Reflecting on my first blog post last week, particularly on my research interests, I have come to realize that the area I would like to focus on is a common and popular topic that is widely discussed in the variety of sources I have briefly looked at. If anyone does not recall, I would generally like to focus on censorship and impacts on children. I have not done sufficient research to ascertain what exactly has been argued in these papers; therefore, I am not entirely certain if my own research and interests will be reinstating what already has been looked at. While reading Luker’s chapters for this week, I was pleased to be re-introduced to some steps of the research process that I had entirely forgotten from my undergraduate studies, such as the review of literature. This step of the research process will assist me in looking for areas that have not been discussed in pertaining to this topic, and perhaps I could explore fields and disciplines this research could contribute to that I have not thought of before. Even though there might be much discussion and content about censorship, children and intellectual freedom, I have to consider how myself as a researcher can do differently than other researchers. I realize that my background with a Children’s Studies degree can be a start in distinguishing myself. I may consider theories and concepts that I learned in my undergraduate studies that have not been applied to research on this topic. The different sections of my bedraggled daisy can attest to that. For instance, I had written down “adult versus child binary”, which was extensively discussed in my studies.
I still have not decided which direction to take with my research interests as I had two that were different from each other, yet similar with the broad topic of censorship and children in mind. I either wanted my focus to lean towards digital culture or children’s literature. I assume combining these would be too broad. I am leaning more towards digital culture, children and censorship, which I will focus on for my bedraggled daisy.
My attempt at a bedraggled daisy: