Week 8 summary – Ethnographies

The end of one unit and the start of another. This weeks blog has been rather random, with further exploration of communities to the separation of mind and technology. I have been spending most time exploring and commenting on other people’s ethnographies. It was so interesting to find out other students areas of interest and [...]

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Week 7 summary – Community and culture

This week along with working on the ethnography, I have been thinking a lot about different communities, their ethos, the idea of being part of a community and a communities culture. Communities in the real world usually share a common interest and ideas and involve actual interactions, where people take on specific roles within the [...]

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Ethnography

Please view my visual ethnography here Introduction I have stumbled upon the Weight Weenies website for this ethnographic study due to a discussion with friends about forums and who actually uses them. I am not an active member of any forum, firstly because I don’t have time and I feel they need a certain level [...]

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Weight Wheelies – Authenticity without F2F communication

Hine 2000 discusses the problem of authenticity in cyberspace ethnography, suggesting that online roles and sicussions may not be authentic and identities may be assumed in this environment. Although this may well be a problem in other forums, this doesn’t appear to be an issue here. There have been posts about what bike do you [...]

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Participation in an Ethnography

ALthough Hine suggests (2000) – traditionally ethnographic research develops an understanding through participation he also suggest that one can do more as a lurker online than in real life due to a lack of physical presence. I have become a member but have yet to participate. I have however come across a barrier to too [...]

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Weight Weenies – observations and participation

Based on Hine (2000) ethnographical study needs to include participation and observation. I assume observation is fine as all postings are accessible online in a forum that people need to sign up to before being able to access all the comments, but there are no real exclusions. However to allow a more fuller understanding of [...]

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Why Weight Weenies?

I have stumbled upon the Weight Weenies website for this ethnographic study due to a discussion with friends about forums and who actually uses them. I am not an active member of any forum, firstly because I don’t have time, secondly I don’t want to put my name on the internet anymore than necessary (I [...]

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Weight Weenies – micro-ethnography

Weight Weenies. This is a community my partner lurks in. The idea of an online group of people excited about bike and component weight is fascinatingly niche and nerdy to me and provided a good opportunity for study, On first glance there is a whole discussion post on using quotes and the specific protocol one [...]

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The Ededc communty

After a mini break away from all technology – well actually from a World of technological frustrations, I am ready to start block two on micro -ethnography. I hadn’t thought of us at ededc as a community but we are and time away from you guys has left me feeling an outsider and I am [...]

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