Posts Tagged ‘ethnography’

home straits: week 9

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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.

Guidelines for choosing a community to study

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

There’s been quite a lot of discussion on the discussion board about what type of community or field site it is appropriate or feasible to look at in the amount of time we have. Sian has made a posting about ethics which is reproduced in the post below. In addition to considering this, we would like you to follow these guidelines for choosing your community:

1. If you are part of a community that you really want to study and you feel that you can ask for and receive permission in a timely manner, then you can go ahead and seek this. In this case we recommend that you seek permission to look at archived (not ongoing) discussion/communication.

2. Otherwise we want you to choose a community which:
- is public and open to the whole internet (not password protected or members only) – ie: Flickr, Youtube or similar
- has a culture of using usernames/handles/pseudonyms rather than real names

This ensures that there is a low expectation of privacy and a low level of concern about anonymity which you need to contend with.

3. If you are still concerned about the material you are working with or creating, you can choose to post your snapshot up privately for just the course participants to see and comment on. If you don’t have somewhere private yourself to put things, you could email us your files and we could put them up in an EASE protected space.