Nunga Presents Poster to UCLA

Nunga Presents Poster to UCLA

KI intern, Jaklyn Nunga, presented her undergraduate thesis research to the UCLA community at Powell Library. Her poster was titled Motivational Youtube Channels and the Public Spheres of Interaction: Creator Intentions and User Commenting Constraints. More information on this, and the other presentations during Powell Undergraduate Research Week, is available in PDF.   ABSTRACT: The dissemination of media is constantly undergoing transformations with increasing technological innovations and intensifying use of the Internet. The video-sharing website YouTube represents such contemporary transformations with new voices and visions rising in midst of traditional media. This research presents a case study of one new voice that I identify as motivational. I draw upon a set of semi-structured interviews with a motivational channel’s creators, an analysis of the channel’s commenting section, and participant observations of YouTube-related events. I examine the intentions and origins of these creators’ content and how those translate among audience’s responses. In addition, 8 I critically examine the affordances and hindrances of YouTube’s commenting interface and compare it to the conversations existing within it. I argue that YouTube has provided an outlet for creativity that challenges traditional media’s expectations allowing for increased diversity in content. Motivational videos particularly employ and encourage viewers to converse; however, my analysis shows YouTube commenting interface possesses inherent structural constraints hindering users from meaningful engagement. The conversations I observe are often limited and unengaged by fellow audience members indicating an unrealized community of practice....
KI goes to DataSphere

KI goes to DataSphere

Professor Christine L. Borgman, post-doctoral researcher Peter Darch, and Milena Golshan participated in the workshop DataSphere at the Biosphere II, May 5-6, 2014. The workshop took place in the Biosphere II, a science research facility of the University of Arizona. This event brought together nineteen researchers, faculty members and data managers from field stations, universities and research organizations to discuss data practices, challenges and possible solutions for earth science data maintenance and curation. The workshop was organized by the IELTR (Institute for Empowering Long Tail Research) team. Professor Borgman, who is a co-principal investigator on the IELTR project, gave a presentation titled Dealing with...