"Institutionalizing Inclusion," BA Thesis
Updated: Feb 18
My bachelor’s thesis drew upon multidisciplinary research to a synthesis current and projected impacts that ubiquitous computing will have on minority groups.
Timeline: 6 months
In the primary stages of this research project, I honed the operational definitions of the concepts I wanted to explore. My research culminated into a literary review that synthesized perspectives from a diverse range of disciplines.
- Ubiquitous computing (Dourish and Bell, 2014)
- Big Data (Boyd and Crawford, 2011)
- Feedback loops (O'Neil, 2016)
- Bureaucracy (Gay, Paul de., 2000)
Then, I used existing research to describe the impacts these concepts will have upon the individual living within western society. Using an existing sociological text Rostow’s “Non-Communist Manifesto,” I contextualized the impacts described by emerging research within existing social boundaries.
Finally, I outlined my “Panglossian Daydream,” based on Jaron Lanier’s theory of micro-payments. I used current evidence of bias and instability to justify the implementation of a post-capitalist social and economic structure.