Re: Playground monitors: A Researcg Agenda?

Mr. E (jackechs@EROLS.COM)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 22:30:05 -0500

At 10:11 PM 02/12/96 -0500, Antoinette Errante wrote:
>Now, I am in the throes of a content analysis I promised to let the list
>know about (Ethnograph and Conc) so surfing my many lists gives me some
>relief from the tedium.
>But it occurred to me that I am finding more and more that the internet has
>become the academic's (or at least MY ) version of People magazine or the
>Ricky Lake show (Daryl Barnett seems to make a similar argument in an
>earlier post).
>So, dear Anthro-l colleagues. You are not alone. The hisotirans,
>theologians, librarians, africanists are all bickering too. Here's my
>Is anyone out there studying the development of internet culture? Is there
>something about it that lends to this kind of behavior? I don't mean to
>suugest that name-calling/flaming/lost tempers never happen in person
>(we've all been to conferences and the like) but is internent behavior more
>like driving a car than it is conversing around a roundtable with
>colleagues. I must confess I myself rediscover my neopolitan roots
>(language and gestures) while driving where I am normally a fairly
>civilized and mild-mannered person.
>Anyone care to metaflame? =)

I couldn't agree with you more ... on one list it's the Communications
Decency Act, anti-Semitism of Dorothy L. Sayers (over now), censorship,
abortion, personal posts, what is nettiquette, etc. Almost the same choice
of names as you listed. I can think of the names at the moment, but I have
seen a couple of articles on internet culture that I believe were written by
anthropoligists, sociologists, psych ... well wasn't written by a
professional journalist.
thank you for your time and space ... respectfully submitted,

Anthony Dean Dauer

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