— Helen Walker (@helenwalker7) February 12, 2017
As I outlined in our discussion around course choices on the hub, I signed up for this course for a number of reasons. The first is a personal one: following an accident 4 years ago which resulted in me losing some of my hearing, I was prescribed mindfulness therapy as a way of managing the resulting tinnitus and hyperacusis. As a seasoned cynic, I was, at the outset, sceptical about the value of this. However, the results were staggering and I continued, for some years afterwards, to meditate regularly. This has dropped off in recent months, as the busyness of life intensified. As Kozinets counsels, it’s important when undertaking a netnographic study, to choose an area which is of interest to you. I also hope that undertaking this MOOC might restart my own mindfulness practice again.
Secondly, there is an increasing use of mindfulness in schools and I am hoping to engage in discussions around this with the course participants.
Thirdly – and perhaps most importantly – I opted for this as there was already a lot of course ‘noise’, both via Twitter and within the course study group. If we are to study community cultures, I wanted to select an active and vibrant community.