Current social science research and writing faces a number of possibilities that seem to be constrained by three major challenges. The first is the limits of the imagination; the second is knowing what kinds of data are now out there; and the third is having the tools to aggregate and mine them.
Jefferson Pooley (PhD, Columbia University) is associate professor of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. His research interests include the history of media studies, the history of social science, scholarly communications, and consumer culture and social media. He is author of James W. Carey and Communication Research: Reputation at the University’s Margins (Peter Lang, 2016), and co-editor of The History of Media and Communication Research (Peter Lang, 2008) and Media and Social Justice (Palgrave, 2011). His publications, including recent work on the politics of scholarly publishing, can be found on his website.