help me pick apple research topic

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  1. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

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    hi

    i have got to do a ethnograhpic research project so would welcome any title's and suggestions for research projects centered around apple computers !!
    any input is welcome :)

    thanks
     
  2. Josias macrumors 68000

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    How much more they rock than windows?:p

    No, serioisly. You could compare Mac, Windåås and Linux. Prove to the world why mac is best.
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    What better place than here if it's ethnographic research?

    Set up some polls, some threads, invite people to PM you... do something on switchers that were previously die-hard Windows users, that could be fertile territory.
     
  4. Gokhan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    blue thanks so its either gonna be wndowds switcher's or how the ipod changed tradtional music
     
  5. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Do switcher, and you can talk about iPods played a part in it. Aka Halo Effect

    I was a "vicitim" of the Halo Effect, well that an my bros drop dead sexy beast of an iMac G4:D

    If you need a switcher story PM me, i'll tell you all about it
     
  6. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    STOP WRITING PAPERS ABOUT APPLE. TEACHERS DON'T CARE ABOUT THEM. Find a real subject to write about; APPLE DOES NOT EQUAL LIFE.
     
  7. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    i am also a switcher. i have some great reasons that prove owning a mac is actually cheaper. pm me.
     
  8. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    Dang who shoved a bug up your @$$ :eek:

    When 1 computer company that has 3-5% of the market can Command 90% of the Attention, from a Marketing standpoint then Apple really does have alot to do with LIFE.
     
  9. generik macrumors 601

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    There, corrected it for you.

    All it means is, go get a life :p

    Seriously, it is just a computer. Heck, I even have friends who after using the computers in our Mac labs declare "Yucks, I hate Macs, it is so hard to use"

    To each to his own people, 90% of the world has spoken.
     
  10. Gokhan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok

    people thank you very much i will pm all of when i have finalzed this and cale my teacher actually likes apple he was the one who suggested it to me as he knows i am a machead so people keep the input coming i will see my teacher tommorow and tie this up then ill report back here thank you MR your help is deeply thanked
     
  11. generik macrumors 601

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    Actually if you are a Machead all the more you should behave more normally just so the others whom you seek to reach out to don't get freaked out by the notion that if they too switch to MacOS, they will turn into you :p

    Seriously, I had some Christian friends who are like so juiced up about their religion and God, always going around in groups speaking in tongues and what not, that even before they say a word the heathen around them would have scattered in a flurry...
     
  12. Gokhan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah i am a machead but i like windows as well so i am not mad we all need windows now and again so i will keep an inpartial research ethic ;)
     
  13. aminadab macrumors regular

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    As an academic, I have to say the ipod idea seems really good. I really think listening to music has changed quite a bit. Do you know the french sociologist JeanBaudrillard? He might be of some service in this area. Keep us posted on the project.
     
  14. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Apples In The Workplace and Networking
    To Windows Servers.

    The False Economy of "P/C's Are Cheaper".
    Security, Maintenance Costs, Productivity and IT Staffing requirements.

    The Advantages of Multi-OS Capabilties
    and IT Security.
     
  15. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Ethnographic: Ethnography is a form of research focusing on the sociology of meaning through close field observation of sociocultural phenomena. Typically, the ethnographer focuses on a community (not necessarily geographic, considering also work, leisure, and other communities), selecting informants who are known to have an overview of the activities of the community.
     
  16. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    That part I understood.

    I suppose the titles I recommended should have mentioned overcoming
    misconceptions and the "group think" of the different communities.
     
  17. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I would recommend not trying to prove that the ipod changed traditional music. I mean you can, but your theory is wrong. MP3 changed traditional music if you think about it.

    Also, keep in mind if this is a real research paper then you'd have to be able to cite sources that both agree and disagree with your thesis statement. Of course it will be the surveys that prove or disprove your statement. But if this is just an essay then nothing I say matters. ;)

    And as far as the person pissed off about you writing about Apple...people have spent countless hours writing about AOL, Ebay and Dell..why not apple? I know I've written about Dell, some sausage company, ebay, aol, calloway golf, and the bottled water industry. All topics were given to me, i had no say in any of them, but I wrote stellar papers on them. Nope, dell, apple, sparklets, etc they aren't life and teachers don't want to hear about them. They are more concerned with how you research your paper and how you support your claims. I think they call that college or something...but I could be wrong.
     
  18. Amuraivel macrumors member

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    Well, first I think you need to get an idea of what tools you are trying to use.

    What is the purpose of the paper? Does the teacher want you to use quantitative or qualitative methods? You said it is an ethnographic paper? What is ethnic about Apple?


    A topic like Apple is not a good starting point.

    Give us an idea about why you need to write a paper, and there might be a topic related to Apple that is workable.
     
  19. gog macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I was wondering what ethnography was.

    So here is my ethnographic idea.
    Instead of researching apple, research the macrumors culture - as a example of the sort of new socially cohesive community that has appeared in cyberspace. Typifies the way in which modern social networks are no longer local - and how this will be increasingly so in the future. How do people behave differently on online communities? How does anonimty contribute? How are emotions expressed? Social hierarchy: demigods vs newbies. The motivation of those altruistic souls who help us out when we need it. The 'thread' as a means to purposeful but non-structured discourse. And so on.

    PS - and when you've finished, maybe you can tell me how I can stop being a newbie when I feel like I've been here for ages.
     
  20. Mav451 macrumors 68000

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    ^^^ That is a good idea.

    And yeah, the social heirarchy is just the way the digital age works. For those who want to humor themselves, just take a peek at the wikipedia.org definition of "newbie"
     
  21. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Just 25 posts and you'll be a made guy... ;)
     
  22. gog macrumors regular

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    Well I had better make another one then!
     
  23. Gokhan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    gog your idea seems excellent this is the assignment i face so keeo ur suggestions coming people my lecturer said whatever i do has to be academic and not just a story.

    CW2 Analysis of chosen new media research case study (2000 words OR development of research proposal (for students progressing to MS3000) including reference to the following: title, aims, context, method, theoretical framework

    A full research proposal agreed with your seminar tutor. This should include these two components

    1. An individual proposal for a thesis related to the field of new media

    Title - List one key question, which you wish to have answered by the end of your research, and the subsidiary questions you need to address to enable you to do this.

    Aims and objectives

    Research context

    Method

    Theoretical framework

    Time management documentation
     
  24. gog macrumors regular

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    How about this:
    Aim: To see if my entire project can materialise out of thin air from one thread in a macrumors forum.

    The Method you seem to have down already.
    ;)
     
  25. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    Thats what sucks about some christians...
    ...and macheads. :rolleyes:

    (oh dang, this is my 911th post. Hide under something and pray! Hopefully the terror lever is at yellow)
     

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