[FoRK] culture & media research proposal

Simon Dann simon at photogabble.co.uk
Mon Apr 27 14:21:51 PDT 2009

I cant thank you enough, that answer has been incredibly helpful.

I am leaning towards creating a project around the second question, however
I can see what you mean by the ambiguity of it, I had used commodity within
the sense of something that is exchanged such as people spending money to
purchase clothes with the end goal of consuming an identity, with
advertising selling identities rather than clothing/music players/holidays.
More interestingly the fact that British universities have started (in the
past four years at least) charging more and more for degrees and that a
university education has become made a "commodity" by the establishments
that sell them rather than a certification to be earned through hard work
and study.

I'm not sure how to work that into a question.

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 9:11 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:

> > im split between the following two questions for my masters research
> > project,
> >
> > "In today's cultural ecology is there such a thing as a free gift?"
> To me, this seems weak.  Why does it matter whether free gifts exist or
> not?  If you are getting at something more sinister or interesting, then
> say it directly: "Are consumers selling themselves cheap by 'buying' free
> gifts with surveys / advertising / attention?"
> >
> > “In the light of present capitalist driven globalisation, which is the
> > ultimate commodity: knowledge or identity?”
> Better.  But the question is ambiguous: Do you mean ultimately a
> commodity, i.e. only marginal, low profit value or do you mean the
> ultimate bargaining chip / payment method?  Commodity is sometimes used in
> the second sense, mostly erroneously I think.  However, I think you meant
> the question in the second sense.
> >
> > any criticism would be helpful.
> Better than "any help will be considered criticism".  Ahem.  ;-)
> sdw
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