As almost everyone by now is aware, the twenty-first century is the age of data—big, plentiful, and full of threat and promise.
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.
Welcome to Parameters, an online forum from the Council's Digital Culture program meant to address a complex, persistent question at the heart of social science research: how does (and, ultimately, should) the production and distribution of knowledge change under digital conditions?