hiatus

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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13. Six ways of doing digital ethnography

media/anthropology

researchTitleThis 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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Imagining Heritage: Selfies and Visual Placemaking at Historic Sites

interesting read!

Archaeology and Material Culture

A selfie at the Lincoln memorial (image Joe Flood). A selfie at the Lincoln memorial (image Joe Flood).


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.

An image of the facebook page of camp selfies. An image of the facebook page of camp selfies.

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