Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan is on a quest “to explore the nature of computer-mediated communication, online social networking, notions of public and private in the virtual realm, the global impact of new interactive information technologies, narrative, alternative conceptions of embodiment in the digital age, subcultural appropriation of technology, linguistic representations of self/identity, the role of play and creativity in communitas, and dynamic mashup systems.” At her blog WebnographY: The anthropology of online communities she writes about her research for her “Master’s thesis in anthropology exploring matters of being, knowing, and being known in online communities.” The blog is choke full with a plethora of literature reviews—very worthwhile. Also check out Jenny’s own writing, reachable via the sidebar to the right of her blog column.

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