[Air-l] mtg. Wednesday...apologies to list

Greg Elmer gelmer at ryerson.ca
Tue Feb 27 06:39:04 PST 2007


sorry, slip of the mouse... /GE

Greg Elmer, PhD
Bell Globemedia Research Chair
Director, Infoscape Research Lab, www.infoscapelab.ca
Rogers Communications Centre/School of Radio-TV Arts 
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario
Canada      M5B 2K3

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Space and Culture: An International Journal of Social Spaces
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----- Original Message -----
From: Greg Elmer <gelmer at ryerson.ca>
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:38 am
Subject: [Air-l] mtg. Wednesday
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org

> Do you have something for me to read over for Wednesday? Do you 
> still want to meet?
> -Greg
> 
> Greg Elmer, PhD
> Bell Globemedia Research Chair
> Director, Infoscape Research Lab, www.infoscapelab.ca
> Rogers Communications Centre/School of Radio-TV Arts 
> Ryerson University
> 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario
> Canada      M5B 2K3
> 
> 416-979-5282
> _______________________________________________
> Co-Editor, 
> Space and Culture: An International Journal of Social Spaces
> http://www.carleton.ca/space/
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Yukari Seko <yukaseko at yorku.ca>
> Date: Thursday, January 18, 2007 2:02 am
> Subject: Re: [Air-l] Japanese suicide reference
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> 
> > Dear Dr. Chris,
> > 
> > I cannot help but replying you since it is the very topic I am 
> > currently working
> > on for my master's thesis!!
> > 
> > Since the first online suicide was "scooped" by Mainichi news 
> paper 
> > in December
> > 2002, several group suicides have been reported by the media and 
> > graduallyknown as "Net Shinju (Net Group Suicide)"
> > The biggest case was happened in October 2004 in which 7 people 
> who 
> > only met on
> > a suicide-related discussion board took their life together.
> > 
> > The followings are English article featuring on the incident;
> > http://english.aljazeera.net/news/archive/archive?ArchiveId=7207
> > http://www.pimejapan.com/society/articolo_13102004a.htm
> > 
> > Since I used to work with the journalist Tetsuya Shibui reported 
> in 
> > thesearticles, I personally knew some of those who committed 
> online 
> > suicides through
> > him. Shibui's ethnographical works on Net group suicide are (albeit
> > journalistic) the best resources for this issue. Unfortunately, 
> > Englishtranslation of his books are yet unavailable, but I'm 
> using 
> > the followings for
> > my thesis by translating them;
> > 
> > Shibui, T. (2005). Net Group Suicide: Why "Maria" Chose to Die.
> > Tokyo;Shinkigen-sha
> > --------(2004). Net Group Suicide. Tokyo;NHK publications
> > 
> > However, I personally disagree with the perspective that online 
> > suicide appears
> > to be "a frightening increase in the number of group suicides 
> > arranged over the
> > Internet through chat rooms dedicated to discussing suicide."  
> > Apparentlyvigorous documentations in the media have informed 
> > suicidal people a less
> > violent way of killing themselves (death of carbon monoxide with 
> > charcoalburners) and brought several copy-cat cases, but in some 
> > occasions, the same
> > online interactions help suicidal people to change their mind. 
> This 
> > type of
> > grass-roots support is something absent from their offline life. 
> > Although the
> > number of online suicides is quite small, suicide-related 
> websites are
> > increasingly removed from webspace. The growing regulation of 
> suicidal> discourses in Japanese cyberspace is what I want to 
> investigate in 
> > next few
> > years...
> > 
> > Hope it helps,
> > 
> > Yukari Seko
> > 
> > -- 
> > M.A. candidate
> > Joint Programme in Communication and Culture Studies
> > Between York/Ryerson Universities
> > Comcult GSA Webmaster (York)
> > http://www.yorku.ca/cocugsa/
> > yukaseko at yorku.ca
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