webnography

  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 … Continue reading

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second life conceptual

  Since a month there’s a new blog on the block, concerned with exploring “↑Second Life“ (SL): ↑Second Life Conceptual by Gaynor Gritzi, Who seems especially interested in seizing the inworld heights. The latest post reports about ↑flying a jet-pack at 50,000m while leaving unending vapor trails in the sky. Rigged up test-pilot Gaynor looks like a hybrid made of James Bond, a NASA-astronaut, Rocketboy, and Buzz Lightyear. The story on the ↑maiden flight of a retro rocket ship—which ended in desaster—has some hilarious passages: “This was the last photograph taken before the retro rocketship crashed and burned. Wreckage was … Continue reading

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