Possible Research Topics

 

Here at CaMP IU, we sometimes come across news articles that could be the seeds for a captivating research project.   We thought we would start posting them in case anyone wants a sourdough starter jolt of inspiration.

We  of course welcome more suggestions.  And if anything posted is already someone’s research topic, please let us know.

New Participant Roles (click here for more)

Facebook Content Moderators are independent contractors and advocating for better working conditions

“The thousands of people who do the bulk of Facebook’s work keeping the site free of suicides, massacres and other graphic posts are not Facebook employees. As contractors employed by outsourcing firms, these content moderators don’t get Facebook’s cushy six-month maternity leave, aren’t allowed to invite friends or family to the company cafeteria, and earn a starting wage that is 14 percent of the median Facebook salary.

But for the past seven months, roughly a dozen moderators in the United States have been spearheading a quiet campaign inside the social media giant to air their grievances about unsatisfactory working conditions and their status as second-class citizens. The contractors, who have not previously spoken publicly about their efforts, are using their access to Facebook Workplace, the social network’s internal communication system, to wage their battle. The moderators, who work for Facebook through their employer, Accenture, have also been having heated conversations with Accenture management over working conditions.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/05/08/inside-facebook-second-class-workers-who-do-hardest-job-are-waging-quiet-battle

 

 

China’s Hottest Bachelors Are Animated Characters

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/love-and-producer-game/576397/

 

Starbucks opens first U.S. sign language store — with murals, tech pads and fingerspelling

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/10/23/starbucks-opens-first-us-sign-language-store-with-murals-tech-pads-fingerspelling/?utm_term=.42f7a32d5804

 

Animals (click here for more)

Cloning Pets: Beloved Pets Everlasting?

The most difficult thing about the cloned puppies is not telling them apart, but explaining why they don’t look exactly alike.

www.nytimes.com/2009/01/01/health/01iht-01clones.19024084.html

Old Media (click here for more)

Education

Uganda is adding compulsory Chinese lessons to its high school curriculum

https://qz.com/africa/1505985/uganda-schools-to-teach-chinese-lessons/

 

 

Media Forms (click here for more)

PowerPoint Is the Most Efficient Way for Kids to Manage Their Parents

For children growing up in a world where personal relationships are often maintained and managed through digital products, sometimes convincing parents to do stuff is most easily achieved with the help of a PowerPoint presentation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/style/kids-who-use-powerpoint-to-ask-for-things.html

What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/nextdoor-american-communities/561746/

 

Media Etiquette

How did ignoring each other’s texts and emails become such a commonplace practice?

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/ignoring-each-other-in-the-age-of-instant-communication/550325/

Orthography

 

Trump’s Tweets — Do Spelling Errors Charm His Base?

https://wapo.st/2s5qd4c?tid=ss_mail&utm_term=.611f3e5a0f48

Rituals (click here for more)

It’s not enough to hope for the best. Millennials are writing contracts for their relationships.

https://www.thelily.com/its-not-enough-to-hope-for-the-best-millennials-are-writing-contracts-for-their-relationships/

 

Should America’s only deaf football team take the knee during the National Anthem:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/americas-only-deaf-football-team-decides-what-to-do-during-the-national-anthem

Comrade, meet Cupid: China’s Communist Party plays matchmaker to millennials

http://wapo.st/2APEy7c?tid=ss_mail&utm_term=.466ef6096857