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this is my blog for jacquiline lambiase's qualitative research class

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Regarding the chapter in the text, qualitative and quantitative research seem to be the yin and yang of social research. They are also practical tools that I wish were most often jointly deployed in the practice of journalism. How many Gallop poll stories have you read that left you yearing to know just what the numbers mean to a real human being? Or how many stories based on in-depth interviews have you encounted that left you wondering where the person being profiled fits into the mass of humanity? Most journalists will find some of the data elicitation dimensions of research -- interviewing, questionnaires, collecting documents -- to be familiar tools. I am looking forward to learning about things less familiar to me -- content, structure, semiotic, etc. analysis.
Does anyone besides me feel the urge to place a revolver to their temple when they encounter a reference to Michael Foucault? I made the mistake of selecting his The Archaeology of Knowledge for the readings class last semster. I read the book, I re-read the book, I outlined the book in great detail and wrote a review of the book and I haven't a clue what he was trying to say. And then, there the devil is again on the first page of Dr. Lambiase's chapter on online sexuality. I thought I was done with Foucault, and he pops up again. The man may have been a brilliant theorist and thinker but to me he has, as Hemingway said of another, a brain like an ingrown hair. Or maybe I've got a brain like a rock. End of rant. Many apologies.

The chapter on online sexuality raised thoughts about the difference between what men and women find visually sexual. Does it always have to do with flesh? The Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos has a portrait of her wearing an elegant but very unrevealing white blouse and black slacks that most men would find very alluring -- kind of like I think many women find Pierce Brosnan or Sean Connery alluriing in his James Bond tuxedo. Ong's observation about gaze, explotation, and the differences in male and female bodies also raised the question of how a study such as this could account for the differences in the way men and women view sexual images.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

this is my initial test post to the blog set up for j5260

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