Social interaction and online anthropology.
In an interview of six anthropologists at antropologi.info , I'm quoted as saying that there exists alternative realities on the web which youngsters and children adapt to and adopt as "theirs", in new and imaginative ways. Now, the discussion on Face-to-face vs. online communication which has evolved as a result of the interview mentioned at savageminds is an excellent example of how online discussions within the discipline creates opportunities for a broader, more dynamic discourse on the subject. Rather than limiting it to a small subscribing audience (in a magazine or a periodical) or to an opulent clique of seminar paricipants in some high prestige university, it now opens for a discussion where people who actually work online can bring their personal and professional experiences on the matter.
As for the discreet critique (scroll to comment 18) by orange of my definition of online realities being solely alternative realities, and thus being without connections to the "real" -
I believe - of course - that these social spheres are linked to peoples everyday lives; in fact, I believe that they are social scenes equal to any other - be it the work scene, the clubbing scene or the shopping scene (much discussed in the comments of the discussion at savage minds, and in itself an area where online and F2F-communication goes hand in hand). To classify one type of communication as more important for social bonding than another - as some seem to prefer when attempting to outline the differences between them.
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