Shonell Bacon

Author.Blogger.Book Editor.Coffee Addict.Educator.EveryWoman... Doctoral candidate @ TX Tech. Interests- race, gender, identity, online spaces

The Coming-to-Be of a Dissertation on African-American Mom Bloggers: Part Three [Methods]

MethodsMy dissertation uses a mixed-method approach to examine African-American mom bloggers' online identity creation--individually and socially, and how these identities and the use of blogs enable interaction with readers and development of a community among African-American bloggers and their readers. This approach is three-fold: interviews with African-American mom bloggers, a content analysis of African-American mom blogs, and a survey of African-American mom blog readers.Five research questions guide this dissertation research: ...more
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The Coming-to-Be of a Dissertation on African-American Mom Bloggers: Part Two [Framework]

At least three foregrounded identities present themselves for the African-American mom blogger: African-American (race), Woman (gender), and Mother (work). Each of these identities is embedded with its own history that must be negotiated by the woman. It’s not a one-time negotiation; it’s fluid, changing to reflect new experiences outside and inside the blogosphere. In order to research how African-American moms use blogs as a tool to present themselves online, this dissertation uses as a framework Eisenberg’s theory of identity as mystery and Goffman’s self-presentation theory....more

Canceling Reality: TV’s Aid in Dismantling America’s Reality -- A Revisit

I wrote this essay back in 2002, and it's been about 10 years since I've read it. It's interesting to see just how much reality TV has exploded in the 10 years since this was written. And I admit I'm scared to know if this crazy, "accident on the highway" genre of TV can grow bigger in the future ... and how it can.||||| ...more

The Coming-to-Be of a Dissertation on African-American Mom Bloggers: Part One [Intro]

In the summer of 2010, I took an Internet Writing course, and in the class, we had to write a paper that focused on some aspect of writing for the Internet. At the time of the class, I was in my last leg of course work and was trying to firm up a topic for my dissertation research. I knew I was interested in online spaces and that I was also interested in race, gender, and identity and how those aspects were developed and shaped in online spaces. I was also interested in African-American women and they used these spaces....more

Calling all readers of African-American mommy blogs!

Calling all readers of African-American mommy blogs!  I am conducting a study on the blogging practices of African-American mommy bloggers.I invite you to participate in our study by taking a survey geared toward readers of these blogs. To understand the blogging practices of African-American mommy bloggers, it is important to explore the readers of these blogs. Your participation in the survey will enable me to do that.The online survey consists of 23 questions. It will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete....more