Digital Ethnography

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Digital Issue Mapping

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Issue mapping is a concept to study the social connections made when actors interact and create bonds. It asks how a matter of “fact” becomes a matter of “concern” when connections are made, and can be an especially fruitful way to study online culture and phenomena.

Actor-Network Theory (ANT)

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Actor-Network Theory is a theoretical and methodological approach that sees all social phenomena as the product of network interactions. It is unique in that it recognizes both objects and technologies as network nodes equal with human actants.

Conlang: Fictional Languages and Online Communities

Article
Beau Swierstra
15/10/2020
12 minutes to read

Conlangs are getting more popular, especially because of the popularity of series like Game of Thrones. In shows, constructed languages are an important factor to create a storyworld. But fans speak conlangs also in reallife communities.

An Instagram feed shows an alert about coronavirus, followed by a post that reads "we will feel alive again"

Memeing under Covid-19: On the phatic internet and collectivity

Article
Lucie Chateau
07/05/2020
16 minutes to read

This article looks at how our online communication practices have changed under the Covid-19 crisis. It looks at collective memeing, text chains and Boomer Images to reflect on what connections are being made in these extraordinary times.

Hashtag activism in the online-offline continuum

Hashtag tactics: Algorithmic activism in Chile

Column
Juan Eduardo Bonnin
09/03/2020
7 minutes to read

Algorithmic activism requires handcrafted tactics to reinforce the online-offline continuum of political actions. We can see it at work in the first week of protests in Chile.

How to become an e-girl on TikTok

Article
HONG HU
27/07/2020
9 minutes to read

This article examines TikTok "e-girls" as an online phenomenon. We examine what kind of posts e-girls make on the medium constructing their identity, and how this identity can be assumed by users who do not identify as part of the e-girl community.

Marginalization within the natural hair community

Article
Destiny Ursula
24/02/2020
12 minutes to read

The natural hair community has expanded massively over the past 20 years since the movement started in the US. Recently, however, individuals within the community have stared to marginalize certain hair textures, styles and lengths. 

Reddit users asshole judgments

r/AmItheAsshole: How redditors cooperate to become better people

Article
Simon Moser
17/06/2020
16 minutes to read

In a world full of conflict and assholes, a digitally-versed ensemble of frustrated moral philosophers offers to provide free yet sincere judgment on past or upcoming choices. This article presents how the subreddit r/AmItheAsshole operates.