Thursday, October 9, 2008

Yeah...I need a new new topic...

Yesterday I had my last "welcome to grad school" class (at least my last one until December). Our homework for the class was to do some research for our topic and then come to the class and talk about whether or not we'd be able to do it for a thesis project.

So, I had decided that I'd do something related to work. We had been talking about having a welcoming committee (which sounds REALLY stupid, but trust me, I think that it will be good). My thought was that I could use that and do the whole kill two birds thing and use it for my thesis, or at least a research project. I was going to look at how organizational culture is formed and how to get people more engaged in an organizational culture and how that relates to the length of time people are with a company. But, I started doing some reading on organizational communication and found that it is SO incredibly boring! I really don't like it at all.

Now I am back to the drawing board. I have a lit review due in two weeks and I'm hoping that I can change my topic to a new one and use it for my research project as well. Now I'm thinking that I want to do something with online media and the legitimacy of polls. I'm still not sure though...My original idea was self disclosure in social networking, specifically look at if there were differences in people's level of self disclosure online based on culture, age and sex.

Any suggestions on other possible topics in the same realm?? Please bring them on!!!

3 comments:

transienttravels said...

The self disclosure topic is interesting - my profession (public relations) doesn't necessarily prevent me from remaining anonymous, but I think that I can benefit more from social media by being transparent.

I am 26, but again, it is more my profession that keeps me transparent than anything else.

I think an interesting angle would be to investigate how honest people are when there is self disclosure. Though the results could be obvious.

What is your class about?

Phoebe Caulfield said...

I like the polls angle. What would be really interesting is to not only look at the legitimacy, but the amount of influence that the polls have on voters (i.e., would undecided voters be more likely to leave a "sinking ship" as portrayed by polls). Or you could look at voters' perceptions of legitimacy in the polls. Sorry, research nerd here.

Kyla Bea said...

Oh this is a hard one....

I think that online/social media would be really interesting but if the problem is disclosure I'm not sure how you could accurately look at it.....

Wish I had suggestions but my area of expertise is urban planning and knitting! Good luck!