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Researching the Everyday Mediatization of Religion

by Xabier Riezu Arregui


“Mediatized Worlds of Religion: Researching the Everyday Mediatization of Religion Empirically” was the title of the lecture on August 05. The professor Andreas Hepp of the University of Bremen talked to us about the importance of taking mediatization processes into account in our research projects. His lecture was aimed to provide us with the conceptual tools for that purpose. Hepp says there are two extreme positions with regard to the meaning of “mediatization”. The first one discusses mediatization as a “logic of the media”. According to this approach, there is one specific logic of the media, and what we can study is how actors and organizations accommodate to that logic. The second position on the contrary, contends that the society is shaped through a lot of acts of appropriation, interpretation, and resistance; not necessarily media related. Furthermore, the media-related pressures are too heterogeneous to be reduced to one media logic.

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Social Networking Websites: A Short Essay.

by Giacomo Puliti

This article comes from the need to do some considerations after I read a research concerning MySpace, made by Mike Thelwall: „Social Networks, gender and Friending: An Analysis of MySpace Member profiles“ (Link to a Word-Document).

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, are names familiar to a lot of people and quite often you hear about them on TV, or of course in the Internet. Some of the readers might be a member of one of these “communities”. Apparently some of these Social Network Websites (I will call them SNW from now on for convenience) are more and more quoted as new sources of happiness, depression, addiction, democracy, and new forms of social and political life. Not a long time ago, during the last elections in the U.S., Obama’s crew set up an online supporter group for Facebook, which allowed users of this SNW to link with other users actively in the campaign of the democratic candidate.

Using Thelwall’s definition, a Social Networking Site is a web server that allows Internet users to register, to create a personal profile and communicate with selected others. Usually you can personalize your personal space on this site in different ways using personal information, interests, personalized graphic and music to give an idea of you to other people: your profile.
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Analyseraster für Webseiten

18.02.2009 Kommentare aus

von Anke Drewitz

Bereits im Essay Online-Journale als religionswissenschaftliche Quelle? wird eine Problematik angesprochen, mit der sich Religionswissenschaftler bei der Internetforschung auseinandersetzen müssen. Um die Präsenz von Religion im Internet zu analysieren wird von ihnen fächerübergreifendes, multimethodisches Vorgehen gefordert, welches sie sich in der Regel erst aneignen müssen. In Heidelberg haben sich Wissenschaftler die Frage gestellt, wie dieses Vorgehen in der Praxis aussehen könnte. Welche Methoden müssen in ein religionswissenschaftliches Analyseraster für Webseiten einfließen, bestehen Wechselwirkungen zwischen der technischen und der inhaltlichen Ebene und was muss bezüglich der Archivierung der Online-Quellen beachtet werden? Aus diesen Überlegungen entstand ein „Analytical tool for Cultural Studies Online“ (Heidbrink, Miczek, Radde-Antweiler, Wessel; in Vorbereitung). Dieses Analyseraster ist in unterschiedliche Bereiche gegliedert. Die Bereiche betreffen die reinen Daten, den Inhalt und die Arbeitspraxis des Forschers.
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