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.






Media Etiquette

Media Forms

New Participant Roles

Old Media

Old Participant Roles, New Media



Animals (click here for more)

California company that rents goats herds for to cities to clear fire brush.



How Covid-19 Gave Me Back My Southern Accent


The new OKCupid? O.K., Comrade!

Red Yenta, a matchmaking site for lovelorn leftists, helps socialists, communists, and the anarchist-curious find the special modern Bolshevik of their dreams.




Small Talk Is Tough for Finns. So They’re Taking Lessons. ‘I Love Your Shirt.’

Schools and tutors offer courses in casual conversation; ‘It does not come naturally to Finns’


Uganda is adding compulsory Chinese lessons to its high school curriculum



A website that attempts to coin new words to discuss different sexual techniques:


Media Etiquette

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


Media Forms (click here for more)

The rise of microchipping: are we ready for technology to get under the skin?


Most parents worry that their kids are addicted to the devices, but about four in 10 teenagers have the same concern about their parents.


New Participant Roles (click here for more)

Using Mascots to Promote Vaccines


After Capitol riot, desperate families turn to groups that ‘deprogram’ extremists


A DJ in Kazakhstan


Afro-Punk Sci Fantasy game

Swordsfall isn’t just a setting for a game, it’s a world. It’s a dive into pre-colonial Africa for rich lore you’ve never heard of before. It’s an exploration into a world where most of the faces are dark yet aren’t constrained to one corner of the globe. It’s a world where women hold power equal to men and the merit of one’s soul is what propels them through life. It’s a world where spirits aren’t to be feared, instead they are to be embraced. In a time where we know that representation matters, this project is an effort to add to that spirit in the way I know best. Narrative fiction in the nerdiest of flavors.


When a deep red town’s only grocery closed, city hall opened its own store. Just don’t call it ‘socialism.’


On YouTube, young men role-play as kindly romantic partners — all in service of a better night’s rest.


Silicon Valley’s Crisis of Conscience

Where Big Tech goes to ask deep questions.


Old Media (click here for more)

‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Big Mouth’ are recasting nonwhite roles. But it’s about more than finding the right voices.

“Big Mouth” star Jenny Slate was the first white actor to publicly announce she would no longer voice a mixed-race character, followed shortly by Kristen Bell of “Central Park.” Mike Henry soon after tweeted that he would stop voicing Cleveland, a black character who has long existed in the “Family Guy” universe. Months after Hank Azaria stepped down from voicing Indian store clerk Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on “The Simpsons,” producers said white actors would refrain from voicing nonwhite characters across the board.


More states are trying to protect black employees who want to wear natural hairstyles at work

New JerseyTennesseeMichigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and other states have proposed legislation to explicitly ban race-based hair discrimination — tackling a remaining loophole in the law governing discrimination in workplaces, schools and other public places. California and New York were the first to sign legislation into law in July, and New York City issued guidelines on the issue earlier this year.


Podcast: Good Christian Fun

is a comedy podcast delving into the strange upside-down world of Christian pop culture. Hosts Kevin T. Porter and Caroline Ely are your tour guides through the weird and hilarious world of faith-based entertainment.


Old Participant Roles, New Media

Publisher apologizes for ‘auditory blackface’: A minstrel-like performance of a Black woman’s essay


Grief. Rage. Action. Out of covid-19 loss, these women lead a new movement.  The rise of the “honest” obituary.”


Schitt’s Creek Dan Levy suggested in an Instagram post that his fans study Canadian Indigenous history along with him. About 64,000 people signed up.

Durek Verrett, friend of Gwyneth Paltrow and consort of the Princess of Norway, wants to bring spiritual healing to the masses.


Defund the Police has its Anthem — Lose Yo Job


Teaching Democrats to Speak Evangelical



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


Rituals (click here for more)

Why Don’t Americans Vote?

At least 40% to 90% of American voters stay home during elections, evidence that low voter turnout for both national and local elections is a serious problem throughout the United States.