Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about human social actions, social structure and functions. A goal for many sociologists is to conduct research which may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, while others focus primarily on refining the theoretical understanding of social processes. Subject matter ranges from the micro level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure.
Posts about Sociology
  • When Social Media Piranhas Strike

    … By Clayton Carroll, {grow} Community Member We’ve seen it before. Someone disagrees with an influencer and the social media piranhas have a feeding frenzy. They quickly rip apart the dissenter. The piranhas hurl jeers and “insights” all designed to devour an opinion and shame that person from showing their face in public again. Faced…

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  • How to be strategically authentic

    … show up: in life, in a post, in a meeting. If you’re on the web for non-business reasons, go for it. Let’s hear about that snotty nose if that’s what’s on your mind today. However, if you’re a business person and social media is part of your business, I think it’s OK to curate a bit. I know this advice is different than what most people suggest…

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  • How business strategy is being re-invented by social media

    … By Mark Schaefer My friend Mitch Joel has been on a roll lately. I’ve always considered him one of the world’s great marketing bloggers but the quality of his thinking lately seems to have gone up a notch. If you don’t yet subscribe to his blog Six Pixels of Separation, you should! One of his recent posts inspired today’s topic … and it’s…

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  • Three ideas to end the social media poison

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist Divisive politics span across the globe, robotization threatens to replace millions of workers, geo-conflicts throw people at each other. The future seems so uncertain. The present seems so … harsh. Flipping through your favorite news channels is starting to look like the billboard chart…

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  • The True Meaning of Hustle

    … By Mark Schaefer When I was 14 years old I needed a job. I needed a job because I needed money. My family didn’t have the money to buy me a bike and I needed transportation. I wanted to buy a stereo system (records!) … and I had recently discovered girls. So I needed to find some money. Through my years of prepubescence, I had done everything I…

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  • Finding the right “authenticity level” for your brand

    …, no smiling face. The blog posts were written in a clinical style that made me wonder if a human was involved at all. The headlines left me cold. “Marketing automation mistakes.” “New research is here.” “A social media development.” Who would want to read that? The world doesn’t need another post entitled “Common Twitter mistakes.” However, I would…

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  • A business case for diversity in digital transformation

    … By Kristian Strøbech, {grow} Community Member Earlier this year I launched an on-site course to teach a Danish news organization advanced research methods in social media. Little did I imagine the janitor would steal the show. Stumbling into unexpected goodness is such a treat! Our story begins when a regional Danish television broadcaster, TV…

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  • 5 Marketing Lessons I learned from the dystopian “Black Mirror”

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist A viciously addictive series has taken my mind hostage and filled it with warnings about the future. The culprit is Black Mirror, a dystopian sci-fi show from the UK, now bought by Netflix and prolonged to a third season. Each episode works like a standalone cautionary tale and deals with ordinary…

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  • The true goal of influence: Persuasion

    … We talk a lot about influence, but what is the true goal of influencing? Persuading. While I was far afield in South America for the past few weeks, Tom’s wife Tamsen sat in for me in this episode of The Marketing Companion. Tom and Tamsen talk about the relationship between influence and persuasion, and what it really takes to not only make…

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  • A thought exercise on social media and critical thinking

    … By Mark Schaefer I received a pretty big shock recently, a discovery that made me re-think who I am and what I know. For many years I have enjoyed digging into my family history. For many of us in the U.S. — nearly all of us immigrants — our family tree has tangled roots and uncovering where we come from can be an obsession. Most of the Irish…

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  • Success may mean staying true to what you know is true

    … By Mark Schaefer I invented Groupon. Well sort of. Many years ago, my first big consulting opportunity was with a national newspaper chain. The company saw the writing on the wall and knew they needed to make big changes to adjust to the digital age. I was invited by the publisher to come into their office and present my innovative new ideas…

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  • Are you unknowingly supporting hate speech?

    … with that name. I don’t agree with everything he says and sometimes his humor offends me. But it’s his job to be provocative, entertaining and very political. Social media is simply another outlet for him. No one is forced to watch his show or follow his social media posts. He is an entertainer. And to a large extent, so is Donald Trump. I agree…

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  • Tolerance, diversity and the social media filter bubble

    … I see angry people. My Facebook stream is full of ’em. A couple of times a month I see a post like this from an exasperated friend: “I’ve had it. I’m unfollowing everybody but 12 people.” Most of us have probably initiated some sort of social media purge but every time we do, we move toward a social media stream that is more like … us. Many…

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  • Brand bullying and other things that need to change

    … In the future, chatbots will be at the center of customer service and every shoe department will have a ladder In the latest episode of The Marketing Companion podcast, Tom Webster and I reveal our wishlist of what we would like to see “more of” and “less of” on the web. Among the topics we explore: Brand skepticism and brand bullying…

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  • How to create a joyful experience on the web

    … I wanted to do a short post today on a subject that is plaguing a lot of people right now — a social media news feed that brings your day down. Each day my social media friend-feed is filled with web-induced angst: “There are so many fakers on the web — it makes me angry.” “Politics brings out the worst in people. These rants are driving me…

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