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Week 11 summary: Authority

After speaking with Jen I decided to do my final assessment on authority, in particular how we sometimes feel that authority is compromised in digital spaces and what if anything we (should?) do to assert our authority.  I first noticed this theme in Hine’s account of digital ethnography:

Along with travel comes the notion of translation [...]

week 7 – lifestream commentary

The lifestream this week has been almost entirely made up of comments and readings for my ethnography and those  of my colleagues.

The ethnographies were all fabulous and led me to really think about communities in a new way. They were necessarily short because of the time constraints but this was not too restirctive because as [...]

Blather, Rinse, Repeat: An Ethnography of Conspiracy Theory

I did a talk this weekend just gone at the Dublin Paranormal Conference, where I talked through my virtual ethnography, using Press play.

And this is the link to the presentation for you to explore.

I’ll try to summarise two or three specific things which relate back to the themes and readings we’ve been looking at [...]

Week 7 Lifestream summary

This week has been mainly about my micro ethnography. I finally received a confirmation email from the Bankeyfields community to allow me to study their forum posts. A lot of my lifestream postings this week have been blog items relationg to my ethnography.

I have enjoyed this blocks core and secondary readings and have found them [...]

Week 6 Summary

Again, my apologies for the late posting of this.

Week 6 has seen me ploughing into my chosen subject matter for a virtual ethnography – the 9/11 conspiracy theories. As previously stated, my objective here is not to determine whether the 9/11 conspiracy theories are ‘true’ or not, but rather to determine how members of that [...]

My digital ethnography #5: Speaking the lingo

Methodological preambles are far from innocent in the construction of ethnographic authority. The ethnography described in this book is no different. Chapter 4 is there not just to tell you what I did, but to convince you that I did something that authorizes me to speak. Devices such as the technical glossary at the end [...]

Week 6 Summary


This week has been taken up with working on the virtual ethnography. It has kept me away from the lifestream, to a certain extent.

Reading Hine (2000), along with Jen’s feedback, has helped me understand a little more clearly why I am writing these weekly reflections.  I was not sure why I had to write the [...]

Week 5 Summary

Week 5 has been the best so far for me. As I said in a mail to Jen and Sian earlier this week:

‘I studied Anthrpology for a year at Uni (having to drop it after year one to concentrate on other subjects) and I’ve always harboured fantasies about going back to it. In a way [...]

My virtual ethnography #1: the arrival story

They [arrival stories] play the crucial role of anchoring that description in the intense and authority-giving personal experience of fieldwork … Always they are responsible for setting up the initial positionings of the subjects of the ethnographic text: the ethnographer, the native, and the reader. (Pratt 1986, cited in Hine 2000 p45)

She arrived at night, [...]

Reading: Hine

The Virtual Objects of Ethnography

This reading gives an introduction to virtual ethnography.  As a definition of Ethnography, the text cites Hammersley and Atkinson:

“…it involves the ethnographer participating, overtly or covertly in people’s daily lives for an exended period of time [...]collecting whatever data are available to throw light on the issues that are the focus [...]