Genanvendt: Et kritisk tilbageblik på digitale metoders konsekvenser for kontroverskortlægningen

  • Anders Kristian Munk Redaktionssekretær, Dansk Sociologi


Digitale metoders centrale postulat er, at vi kan genanvende nettets medier til at sige noget om samfundet i øvrigt. Det gælder ikke mindst indenfor kontroverskortlægningen,hvor digitale medier er blevet væsentlige skuepladser for diskussioner om ny viden og teknologi. Begrebet genanvendelse synes at indebære, at en eksisterende metodisk og analytisk tradition finder nye måder at bruge nogle redskaber på. Vi kan således have en tendens til at spørge, hvordan kontroverskortlægningen har fundet nye anvendelser for værktøjer til eksempelvis mønstergenkendelse eller automatiseret tekstanalyse. I denne artikel argumenterer jeg for, at vi bør stille spørgsmålet om genanvendelse anderledes. Efter 15 år i tæt parløb med nettets indfødte medier og metoder kan vi konstatere, at det også er kontroverskortlægningen selv, der har forandret sig; at det i nogen grad også er den metodiske og analytiske tradition, der er blevet genanvendt til nye formål og i sine nye redskabers billede. ENGELSK ABSTRACT: Anders Kristian Munk: Repurposed: a critical review of digital methods and their consequences for the cartography of controversies The central claim of digital methods is that we can repurpose online media to make claims about society more generally. This is not least the case in controversy mapping where digital media have become significant arenas for discussions about new knowledge and technology. The concept of repurposing seems to suggest that an existing methodological and analytical tradition is finding new ways of using a set of tools. We can thus have a tendency to ask how controversy mapping has found new applications for tools designed to do for example pattern recognition or automated text analysis. In this paper I argue that we should be approaching the question of repurposing from a different angle. After 15 years of close engagements with the native media and methods of the web it is evident that the practice of controversy mapping has also in itself changed; that it is also, to some extent, the methodological and analytical tradition that has been repurposed under the influence of its new tools. Keywords: Digital methods, ANT, STS, controversy mapping


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