Undermining 'data': A critical examination of a core term in scientific inquiry

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

The term ‘data’ functions as a powerful frame for discourse about how knowledge is derived and privileges certain ways of knowing over others. Through its ambiguity, the term can foster a self–perpetuating sensibility that ‘data’ is incontrovertible, something to question the meaning or the veracity of, but not the existence of. This article critically examines the concept of ‘data’ within larger questions of research method and frameworks for scientific inquiry. The current dominance of the term ‘data’ and ‘big data’ in discussions of scientific inquiry as well as everyday advertising focuses our attention on only certain aspects of the research process. The author suggests deliberately decentering the term, to explore nuanced frames for describing the materials, processes, and goals of inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFirst Monday (Chicago)
Volume18
Issue number10
ISSN1396-0466
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

    Keywords

  • big data, internet studies, goffman, framing, remix methods

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