The Internet as a library-of-people: For a cyberethnography of online groups

  • Teli M
  • Pisanu F
  • Hakken D
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Abstract

The concept "cyberethnography" remains undefined in the social sciences while, at the same time, still overlapping too much with the more well-known concept of "virtual ethnography." The aim of our paper is to remedy this situation by underlining new directions in the ethnographic study of computer mediated settings. To do so, we define cyberspace as computer-mediated contexts intrinsically related to supposed-to-be "real" places. From this point of view the ethnography of online groups is not just the ethnography of the groups online (or the online ethnography of groups), but it is both the ethnography of online and related off-line situations, the ethnography of humans and non-human actors in these related fields. It is hybrid, like a cyborg. In a word, it is a cyberethnography

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  • Computer mediated communication
  • Cyberethnography
  • Cyberspace
  • Virtuality

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Authors

  • Maurizio Teli

  • Francesco Pisanu

  • David Hakken

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