Archive for April, 2011

1. Describe the research methods that Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe employ to study social capital & college students’ uses of facebook. What are the strengths & weaknesses of their methods? What would you change about this study to improve it?

Issues: A total of 286 students completed the online survey, yielding a[petty] response rate of 35.8% (see Table 1 for sample demographics). Demographic information about non-responders was not available; therefore we do not know whether a bias existed in regards to survey participation. However, when we compare the demographics of our sample to information we have about the MSU undergraduate population as a whole, our sample appears to be representative with a few exceptions. Female, younger, in-state, and on-campus students were slightly overrepresented in our sample.

2. What were Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe’s hypotheses? Which ones were supported? What conclusions did they draw?

More Economic Soc. bullcrap

Posted: April 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Pick 1 of the 3 sites of consumption that Zelizer identifies
as important in “Culture & Consumption.” Describe the
research within that site & discuss how that research
challenges economic sociology.


-central sites of production, distribution, and consumption
-Marjorie DeVault (1991) analysis of feeding work shows social traces of households most fundamental economic activities.
– largely invisible, unpaid labor of planning, shopping, preparing meals involves constant- constant- and often contested negotiations of family relationships.
-interviews 30 households in Chicago area, reporting on the women striving to match meals with expeced definitions of husband-wife or mother-child relationships.
-each respondent produces a family in a local setting, adjusting, filling in, and repairing social relations to produce this kind of household life.
-Not all household relations of consumption generate harmony and collaboration (Nightingale study) in Philadelphia inner city found contests over how to spend limited family monies like tax refunds or welfare checks; parents unable to provide children with material kids: conflict.
– Thus consumption in households takes place in context of negotiation, sometimes cooperative, other times full of conflict or anger.
-Bourdeiu and interactions between buyers and sellers of homes. (triple negotiations id, story, credit)
– multiple parties involved credit agencies friends, families
-state as a guarantor
– bargaining involves manipulation and personalization; housing market far from being static, cuz buyers/ sellers create unanticipated outcomes.
DiMaggio and Louch examined pre-existing noncommercial ties between buyers and sellers in consumer transactions in buying cars homes and services, found high incidence of within network exchanges.
-Consumers will be more likely to to rely on noncommercial ties when they are unsure about the outcome.
-Finally, Kligman and associates: East & West Germany’s socialist regime comparitive research B4 and after unification. Ppl depended more on personal relationships than cash. Network created through gift exchanges bribes and barter trade. After fall in Berlin, social relations changed.

How consumption challenges econominc soc.
– started oiut just looking at production and distribution rather than consumption.

-extension theories combine economic rational behavior with social phenomena such as sporting competition and household behavior.
– context theories


Posted: April 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have some serious issues, especially with relatiionships/ friendships. I can’t keep my friends for shirttt. I rarely talk to em after I no longer see them on a regular basis.

I’ve also never had or even attempted to get a girlfriend, out of the fear of rejection, as well as knowing that I am not good enough for them. I have never had a job, I dunno how to drive, or ever had a kiss.

It’s weird. There’s so much info on those 5 sentences than I could ever express otherwise. I don’t know if certain family patterns have contributed from this. I don’t have a job because I don’t think I’m qualified and I honestly don’t know how to even GET one in the first place. I don’t have those social ties. And forget about my siblings helping me work for them.

My parents don’t work at offices or anything, which if thought of detail would hurt me too much. I basically want some kind of perfect life. I don’t mean perfect perfect. Just expected, and stable. Like a good career, a wife I argue with but not too much. I just want a job most of the time, because I think that would make everything better. But honestly, I said that about getting a nice body. I got one for a little while. It didn’t do shit. If anything it made things worse, made me check myself out too much, and what not. I don’t even like exercising and it took me a whole year to realize it.

What else. Well I guess people could either have a “perfect life” and have a partner, job, all kinds of friends, and active lifestyle and still have THE VOID, or have the opposite…

I don’t know if I have a void. So I think I have an incomplete life, which could LEAD to developing a void of some kind.

I have to write in my journal now…

“Cocobelle” by Moonbabies

I find myself not being able to write about much. Life is going okay, and I pray to God that this joy will continue, and that those who seek and need help find it; and for me to be there.

I also find myself refreshing my email page every 30 seconds, as well as my Facebook, and hell, even my school email account that is rarely written to.

It’s weird. I don’t know what I want, and I’m home listening to my niece tell me she burps, and then sometimes throw up comes out and then she eats it.

