Unresolved Distinctions

This week’s readings in “Public Sociology” textbook were very interesting as they provide a different perspective to “what is public sociology?” than Michael Burawoy. In the presidential address of American Sociological Association (ASA) of 2004, Michael Buroway urged sociologists to be involved in revitalization sociology into public sociology by emphasizing its value and appeal beyond… Read More Unresolved Distinctions

Data Scraping

It is evident that the internet has completely changed how we interact with each other. Moreover, social media has contributed to this ongoing change as we progress and become “a digital society”. The Internet has also changed where we shop, how we receive our daily dose of news, and how we show off our new… Read More Data Scraping

Public Sociology and Contemporary Social Problems

In last few weeks while reading about public sociology, I realized that the role of public sociologist in public, political, and social sphere is a much-needed one. In his article “What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?” Irwin (2017) notes that “sociologists spend their careers in understanding how the society works”. In fact,… Read More Public Sociology and Contemporary Social Problems

Facebook Data

  In 2016 Social Media report, PEW suggests that more than 68% U.S adults are Facebook users, making it an influential platform at the center of social networking domain. The amount of data generated by these Facebook users is enormous and can be extremely beneficial for social research. Facebook has transformed the ways we conduct… Read More Facebook Data

Twitter Data

Until I enrolled in this program, Twitter was just like any other social media platform for me. However, that opinion has definitely changed with the digital data class. Twitter as a microblogging website works as one of the most popular communication tools among internet users. In 2014, the number of estimated tweets per day exceeded… Read More Twitter Data