Apparently, yes, you can! According to this recent story in my local newspaper, it is possible…though not very likely. (Thank goodness — and thanks, Chris P., for keeping me updated!)
These days I’m enjoying the slower pace of summer, but still managing to keep pretty busy. I am finally getting to work on a couple of papers about parody reviews that I’ve had in mind for about 2 years now. Many of these texts are really funny. This one is my current favorite (posted under the “Delicious Women’s PhD Darling Sexy Costume”):
I wore this to my friend’s Halloween party. Everything was going fine until some jerk asked if he could see my discrete variables and if my f-value was significant. Some guy and his girlfriend asked if I’m into three – way ANOVAS. I was beyond insulted.
What can I say?…it appeals to my inner research geek. Besides being humorous, parodies also have a critical dimension. So from a scholarly perspective, I’m especially interested in how, with these kinds of texts, the review site becomes an arena for addressing gender politics, as well as a space for other forms of social critique.
And I’ve also recently launched the data collection phase for a very exciting new project. This study will look at if/how/when/why local restaurants in my area respond to online reviews about their businesses. Here’s a VERY preliminary finding: out of a semi-random sample of 50 popular local restaurants, only about 1/3 of them responded to reviews posted on 2 major sites. My next mission is to find out why that is!