The Digital Metamorphosis

  • Harry T. Dyer
Part of the Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education book series (CSTE, volume 11)


This introductory chapter begins to explore why education needs to carefully explore, understand, and engage with social media. Through a sustained comparison with Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, this chapter unpacks why there is a need for educators, educational research, and educational policy makers to more carefully examine social media rather than rely upon engrained assumptions. In particular, this chapter asks educational professionals to pay attention to critical sociological understandings of social media. The chapter then moves on to introduce the participants of the research detailed in this book, discussing why they were selected and why there is a compelling ethical responsibility and need to move beyond the focus on public data collection that is ever-present in digital research. Finally, this chapter concludes by introducing the remaining chapters of this book.


Metamorphosis Digital education Social Media Public data Participant selection Digital sociology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry T. Dyer
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  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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