Cutting though the exaggerated and fanciful beliefs about the new possibilities of "net life", Hine produces a distinctive understanding of the significance of the Internet and addresses such questions as: what challenges do the new technologies of communication pose for research methods? Does the Internet force us to rethink traditional categories of "culture" and "society?"
In this compelling and thoughtful book, Hine shows that the Internet is both a site for cultural formations and a cultural artifact which is shaped by people's understandings and expectations.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Ludi_Ling - LibraryThing
An excellent review of ethnographic research methods in the social and information sciences. My only gripe is that it is rather out-of-date now, and it focuses on email and IRC as data collecting ... Read full review