Debate or Relate is our digital artefact that allows us to ethnographically research the field site of online debating and discussion. The field site is explained here:
By creating this digital artefact, we are able to generate data about our own experience as mediators of a public sphere. This will be through the method of participant observation, which is the process of researchers learning about the activities of people through observing and participating in the same activities (DeWalt & DeWalt, 2002). As a result of this research method, we will use autoethnography to generate more data. By journaling and reflecting on our process and the outcome of our experience, we will attain our goal of learning about online discourse and how we will create a platform for discourse to occur. As well as this, we will analyse our data through discourse analysis as well as connecting our experience with theoretical frameworks such as the theory of communication by McLuhan.
As we are aware that creating an online debating and discussion platform may cause heated discussions, especially with certain topics, ethical issues may arise. To ensure that all perspectives may be heard and there are no discriminatory or offensive remarks, we will moderate all the posts before they are uploaded. This is due to our goal of creating a platform that provides a safe space where people can have informative discussions. In addition, we aim to develop skills such as sensitivity, reflexivity and including in order to be successful ethnographers (Cresswell 2016).
Cresswell, JW. (2016) ‘30 Essential Skills for the Qualitative Researcher’ Sage: Los Angeles.
DeWalt, KM. & DeWalt, BR. (2002) ‘Participant observation: a guide for fieldworkers’ Chapter 1, p1-4, Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, available at: https://books.google.com.au/books?id=p1wcO3UNXQ4C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false>