home straits: week 9

The ethnographies are all up now, and the work that’s gone into these, and into the constructive and supportive commentary, has been genuinely impressive. The studies have opened up and dusted down corners of the web which I had no idea existed, and have engaged critically and reflexively with essential questions like ‘what constitutes community?’, ‘what is ethnography?’, ‘how do the ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ intersect?’, ‘what counts as internet research?’ and many, many others. I’d really recommend anyone who hasn’t yet had a read of the ethnographies to spend an hour or so on this when you have it.

Meanwhile, we continue this week with the readings on cyborgism, posthumanism and related critical theories. These will lead into our skype chat next week on wednesday, when we’ll talk about applying some of these ideas to online pedagogy. There have been some really great additional readings, videos and links coming through on Twitter to help with these readings – many thanks everyone for those.

Finally, the wallwisher on being posthuman is starting to look really good so do keep posting to this when inspired to. Remember to log out of wallwisher if you want to post anonymously.

See you in the blogs and on Twitter – have a good week.

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