[Air-l] key terms/concepts for understanding the web

Ildiko Kaposi pphkai01 at phd.ceu.hu
Fri Jan 31 08:13:17 PST 2003

Yes, probably this is a question we need to ask ourselves. The
temptation to makeshift theorise and sell these ideas as new insight can
be strong, and I've seen it done (not by AoIR members, of course :)
Something for the ethical guidelines maybe?

>>> radhika at cyberdiva.org 01/31/03 12:24 PM >>>
the question also is are we "revamping" and if that is indeed what we
doing, and just adding on a prefix of cyber -

Are we examining the specificities and complexities of what happens when

its cyber-something....

or just doing makeshift terms and theorizing so we can move with our 
academic merit sheets.

my 2 cents.


At 07:49 AM 1/31/2003 +0000, you wrote:
> >Some of the responses made me think though. Isn't it perhaps a
>explanatory strategy for internet research to revamp old concepts by
>attaching the prefixes cyber-, virtual, digital, or e- to them?
>I know these were not dominating the suggestions, but they kept popping
>mixing with concepts like interactivity.
>And I could be totally wrong, so feel free to vivisect me.<
>first thought - don't we continually revamp old concepts anyway  - the
>in which we experience things is constantly changing?
>second thoughts - adding cyber, digital etc to old concepts and
>them in new ways makes the internet familiar, and allows us to
>things (and explain them) in terms of our everyday lives
>just two thoughts from a social anthropologist who is also a
>Denise Maia Carter,
>School of Comparative and Applied Social Science,
>University of Hull, UK
>denisecarter at denisecarter.net
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>Air-l at aoir.org

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