An Ethnographer Takes a Look at the Digital Culture

By Jimmy Rogers
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

If you’ve got a little time to kill (over 55 minutes, actually), take a look at this great video by an ethnographer about the web’s participatory nature.  What is ethnography you ask?

Well, as explained to me by someone in an actual ethnography course, it’s the study of a culture or society by actually immersing one’s self into that culture.  Kind of the opposite of the objective observer, who sometimes misses the little details.  Because the principle of the web is naturally one of community, an ethnographer is very well suited to understand it.

Anyway, here’s the clip:

The man on the tape is a Dr. Michael Wesch from Kansas State University.  His blog is called Digital Ethnography and if you’re interested in this stuff, I suggest you check it out.  Thanks to Will Mueller for showing me this video.

[Digital Ethnography via ProBlogger]


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