Digital technology permeates the physical world. Social media and virtual reality, accessed via internet capable devices – computers, smartphones, tablets and wearables – affect nearly all aspects of social life. The contributions to this volume apply innovative forms of ethnographic research to the digital realm. They examine the emergence of new forms of digital life, such as political participation through comments on East Greenlandic news blogs, the personal use of video broadcasting applications, the rise of transnational migrant networks facilitated by social media, or the effects of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on global conflicts.
This issue of the Journal of Visual and Media Anthropology consists of four articles and six short ethnographicfilms. Reflecting the expanding diversity and variety of research fields in Digital Anthropology, these works present new research topics beyond what has previously been thought of as digitalization processes. Specifically, this journal contains the topics of religion, games and play, urban mobility, community development, online dating and big data.
This issue of the Journal of Visual and Media Anthropology presents work that self-consciously experiments with innovative modes of representation, new forms of integrating written and multi-media ethnography and therefore seeks to challenge the conventions of academic publishing. Featured is fresh and timely research by young scholars from the Master’s Program in Visual and Media Anthropology at FU Berlin’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Their work is concerned with the rise of mobile technology and app culture as well as their influence on self-presentation and social relations in the digital age.
Virtual Environments and Cultures: A Collection of Social Anthropological Research in Virtual Cultures and Landscapes
This book presents a collection of ethnographic research in the virtual world of Second Life, and can be seen as an attempt to discover the challenges and limits of social anthropological research with an avatar in virtual cultures and environments. The contributions in this book demonstrate that the development of digital codes has meanwhile gone so far that anthropologists have started to conduct fieldwork inside digital user-generated worlds. This volume investigates the challenges facing a reality that is strongly and maybe irrevocably entangled with virtual reality.