I gave up Facebook for Lent, but perhaps a more fitting penance would have been to actually write a column a week for Savage Minds. Though I haven’t done a good job of staying on top of Around the Web, I have been saving links for weeks now. This week its all about the interwebs. To the linx!
Best of Media/Anthropology:
- John Postill has a lot to say about social networks. Like why Twitter is best as a human-mediated RSS feed.
- He’s also thrown together an annotated bibliography on researching social networks.
- Could it be that the anthropology of the internet is the second coming of culture-at-a-distance?
The digital family
- Material World explores the intertwining of family relationships and digital practices.
- Apophenia is a great blog about social media, youth and parenting.
Social media and social change
- We’ve heard about the role of Twitter and Facebook in the Middle East rebellions, has anyone seen anything connecting social media to the disaster in Japan?
- Indigenous youths in Taiwanare using social media to make their voices heard.
- Anthropology in Practice reports on tweeting from the homeless. And gamer site Kotaku reports on a video game designed to teach you about living in poverty.
The internet and religion
- Pope Benedict weighs in on social networking. In related news, the Church has approved an iPhone confession app.
- NYT reports on live-streaming of funerals for far flung families unable to travel.
Cultural diversity online
- Researchers at Carneige Mellon find that regional variation in American English is manifest in tweets.
Whither anthropology in the digital age?
- Daniel Lende, in a wide ranging post about the “science” debate in anthropology and the recent response, published in Nature, from Adam Kuper and Johnathan Marks offers up a vision of anthropology: major changes to traditions of the dissemination of knowledge – open access and blogging.
- Ethnografix has an appreciation of Lende’s post and offers an interesting idea too: how about a online anthropology publication modeled after literary magazine The Sun?
- Another model might be First Monday, a peer-reviewed online journal about the internet (h/t Material World).
- For more interesting ideas check out this recent Wednesday Round Up from Neuroanthropology which has a neat section heading on online anthropology.
Seen something around the web that you’d like to share with the Savage Minds community? Email your links to mdthomps AT odu.edu.