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Ethnographic study: Social network sites are “virtual campfires”

After five years participant observation, anthropologist Jenny Ryan has published her masters’ thesis about the social network sites Facebook, My Space and She created a beautiful web version of her thesis at

In her thesis, she proposes that everyday involvement with these sites can be metaphorically represented as a “virtual campfire” that “bridges the gap between the place of the hearth and the space of the cosmos, potentially reversing what has been called “the disintegration of the public sphere” (Habermas 1962: 175).



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This entry was posted on November 5, 2014 by in 【Medicine & STS】 and tagged , , .
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