids' curriculum. Another guy I work with, Nate, teaches his kid to code. I'll have to see what that experience has brought out.

  • Monty is a guy I've volunteered with several times. He's in charge of the local Google Developers Group, which runs the annual Hour of Code, and works for a company in the private education sector. I can ask him about the coding-as-literacy movement and see how he feels about it.

  • My cousin James and brother Anders are both coders, and Anders's wife is a former middle school teacher. It's very probably that they have opinions on coding in education, and the first two probably have feelings on open-source code as well. I see them frequently, so I can bring up both topics and see what they think.

An Annotated Contact List for Social Discovery

As part of teaching my students to integrate a social component into their research, I've asked them to brainstorm four kinds of people to contact (see "Socializing Preliminary Literary Research" and its links). As part of this, I have suggested creating an annotated contact list.


At the top of your annotated contact list, briefly state the topic and status of your research project. If you have arrived at a claim, state what that is. If you have some lingering questions or issues related to your topic, briefly mention these. (See the example below)

Create a list divided into the four categories of people described in the blog posts linked above (homies, peers, enthusiasts, and experts).

Include a few people under each category. (These are loose and overlapping categories, so don't worry too much about which category they belong in. The idea is to go from more personal and informal social sources [homies, peers] to less personal and more formal social sources [enthusiasts, experts]).

With each person listed, say something about who they are and why they would be a relevant person with which to discuss the topic at hand. If possible and appropriate, link to that person's online profile or relevant website.

Click through to see an example annotated contact list

Annotated Contact List

Annotated Contact List

My first topic is about the relationship between online interaction and whether it is changing our ability to interact with real human beings in the real world. In other words, whether we are humanizing or dehumanizing each other through online interaction. My second topic is about whether our ability to change and filter our selfies is making us dehumanize ourselves.


  1. Mom: Sometimes I think she gets tired of me telling her about random school topics but she listens anyway. I want to ask her how she feels communicating via online/even text has changed since she was in high school. Has it made it easier for her to talk to people or harder for her physically? Has there been any instances where what she was trying to say didn't transfer through text? My mom takes selfies and has found new ways to filter and take better selfies. Do you feel like your selfies are a true representation of who you are? What do you think selfies say about other people?
  2. Boyfriend: He'll listen to anything I say. Has it gotten easier for you to interact with others and for others to interact with you? What do you think of girls/boys that post selfies or filter their pictures? He's not one to take selfies, so I would want to ask him what he thinks when he does take a selfie and what he thinks when other people take selfies. I would want to ask him if people's selfies seem to reflect something different than who they really are. This would be a casual conversation on the phone and he would give me his honest opinion. 
  3. Good friend, Sia: We always talk about online and digital media issues. How do you think online interaction has affected our ability to communicate with each other? Even with your topic of living in the moment vs. living in your phone---how has that affected the way we communicate with each other? Valued our relationships overseas? Or devalued the relationship across the dinner table? 
  4. Good friend, Kei: She likes to take a lot of selfies and understands the struggle of finding the right filter. I would ask: why do you like filtering pictures? Do you think that maintains the real value of the picture? enhances it? or degrades it? She is a communications major so she might be able to tell me which professors here would know about online communications. 
  5. Cousin, Brit: She is very familiar with selfies and the selfie culture. What do you think your selfies say about you? What does this person's selfie say about them? 


  1. Girl in Shakespeare class, Rachel: We are taking Shakespeare together and she is also an English major who would be familiar with Renaissance culture and literature. Is there anything in Literature you think reflect an emphasis on the importance of relationships and physical communication?
  2. Kurt: He's also writing about a topic involving the real vs. digital world topic. How much of the digital world effects our real world?
  3. Ahna: she's talking about public image and having the right to be public or private, but I would ask whether or not she feels that going private has an effect on how that person is portrayed. Do you think trying to have the perfect image forces us to use filters and feel the need to photoshop? 

  1. Dr. Danette Paul: she is my Digital Culture professor and has a good understanding of current digital media and culture. I would probably want to ask her a similar question that I asked my mom, that is, how has your methods of communication changed over your life time? Does the way of communicating now make it easier to talk to others or more difficult? How? 
  2.  Dr. Richard Duerden: he is my Shakespeare professor and was also my Contemporary Theory professor. He would have a good understanding of how the Renaissance period focused on communication and the language sent to each other. I would also want to talk to him about how the Renaissance culture (even Shakespeare through his plays) understood the power of language and physical contact with the other. He would also have some good ideas about how the self-image is such an important part of Renaissance and court culture

  1. Photographer, Tiffany: How do you filter/edit your photos? Is it to enhance the value of the picture? To enhance the value of the moment? To capture the essence of something? Do you ever feel like editing a picture degrades the picture? Is there something special about raw photos? 
  2. Mary Chapman: she's a librarian for popular culture at the HBLL. I already asked her about online interaction/dating but I didn't get a chance to ask her about the selfie culture and she might know more about that. 
  3. Quinn Galbraith: when I asked Mary Chapman for information she directed me to the Family Sciences research guide and Quinn Galbraith is the librarian for the Family Sciences. He would probably be able to help me find resources regarding the online interaction topic.
  4. Some professors that I might get into contact with from my friends who are communication majors.