July 2014
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Reading, Bayne: “Academetron, automaton, phantom: uncanny digital pedagogies”

I’ve been reading Sian’s manifesto on uncanny digital pedagogies.  I think it is really well structured and shows up very well which areas are affected and challenged by digital culture. She describes how being put into strange environments, being estranged from yourself through a disonance of body and soul, and having to re-think authenticity puts [...]

End of week 9

This week I’ve been discovering a few new ideas for myself:

1. I’ve still been looking at some of the ethnographies. The great variety of these seem to show up some facts about the internet that we had been dealing with from the start: The virtual communities have utopian elements (such as bringing people together who [...]

Of shit and the Soul

Muri’s central argument against the idea of disembodiment seems to be that there is too much literal shit being produced for anyone to seriously think we are being disembodied. Obviously, she is right. We’re still here and there are more and more of us all the time. She is also touching on environmental issues with [...]

cyberselves as additional layers

My favourite quote of the day from Gies: “How material are cyberbodies? Broadband internet and embodied subjectivity”

“It is important to stress, however, that rather than taking us into entirely new directions, our ‘cyber selves’ (Aas, 2007) constitute merely an additional layer to already densely structured social identities.”

This seems to be in total contrast to the [...]

Hayles: From Cyborg to Cognisphere

This text is an argument for a view of the posthuman which is more networked. In this sense it continues the development from Hayles text “Toward embodied virtuality” where she was arguing for a collective sense of identity. Embodiment was a key issue of this earlier text and “a recognition that agency is always relational [...]

Ethnography: Clari

A Flickr Ethnography

This text gives a good illustration of what a virtual ethnography can be like:

There are some comments on how you could structure it:

“Broadly speaking, an ethnographic approach involves providing a description, an analysis and an interpretation of a culture-sharing group” (p.4)

The research centres around six questions (p.4):

“1. Is this a good place to [...]

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 [...]

End of week 4

Wow, this was quite an intense week. I have to admit I found the visual artefact task really challenging!  I think this was a) because I don’t feel I’m a very creative person and b) I don’t feel very technologically able (which is why I find this whole MSc very daunting sometimes). I think the [...]

Reading: Carpenter

Key definitions in this text:

Genre: These are defined by their purpose, their rhetorical actions (what they do and how they are used) rather than by what they are. (p.141)

Activity system: Any ongoing, object-directed, historically conditioned, dialectically structured, tool-mediated human interaction. (p.141)

Electronic environment: The interface , point and medium, or environment of interaction between users and [...]

End of week 1

Some thoughts on the first week of this module:

The course: I found this week quite a tough one. I’m trying to come to grips with all the different parts of this course.  The fact that all the information is spread out means having to check in various places. The tweetdeck, the readings, the films, people’s [...]