I’ve spent some time the last few days reading through the contents of the blog from the beginning to the present. I’ve listed some common themes I see emerging as well as blog posts and questions that relate to those themes (Minna: feel free to edit or add more!). The major gap from this summary is a synthesis of the wonderfully rich discussions by Fordham students related to a few of the posts.

Cluster 1. Digital time / digital addiction / the digital in everyday life.

Blog posts:

Digital Natives Surveyed
Internet Addiction
A digital family / digital individuals
The Paper Book is Dead?
Tech as Identity
Digital Living Time
Effects?
Digital Time / Fast Time
Digital Diet / Digital Fast

Related questions:

What does ‘internet addiction’ look like? How much is too much? What role do digital devices play in family life; how do they affect it? How do the analog and digital communication worlds intersect? What role does technology play in identity? Are you cool or un-cool if you carry an iPad? How is time organized in daily life and family life? What aspects are governed by “digital time” vs. by other parameters like the rhythm of night and day and the seasons? How could film – a time-based medium – be used to study and represent digital time? How do you feel when you aren’t connected? When is it okay (and not) to turn-off, to be unconnected? What is the nature of ‘digital time’? Is it always faster? What happens if/when we choose not to participate in digital time?

Cluster 2. Participation / where and who you are in the world and if or how you (can) participate online / Privacy.

Blog posts:

Participation and Social Media: This is What the Latest Trend Analysts Claim
Participating Digitally: Connecting People or Tearing Us Apart?
digital privacy: great article in the economist
“Internet Is a Scary Place”
The Machine is Us/ing Us
Participation, Networks, and Politics
A Scale of Value in Participation
That Chaos Scenario
Nuances of Participation
The Web in Translation
Digital Media Industries in Our Everyday Lives
Digital Challenges?

Related questions:

The digital environment is technically border-less, but do border exist? What role does language play in that (ex: the English language)? Do culturally specific concepts of privacy exist in the digital realm? Can ICTs affect things so fundamental to our everyday experience and our understanding of where and who we are in the world? How so? Can they affect our perception of proximity, distance and time? To what extent? What would people’s memory-maps of navigation or ‘maps’ of participation look like of the virtual world? How does the internet challenge and change global North-South communication flows and patterns (or not)? What is it like to navigate the web in another language and culture?


Cluster 3. Media scholarship / methods / micro and macro views / ethnography.

Blog posts:

Digital Living? Digital Living! INTRO to Project
Micro, Macro and Users Like Us
Media Anthropology?
Digital Living – ja sama suomeksi
Blogging as engaged scholarship, in teaching too

Related questions:

How can ethnography (micro views, user POVs) help us to understand the role of the digital in everyday life? What is the level of our ‘otherness’ vis-a-vis the USA, Finland, India? How do we study the ‘everyday of everyday people’?

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