What's not research?
Let’s raise an inescapable question here: What’s not research or what is? In reply, I can say that both research and non-research paper/writings, contain similar elements.
We’ll find objectives, reliable consistency, and credibility in both types. Both of them deal with accurate, systematic controller factors. And, these factors rely upon experience or observation of a researcher or writer. But a question arises. What makes them different from each other?
Data collection in research
In general, a researcher collects data in person or from other people’s research work. But the key issue is that the collected data always needs to go through a review process. Also, the data needs approval of a strong review board if the paper is up for publication in a journal as a research paper.
The review board is there because it tends to check the accuracy and empirical consistency of that research work. Without the approval of reviewers, one’s research paper is only an informative writing with lots of data and opinions.
Less than a century ago, especially in the humanities area, the concept of research involved only textbooks. Back then, the researchers utilized the same concepts over and over again on specific texts. Yet, the cultural artefact of text started evolving with the change of critical theory from the 20th century.
The postmodern deconstruction now turned everything into a text in our everyday life. Imagine wall paintings to t-shirt pictures, interviews to a phone conversation. Even movies, songs, advertisement to virtual games. Today everything is a text. Everything is a reservoir of data, and everything is worth researching if one knows where his/her interest lies.
Research in the postmoder era
The term has a double sense— referring either to the ethnography of one’s group or autobiographical writing that has an ethnographic interest.
— Deborah E. Reed (1997), Auto/Ethnography: Rewriting the Self and the Social.
To wind up things, the important factor is straightforward. We’re creating new knowledge. We aren’t drawing conclusions out of thin air, and we’re connecting dots from diverse fields. Yes, the arguement’ll continue. The purpose comes first not the arguements on what’s not research.