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Thread: Superheroes and Terrorism PhD: Help required.

  1. UCLGeogPhD Guest

    Superheroes and Terrorism PhD: Help required.

    Hello,
    My name is Nicholas Gray and I am a PhD student at the department of Geography, University College London. I am here today to ask you, the community, to help me with my PhD research project. I am interested in comic audience’s engagements with themes of terrorism within the Superhero genre. My research is a product of the first decade of our current centuries War on Terror and the effect that this has had on global audiences and media, and in particular comic books.

    I am myself a superhero comic fan, having caught the bug in 2001 following a drunken argument over who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman. Thus I found comics to prove Batman can and has kicked Superman into touch on a number of occasions. My favourite comics are Batman and Robin, Secret Six and Booster Gold (although I am to lose two of these come September) and am looking forward to the return of Nightwing. I am therefore here as both fan and scholar to ask for the wider communities views on these themes and ideas of terrorism within the superhero genre of comics.

    I have created a series of online questionnaires, one of which is designed specifically for comic readers to express their views. I was therefore wondering if you could spare approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete this questionnaire. As a sweetener all those that complete the questionnaire will be entered into a draw for a £10 Amazon.co.uk (or Amazon.com if not UK based) voucher.

    I am UK based, but I am looking for a more global understanding of various issues for the online questionnaire.
    The questionnaire is located at:

    COMIC FANS QUESTIONNAIRE

    tinyurl.com/ComicPhD1
    (please remember to add the http bit at the start)

    This link will take you to the questionnaire (created using Google Documents) which should be viewable on all major internet browsers and many mobile phone browsers.

    If you choose to take part and know of others local to you within household, family and friendship groups that may be interested then please feel free to pass the information of this project onto them.

    Further if you have members of your family, household or friendship groups that do not read comics and would be interested In taking part in some research then please direct them to this alternate questionnaire at:

    NON-READERS QUESTIONNAIRE

    tinyurl.com/ComicPhD2



    I thank you for taking the time to read this post and I thank all those who choose to take part.

    Yours thankfully

    Nicholas Gray



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    I haven't had a chance to go through this (at work), but this looks very interesting. I always love to see comics brought into things like schooling, etc. I've tweeted on our twitter about it too so hopefully you'll get some answers from that.

    Good luck getting the information you need for your PhD and welcome to the site.



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    Not sure if its the form, but I keep getting a google error popping up and going away.

    502. That’s an error.
    The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.
    Please try again in 30 seconds. That’s all we know.



  4. Thorne Guest

    I wish I could have used message boards to do my homework when i was in school

    We didn't even have Wiki or Google, I had to actually manually search through and read a hard copy Encyclopedia and form my own damn opinions

    kids!!... get everything handed to them on a silver fricken platter...



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    Hahaha. I think it takes homework to a whole new level. Think about the variety of responses he can get from this questionaire over the internet versus the old days of having to stand outside a comic shop asking people to take it. I think studies are more likely to reflect the whole world than just a particular city.



  6. Thorne Guest

    Ah HA!! Gotcha there Smart Guy, using message boards to do his research he distances himself from people therefore it might as well have been something on Wiki

    Ya gotta get up in peoples grills man, man up and go out in the field with the great unwashed nerds, THAT'S LIFE SON!!



  7. UCLGeogPhD Guest

    Quote Originally Posted by StephenJondrew View Post
    Not sure if its the form, but I keep getting a google error popping up and going away.
    Hmmm, I sense that may just be google having a fit. Its probably not the greatest tool with which to do this, but its free and doesn't require specialist training to get to work (although I have to say google documents are completely frustrating at times). Will keep an eye on that though, not been able to cause that issue myself.

    Thanks for the tweet by the way, that is completely and totally wholeheartedly appreciated .
    Last edited by UCLGeogPhD; Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 05:19 PM.



  8. UCLGeogPhD Guest

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorne View Post
    Ah HA!! Gotcha there Smart Guy, using message boards to do his research he distances himself from people therefore it might as well have been something on Wiki

    Ya gotta get up in peoples grills man, man up and go out in the field with the great unwashed nerds, THAT'S LIFE SON!!
    Thanks for the interest. Don't worry I do still use books and real encyclopaedias (in fact I have an entry in one , so feel free to peruse Sages Encyclopaedia of Geography edited by Barney Warf (2010), I'd personally recommend finding out about Friedrich Ratzel.... ), and it is indeed my aim to engage with the great unwashed, to quote your good self, through focus groups. This is just a good tool for getting a wider view that I can then narrow down a bit later on.



  9. Thorne Guest

    I would respond to that but I don't want to be pwned further so i will say good luck on your project and walk away.



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    Hahah. Wow, that was a great smack-down if I've ever read one. Congrats on being published too!



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