Topic for PhD research proposal

Topic for PhD research proposal

I heard people talking about the importance of nailing down something you are really passionate about for your dissertation topic because it’ll be the only thing you’ll be studying tirelessly for the next 3+ years.

Initially I was interested in studying the Apple culture and how it spread American ideals around the world. Turns out too little has been done on it.

I had several other topics in mind: fan culture, podcast, narrowcasting, TV, online community, user-generated content, participatory media.

I FEEL like (what do I know 😦 ) if I do podcast, it will be more likely for me to find a supervisor because it seems like a more serious topic. Right now, I’m thinking about applying the uses and gratifications theory into the motivations of fan podcast of TV dramas. Being a podcaster myself (not for a TV show, but still a fan podcast), I think it will be easier to do because I already understand the technical background. In could incorporate elements of online community and user-generated content as well as participatory media in it.

However, I actually feel more passionate about fan made videos on Youtube. I love watching those lovely fan vids made by very talented, young fan girls. I remember when I was their age, I had my own website for my favorite boyband (dont ask) and I spent a tremendous amount of time updating imagines, news and designing wallpapers, too! I think I could basically apply the same theory (UGT) and elements into finding out the motivations of these vidders of popular TV shows, but I don’t know much about Youtube really. I’m the kind of lurkers who don’t even leave comments.

What do you guys think? I hope some brainiacs or social scientists can tell me if I really would have a higher chance of finding an advisor with the podcast topic.


About Nicky

Nicky English is a journalist, an educator, a podcaster, a couch potato, a dreamer, and a child at heart. Learning is her passion, so is the English language, which she believes is the tool to unlock the door of knowledge. Born in Hong Kong, she received intensive writing training at The University of Iowa, where she double-majored in journalism and political science. Apart from the Hawkeye State, she’s lived in Chicago and Philadelphia. When she was a guest student at Georgetown University, she fell in love with Washington, D.C. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication. A little side note—she cannot imagine a world without her Mac and iDevices. Like many crazy ones, she hopes to change the world one day at a time.
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