“For many employees a work day means a mixture of professional and private activities,” (Rosengren and Ottosson,181-195) this is even more so in light of covid-19 as organizations adapted new WFH policies to limit exposure and spend of the virus. Applications like Slack, Zoom and Google Drive allow constant contact and live working sessions to take place virtually. Email, phone and text oddly seem to have taken a back seat, even though the primary functioning of the applications are the same. For me the start of my work day is also the start of kindergarten for my five year old son, adding an extra dimension of professional and private activity meshing.
Social researchers exploring employee monitoring in a digital context find that monitoring has expanded beyond work related activities to social media postings and internet searches. This panopticon type of surveillance increases awareness of being watched and in most cases produces discipline from the professional or laborer although in some instances it could produce other effects when the laborer does not feel trusted. Studying how the presence of digital technology surveillance impacts how we speak online and use our professional devices privately is one way in which digital sociology contributes to the scholarship of issues relating to the proliferation of technology.
Professor Longo conducted an online ethnography and content analysis on conversations navigating national belonging on the basis of gender and location on self help immigraton websites. The term “red flag” was defined to mean the opposite of a genuine romantic relationship for foregin nationals seeking citizenship in the United States through an expedited green card track(marrying a United States citizen). Using Python to collect conversation threads and conduct a keyword search on the term “red flag” allowed an efficient search of over 48,000 threads (posts and replies).
#NOTRACIST was my favorite section this week. I not only understood what is hashtagging but also what makes it unique on twitter is its ability to be a topic marker and be read as part of the sentence or “tweet”. This is an example of scholarship of the digital. It is defining what the internet is, or in this case what is hashtagging. Hashtagging is a part of the technocultural environment of Twitter and is used by social researchers as a way to tag and examine discourse on the internet. Chorus, a technology application was used to collect and analyze twitter data using the hashtag #NOTRACIST, the top terms within the data set and the occurrences of mutihashtagging within two subgroups of “humor” and “truth” categories was analyzed and processed by Chorus- understanding how to navigate this tool was critical for the undertaking of this type of twitter data analysis.