One for the bookworms. Any books or articles on Internet ethnography that you have loved/hated? Anything you're reading right now? Anything you've written? Any works of fiction that take us to new places..?! Any books you've read that aren't directly related to Internet ethnography but might be of interest/provide a new angle? Share them here!
Here are some of the recommendations that appear elsewhere on the page gathered together in one place!
"Many were engaged in deeply immersive, social experiences in a virtual space. Their physical presence in the café became muted and hollow. These social experiences were frustratingly difficult for me to observe as a researcher, materialized primarily as scrolling text in a small window..."
From: Burrell, J., 2009. ‘The Field Site as a Network: A Strategy for Locating Ethnographic Research’ [online]. London: Sage. Available from: http://fmx.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/2/181, p.188
At the moment I'm reading Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method by Boellstorff, Nardi, Pearce, and Taylor. It's worth a look.
worth a look because ...? I am also interested in this area.
Thanks for your question! It's a handbook so it's pretty good for anyone looking for practical advice. The editor, Tom Boellstorff, is author of a famous ethnography of a virtual world Coming of Age in Second Life and is respected in this field so it's cool to read his thoughts. He also makes a good case for why ethnography is important for understanding online activity at the beginning of the book, which I thought was interesting to read.