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Recommended programs in Communication Technology [Oct. 22nd, 2007|12:05 am]


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Hi all:

I'm starting to investigate PhD programs and finding some great resources, but it's always nice to hear the anecdotes and opinions of others.

What PhD programs would you consider a good bet for someone interested in communication technology? Specifically - Internet research, online communities and communication, media/fandom culture. If it helps, I'm a big fan of the work of Nancy Baym and Joseph Walther, looking at folks who generally ID as Communication scholars, but a lot of "Media Studies" and "Gender Studies" academics end up doing things that interest me as well. A PhD in Media Studies vs. a pure Communication program is not out of the question, either.

What programs come to mind, considering this? Any thoughts or suggestions for investigation would be appreciated.

[User Picture]From: zleetle
2007-10-22 07:28 pm (UTC)
Joe Walther is great. You should write him if you are interested in his work. He is super nice to grad students (or those who wish to become grad students). MSu is very heavily quantitative, though, no media studies stuff.
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[User Picture]From: coaldustcanary
2007-10-23 04:25 am (UTC)
Though I've personally been more of a happily fluffy qualitative researcher, Walther's work was some of the first I read on CMC as an undergrad and it's really helped define my understanding of the topic and inspired a lot of my own fumbling early attempts at research. I may have to get over my "aw, shucks" shyness and send him an email. :)

Even if I was of a more quantitative bent, I'm pretty sure that I'm just not outstanding enough to get into MSU, though it's a tempting thought!
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