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  1. Apr 2019
    1. Digital sociology needs more big theory as well as testable theory.

      I can't help but think here about the application of digital technology to large bodies of literature in the creation of the field of corpus linguistics.

      If traditional sociology means anything, then a digital incarnation of it should create physical and trackable means that can potentially be more easily studied as a result. Just the same way that Mark Dredze has been able to look at Twitter data to analyze public health data like influenza, we should be able to more easily quantify sociological phenomenon in aggregate by looking at larger and richer data sets of online interactions.

      There's also likely some value in studying the quantities of digital exhaust that companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc. are using for surveillance capitalism.

  2. Sep 2017
    1. If communities have changed, becoming more global and less connected offline, how does social capital transfer in this new age?

      I think this is one of the central questions of the new subfield of Digital Sociology.

    1. nvestigate the networks in the modern society

      I think this is the main methodology for digital sociology. We just don't know it yet.