Pettigrew et al.
- I think this is different from that of Leckie and Hopkins where researchers approached their subjects in a setting, a library. Pettigrew et al. did something that led me to think about how did they gain entry to the human subjects and conduct their data collection such as a telephone interview. I look to see, in the article, if there is a reflection of who holds the keys? How did the researchers gain entry to their subjects and what were supports from gate-keepers to them? Also, did they break through a chain of gate-keeping process of a certain community to get the data?
- Is a major public sphere, in this case, the CI Web sites? Or are these Web sites serve as a public space for members of the community who share the same goals and have something in common? Does this mean that those who do not share the same goals and/or do not have the “something” in common cannot participate? I think the first thing they have to have is the share interest in exploring the Web sites and some computer literacy. With this “techy” requirements, I think it yields different perspectives if the study is focused on the down – the poor or those with lower incomes. To them, no matter how or in what formats the CI comes, what really matter is they can make use of the information and the information can help them fulfilling their needs. The issue is an uneven access and literacy among social classes.
- Thanks to Irene, I wonder if it fits with our “public sphere” topic since the sense-making is something to do with helps, functions, and consequences, impacts, and effects that each unit in a community has to interplay to each other as a mechanism. I am wondering if it is similar to how individuals or institutions in a community become gate-keepers that can strongly influence others and can serve as a mechanism that filters good and bad for the public.
- Then, if library is one mechanism that helps, functions, and impacts the members of a community, in what way we, in the profession, see ourselves fit in the process of public outreaches helping them bridge their thoughts to achieve or to realize shared goals according to Dervin’s sense-making metaphor? To me, this article is a good example on how to link a study to particular theory.
- In this article, it is interesting to see how information is more accessible across geographical and time barriers. However, I am wondering if the good of online information networks like these work so well for those who “feel comfortable” with technology and virtual setting where personal identity does not do anything with opportunity to communicate and express ideas. For example, I can express ideas and ask questions about the readings on this blog more than in a real class setting when it is hard for me to break in a round of discussion.
- Another concern is that in the very near future, do you think people will participate more and more in online communities since there are more of those native to information technology in the world?
So, can anyone help let me know if I am on the right track or if I am off the track here? Reading is always hard, and it is harder to work on sense-making especially on what the readings try to say and how I can make use of the readings.