You know how I discover artists now? I go on this one website and throw a random word in the search box and have at it. I searched this band called “Moonbabies” and their songs are pretty cool.

Life is a strange strange world, and I swear some things about it are trippy as heck, without or without hallucinogens. I mean there are animals with weird shells that move slow as hell and make the weirdest faces at you. Some of them can live to be older than human beings.

And there are animals with long ass necks and legs. There is also this hard white stuff at the tips of the world- ice caps. They are cold as hell. How trippy is that stuff.

You think that stuff is weird. Let me tell ya about HUMAN BEINGZ. They make all kinds of noises to each other, and like these things called RESOURCES and POWER. They wear this plantish fabric on their bodies sometimes to keep warm sometimes to look cool/ for cultural capital.

Life/ Planet Earth is a strange places that is like 4 and a half billion years old, almost as old as Charlie Sheen. Winning!

I have all kinds of issues and psychological weirdnesses, along with all kinds of financial problems and rational and irrational fears. Pretty much what most people have.

It doesn’t take a psychic to tell someone they have money issues. Don’t we all.

I love this place though. The only thing that irks me is this technology. I don’t want to see those spacey looking worlds like in the movies where people wear unitards and enter strange transparent portals or something. Or those hover buildings. It’s weird because the music sounds more and more futurey too. I just don’t feel safe around it sometimes. Seeing people act all roboticish.

It’ll be good though. Hopefully Max Weber was just joshing.

Hey you know what? I think that one WeTube Video was cool, cuz it said that maybe we are Mars before it died or Venus before it develops.

I am kind of repeating things over and over again if you think about it. Chances are you probably have read a blog before, or logged into the internet, or turned on the computer, or sat on a chair or closed and open your eyes and so on.

Life is a boring routine if you wear these types of lenses. Hey, I’m taking my Marxist Theory and history class and it’s great.

I told my niece who is 5 to leave me alone and now I feel guilt and fear of bad karma, which is strange because I don’t know if I believe in it. Good stuff and bad stuff happens all the time, regardless of what started what or what leads to what. I don’t know. Some people believe in that stuff. I guess I don’t know what it means.

To be really honest, there’s some sh*t in the Bible that I have NO CLUE about, and they ecxpect you to believe all of it and not question of it. And it says at the end to not add or take anything away, but the Church took away the damn Gospels of Thomas, Mary, and Judas or something. What the hell is that?

Anyway, it can be confusing. This whole time I thought Jesus wasn’t God, and now apparently Jesus is God. What the heck. I want to believe, expect I’m not even sure what’s being told sometimes. I wanna know though; hopefully I will.

Going to eat chicken tacos that my beautiful yet worrisome mother made.

Take Care!

PS. Sometimes I still wish my dreams won’t come true. Then I won’t feel guilt and will have a justified sense of self-pity when I’m about to die knowing I never got what I wanted, cuz I never knew what that meant, or that it was dirty


Posted: April 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

So it’s weird cuz I have no idea what the kell to research should I go into grad school. I LOVE Gender and Body junk, but I am also interested in Political as well as Military Sociology, or at least wanna be.

I like Economic Sociology cuz I think you’re bound to run into money in all of this shit. It’s true. Sometimes I just think it’s ALL about money. Follow the money!

Anyway, I like the idea of researching why certain women get plastic surgery, but is that more of a how question. To be honest I like the whole beauty, because being attracted to something is a type of human manipulation, you kind of lose yourself or submit certain parts of your brain and shit to it, which I think is political in some way or another.

Idk I really like the idea of power, but it gets all complicated with history and all these ideas. It should be interesting though.

I like people a lot. I’d be down to major in Psychology and Minor in Anthropology as well as Political Science.

It’s crazy though; ALL of that junk seeps into Sociology a little bit, so I just settle for Soc. I like people A LOT. They are interesting, and you just can’t hhelp but wonder.

I think we are getting close to understanding all that we can, but we are getting too caught upo in knowing what we shouldn’t. Mainly cuz of money.

I think we’re good though.

I like conflicts. That’s how history is made, how the Earth planet came to be, by str8 up collisions. Good is what evil isn’t, evil is what good isn’t, and we are involved in these dialectical relationships that make us who we are or aren’t.

I love certain people in this world a lot. People that just know. Somtimes people just DON’T know, and I guess I can be one of them according to a certain group.

It’s complex man. Imagine how complex just one individual mind is, and imagine a WHOLE society, which is the collection and organization of all of em?? Crazy shitt…