Ethnographic Approaches to the Internet and Computer-Mediated Communication

  title={Ethnographic Approaches to the Internet and Computer-Mediated Communication},
  author={A. Garcia and Alecea Standlee and Jennifer Bechkoff and Yan Cui},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Ethnography},
  pages={52 - 84}
In this article we review ethnographic research on the Internet and computer-mediated communication. The technologically mediated environment prevents researchers from directly observing research participants and often makes the interaction anonymous. In addition, in the online environment direct interaction with participants is replaced by computer-screen data that are largely textual, but may include combinations of textual, visual, aural, and kinetic components. We show how the online… Expand
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