[Air-l] social class and online community, cont.(for Bonnie Nardi)
nardi at ics.uci.edu
Mon Jan 8 15:14:12 PST 2007
Thanks for your work on this remarkable art form. I had never heard of
it. I enjoyed the pictures and the whole idea.
Do any of your publications deal directly with social class?
I certainly will cite the work as an interesting expressive use of the
On Jan 7, 2007, at 12:36 PM, Brenda Danet wrote:
> Hi Bonnie:
> I studied two online groups on IRC populated almost entirely by
> working class people. This was not a study comparing groups of
> differing social classes, but rather, case studies initially of two
> quite similar groups (one had spintered off from the other), and
> later on, a more extended study of one of the groups. Both groups
> communicate(d) mainly via text-based images, not words. Typical
> occupations of ops (IRC operators, who run the channels), include:
> truck driver, waitress, house cleaner, hardware salesman, etc. I
> learned of these occupations and others from online interviews with
> There is a chapter in my book Cyberpl at y: Communicating Online (Berg,
> Oxford, 2001) about these groups. The text and illustrations for this
> chapter are all online as the sample chapter, in the portion of my
> website devoted to Cyberpl at y. Go to
> http://pluto.mscc.huji.ac.il/~msdanet/cyberpl@y/sitemap.html and
> click on "sample chapter."
> Since the publication of Cyberpl at y, I have published three more
> recent papers about one of the two groups, called "rainbow." (The
> other group no longer exists.)
> "Pixel Patchwork: 'Quilting in Time'
> The Journal of Cloth & Culture 1 (2), 2003: 118-143.
> version, text only.
> "'If You Have a Lot of Clutter It Messes Up the Popup:' The Pursuit
> of Good Gestalts in an Online Folk Art,"
> The Journal of Cloth & Culture, special issue on "Digital Textiles
> 1," Janis Jefferies, editor, 2 (3) 2004: 226-255.
> "Ritualized Play, Art and Communication on Internet Relay Chat." In
> Eric Rothenbuhler and Mihai Coman, eds., Media Anthropology (2005),
> pp. 229-246. Thousand Oaks, CA:
> Pre-publication version.
> See also the rainbow website: http://www.mirc-rainbow.net/.
> Remarkably, this group, which was founded in May 1997, is apparently
> still going strong after nearly 10 years, despite a fair amount of
> If you want to know more about rainbow people, their social
> background, and what keeps them coming back to the channel, feel free
> to contact me privately.
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Bonnie A. Nardi
School of Information and Computer Sciences
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3425
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