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.  If you want even more inspiration, this is a wonderful site: https://restofworld.org/

And if anything posted is already someone’s research topic, please let us know.

Categories:

Animals

Circulation

Education

Lexicalization

Media Etiquette

Media Forms

New Participant Roles

Old Media

Old Participant Roles, New Media

Orthography

Rituals

Animals (click here for more)

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

https://goatsrock.com/index.html

Circulation

Why are so many Christians converting to Orthodox Judaism in Colombia?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2021/04/14/converts-judaism-colombia/

How Covid-19 Gave Me Back My Southern Accent

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/03/16/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.

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

Education

Banning Critical Race Theory in Schools

In a public presentation this month, a member of Utah’s state school board offered a long list of words that she said were euphemisms for critical race theory, including “social justice,” “culturally responsive” and “critical self-reflection.”

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/

Lexicalization

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

https://www.omgyes.com

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/

Media Forms (click here for more)

People Keep Finding Late Loved Ones on Google Maps

https://www.vox.com/recode/22539126/google-street-view-maps-dead-relatives

Buying Shares in Other People’s Reputations

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/04/the-mysterious-influencer-stock-market-worth-usd1-billion.html

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

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

New Participant Roles (click here for more)

The Anxiety of Influencers: Educating the TikTok generation

Also known as content houses or TikTok mansions, collab houses are grotesquely lavish abodes where teens and early twentysomethings live and work together, trying to achieve viral fame on a variety of media platforms. Sometime last spring, when most of us were making bread or watching videos of singing Italians, the houses began to proliferate in impressive if not mind-boggling numbers, to the point where it became difficult for a casual observer even to keep track of them. There was Hype House and Drip House and a house called Girls in the Valley. There was FaZe House (for gamers) and Alt Haus (for outcasts) and one called Byte House, the first of its kind in the U.K. Perhaps the most recognizable was the Sway House, tenanted by a cohort of shaggy-haired bros whose content consisted mostly of lifting weights and pretending to have sex with their smartphone cameras. Essentially, they were the Brat Pack of Gen Z, replete with bad-boy antics and dangling, cross-bearing earrings.

https://harpers.org/archive/2021/06/tiktok-house-collab-house-the-anxiety-of-influencers/

Using Mascots to Promote Vaccines

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/02/11/coronavirus-vaccine-mascots/

A ‘beautiful’ female biker was actually a 50-year-old man using FaceApp. After he confessed, his followers liked him even more.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/05/11/japan-biker-faceapp-soya-azusagakuyuki/

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/05/desperate-families-are-seeking-groups-that-deprogram-extremists/

A DJ in Kazakhstan

www.nytimes.com/2020/03/09/arts/music/nazira-dj-kazakhstan.html

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.

https://swordsfall.com/pages/what-is-swordsfall

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/11/22/baldwin-florida-food-desert-city-owned-grocery-store/

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 Media (click here for more)

‘Collectibles versus commodities’: As Target halts sales of trading cards, collectors reckon with fast-changing hobby

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/05/13/target-pokemon-baseball-cards/

‘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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/07/02/the-simpsons-jenny-slate-voice-actors-recast/

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

Old Participant Roles, New Media

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/11/28/fireside-black-essay/

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/10/10/coronavirus-victims-online-activism/

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/style/self-care/durek-verrett-instagram-shaman.html

Defund the Police has its Anthem — Lose Yo Job

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/06/lose-yo-job-perfect-protest-song-today/612844/

Teaching Democrats to Speak Evangelical

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

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)

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.

https://theconversation.com/i-asked-people-why-they-dont-vote-and-this-is-what-they-told-me-129421

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