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)

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/style/asmr-boyfriend-sleep-videos.html

 

Silicon Valley’s Crisis of Conscience

Where Big Tech goes to ask deep questions.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/26/silicon-valleys-crisis-of-conscience

 

Old Participant Roles, New Media

Teaching Democrats to Speak Evangelical

https://www.newyorker.com/news/on-religion/teaching-democrats-to-speak-evangelical

 

Animals (click here for more)

Circulation

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.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/14/the-new-okcupid-ok-comrade

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/world/asia/china-finnish-nightmares-finland.html

 

Old Media (click here for more)

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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/09/19/more-states-are-trying-protect-black-employees-who-want-wear-natural-hairstyles-work/

 

 

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.

https://www.goodchristianfun.com/about-us

 

 

Education

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’

https://www.wsj.com/articles/small-talk-is-tough-for-finns-so-theyre-taking-lessons-i-love-your-shirt-11559061410

 

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)

 

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

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/08/the-rise-of-microchipping-are-we-ready-for-technology-to-get-under-the-skin

 

Your Kids Think You’re Addicted to Your Phone

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

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/technology/cell-phone-usage.html

 

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)