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Life Online: Researching Real Experience In Virtual Space (Ethnographic Alternatives #6)

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Alienating for some, yet most intimate and real for others, emerging communications technologies are creating a varied array of cyberspace experiences. Nowhere are the new and old more intertwined, as familiar narratives of the past and radical visions of the future inform our attempts to assess the impact of cyberspace on self and society. Amidst the dizzying pace of tech ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published October 7th 1998 by Altamira Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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John Carter McKnight
This was an interesting work to read late in my studies. It's quite early - 1997 - and very different from the endless MUD ethnographies of the period. Markham sets out to learn about MUDders from structured interviews, and through the process comes to a fascinating set of insights about ethnographic work.

This short book would have benefited from a Part 2, showing lessons learned in practice, through more participatory work, but on its own it's quite an interesting little meditation on methodol
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