Planning the Approach to Researching The Bobo & Flex podcast

  1. Problematising my approach

With the Bobo and Flex podcast, the context of most episodes involve focusing on current issues, critical thinking, self-reflection and being more nuanced. The style and format of the podcast is made to engage and interact with the audience. The audience then provide their perspectives and ideas through the social media platforms to engage with other listeners and people who are also apart of the community, in order to create discussion and connections.

The audience involvement after each episode is demonstrated through the podcast Facebook Group and Instagram page but how much of the audience response is involved within the podcast episodes themselves? I’m interested in seeing how the host, Bobo and Flex, incorporate their listeners into their podcast and how it supports their topics of discussion and what it may represent.

I am also interested in the dynamic of the podcast hosts and their audience. How has their podcast created such a community and what may be the key themes that attract such a large group of people to be involved in this podcast? How influential are the hosts to their audience? There are many different aspects surrounding the Bobo and Flex podcast that I’m excited to delve into and share my experiences which I also feel could be very informative to the creators of the podcast themselves.

2. The Research Plan

For my research, I’ll be presenting it in a series of blog posts. My research will be based mainly on autoethnographic research, define by Wall (2006) as “an emerging qualitative research method that allows the author to write in a highly personalised style, drawing on his or her experience to extend understanding about a societal phenomenon.” It will reflect my observations and perspectives on the podcast episodes as well as the audience of the podcast and their engagement in discussion through the podcast Instagram page and the Facebook group. Furthermore, I will be observing these interactions between the audience on the social media platforms and the nature of these discussions and how the podcast has created a large community of people who want to share their thoughts, stories and perspectives.

3. Schedule of Research

References

Wall, S. (2006). An autoethnography on learning about autoethnography. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 5(2), Article 9.

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