Collette Snowden


Posted On October 1, 2015By hadzantonis@hotmail.comIn 2015-oct-20, 2015-oct-20-fm

Critical theory: Part 4

In Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Critical theory, we introduced Critical theory. I discussed that it represents both a school of though and a methodology. I noted that Critical theory works on at least four levels. At the first level, at its simplest, Critical theory requires the critic to have a sound knowledge context. The second level, to aid a Critical theory methodology, the reader positions the text and the audience in various strategic ways. However, we can take this further. At a third level, agency moves toward the reader in aRead More

Posted On September 30, 2015By hadzantonis@hotmail.comIn 2015-sep-19, 2015-sep-19-fm

Critical theory: Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of Critical theory, I introduced the methodology, its fundamental framework, and the first of a proposed 4 types of modus operandi. For the first level, I discussed Critical theory as a thorough review and interpretation of a text and its subjective set of contexts. For the second level, we view Critical theory as a way in which the the reader positions the text and the audience, that is the reader. As we read text, we continuous place ourselves in positions of semiotic correctness, and henceRead More

Posted On August 1, 2015By hadzantonis@hotmail.comIn 2015-aug-18, 2015-aug-18-fm

Critical theory: Part 2

In part 1 of Critical theory, I introduced the methodology, and its fundamental framework. But how does Critical theory operate? I suggest that Critical theory operates on (at least) four different levels, each of which I will elaborate on separately. The first level, at its simplest, requires the critic to have a sound knowledge of a/the context. The critic or analyst determines inconsistencies and contradictions between the text, and the knowledge and beliefs of the analyst. The analyst subsequently argues for realignment of the text with current beliefs. Here, the critic/analyst should notRead More
Dr. Collette Snowden is currently Program Director, Communication and Media, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, School of Communication, at the University of South Australia. She completed her Doctorate at the University of South Australia, and her undergraduate at Adelaide University. Dr. Snowden’s Teaching interests include Public Communication, Mobile Communications, Political Communication, Organisational Communication, History of Communications and Technology, Diffusion of Technology and its Social Consequences, Science and Technology Communication, Non-textual communication, and Multi-disciplinary communication.  Her research interests include Communication and Technology: the social impact of technology on all forms of human communication Mobile Communications: the uses and consequences of mobile communications,Read More
I previously spoke about the significance of the PhD candidate becoming the PhD study. What are some ways in which to accomplish this? To ontologically reflect the PhD study direction requires a shift in the whole self, and not solely the cognitive, and hence to life-practice the framework applied to the research. The work required to accomplish this need not be broad in scope, where small epistemic reassessments, as well as those of the self, can go a long way. Intensity and depth of investigation can match and even surpass scope in theRead More
A simplistic view of objects can be beneficial as a pioneering methodology, as long as we extend on this by seeking the complexity of the object, or subject, or domain. After all, we need a starting point. Take collectivism and individualism, for example. The work of Hofstede was significant as a pioneering process, but we now really must move past his work and either refute the work, or build on it, to complexify it. Can we really suggest that everyone in the United State is individualist, and that everyone inRead More