Week nine summary

This last week, I was responding to the ethnographies of the group, and those from the group. I have screen captured the responses as below:






The varied routes and presentation of the ethnography show how this course has allowed the freedom to explore one single topic.  The study of the internet communities has been an extremely interesting process for me and it is evident from the reviews and post of others, as a group we have found this a very useful methodology to uncover the definition of communities.

The process of which the ethnographer becomes part of the object of study is interesting.  It becomes a journey unique to each person, and the learning process is more meaningful.

Moving on to the reading for week 9 was a challenge.

Reading and rereading of Haraway, starting with Pickering then moved on the Hayles. The posts this week  reflect the frustration.  I have noted some interpretation and questions about the articles which I am hoping will be clarified as I move on to week ten.

The skype chat session clarified for me some questions I still had about posthumanism but not enough.  I have posted a lecture by Haraway, From Cyborgs to Companion Species, which I hoped will help understand her work.

I was also trying to catch up on the group’s post, but have not been able to respond till I have grasped what posthumanism really is.


Haraway, D. (2000). A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late 20th Century. in D Bell and A Kennedy, The Cybercultures Reader. Routledge.

Hayles, N.K. (1999). Toward embodied virtuality, chapter 1 of How we became posthuman: virtual bodies in cybernetics, literature and informatics. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. pp1-25

Pickering, A. (2005). Asian eels and global warming: a posthumanist perspective on society and the environmentEthics and the Environment, 10(2), 29-43.

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