our reflexivity and heightens our sensitivity to the notion of shared inquiry as we ask
one another, ‘what are we doing here?’ (M. Gergen, 2001).” (Bava, 2005)
As an academic with an interdisciplinary mindset, performance and inquiry was woven
throughout this dissertation: Initially, the interview performance allowed for improvisation to
occur within the conversation; and the interactive sources embedded within the text
allowed for greater exploration of the participants’ multimedia performances while also
recognizing the readers’ interaction or shared performance with the materials presented.
Bava reveals, “Performance allows for the unorthodox to occur. It has created a blurring of
boundaries between science and fiction, academia and the arts (Bava, 2001; M. Gergen,
2001; Piercy & Benson, 2005” (Bava, 2005, p. 175).
Performance obscures the traditional separation between science and art and this
“orientation invites exploration into ambiguity, subtle nuance, and contradiction” while
“expanding the possibilities of representation – using, theater, art of multi-media, for
example” (Gergen & Gergen, 2011, 295). There is the realization that performance not
only allows for interdisciplinary collaboration as in my case with the melding of commentary
from many fields (e.g. communications, organizational behavior, and media) but also
creates an opening in the sciences for “the inclusion of multiple traditions, and thus they
become more polyvocal, dialogic, and democratic (Gergen & Gergen, 2011, 296). The
appreciative reflections allow the audience to experience the participants’ work through
access to the Internet.
In this research, through the appreciative reflections or individual stories of each media
freelancer (micro narrative), we are introduced to the cast of characters before reading the
collective stories weaving commonalities and differences with their freelance experiences
(macro narrative). “Sociologists have used the term ‘micro/macro’ to refer to the leap from
understanding individual cases or parts to understanding the system as a whole (Collins,
1981)” (Stake, 2005, p. 462n25). In this case, we become familiar with the individual micro
narrative work histories in the Appreciative Reflections and this approach allows for a more
intimate experience for the reader.
For this dissertation, there were eleven conversations with freelancers across a wide
multimedia expanse. Because they are so uniquely positioned in various disciplines (e.g.
audio, documentary, screenwriting, etc.) I thought that their voices should reveal their