It's been awhile since I've posted. Due to personal reasons I am deferring my studies for the time being. Hopefully not too long, 6-12 months possibly. In the mean time, I have decided to take advantage of the spare time and read some non-PhD related books. I'm currently reading Brave New World. What's your recommendations? … Continue reading hiatus
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Sorry about the lack of postings. I have been in the thick of it reading for my literature review. I've been reading about the last 20 years of Internet Studies and then going to move on to presentation of self online (influenced by Goffman). I've noticed that during the reading marathon, the original idea one … Continue reading Keeping your aim in focus.
So it's been awhile since my last post. Amazing how swamped I am already and only 20 days in to my PhD. I'm currently reading the last 20 years of literature in the area of Internet Studies, examining the common themes, arguments, and the trajectory of things. It's always fun/scary reading a topic that's new. … Continue reading In the thick of it.
This is the thirteenth instalment in the freedom technologists series. A revised version appears in Pink, S., H. Horst, J. Postill, L. Hjorth, T. Lewis and J. Tacchi. 2016. Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices. London: Sage.
IN THE 2000s I studied an internet-mediated social world that remained fairly stable throughout the main period of fieldwork, namely the field of residential politics in a middle-class suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Postill 2011). However, digital ethnographers will sometimes find that the social worlds they are researching will experience dramatic changes over a short period of time. In some cases, they may even witness the birth of a new social world whilst still in the field.
This is precisely what happened to me during fieldwork among Internet activists in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). In May 2011, with little prior warning, the small Internet activism scene I had been researching for ten months was…
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A variety of ideologues routinely reduce selfies to yet another confirmation of our mass superficiality. Instagram is indeed littered with scores of us primping for our bathroom mirrors and posing at arm’s length for “ego shots”: it seems infeasible to salvage especially profound insight into contemporary society from Justin Bieber’s self-involved posing or Kim Kardashian’s often-ridiculous stream of booty calls. Nevertheless, the countless online selfies register a self-consciousness about appearance that is likely common in every historical moment, and the recent flood of online selfies may simply confirm that we know we are being seen and we are cultivating our appearance for others. After looking in the mirror for millennia, digitization has provided a novel mechanism to re-imagine, manipulate, and project a broad range of personal reflections into broader social space.
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