[Air-L] Participant observation online: an article-length study?

Eric Meyer eric.meyer at oii.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jun 15 05:42:45 PDT 2015

When I teach digital ethnography, I find the most accessible example of well-done participant observation to be Nardi's book. Part 1 in particular talks about method in a very concrete way:

My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft 2010. Michigan: University of Michigan Press, Prolog, and chapters 1 & 2 Available online at: http://www.digitalculture.org/books/my-life-as-a-night-elf-priest

Besides being an example of Nardi's excellent and engaging work, the bonus is that students can read the book for free online.


Professor Eric T. Meyer
Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor
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Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
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Recently published:
Meyer, ET and R Schroeder. (2015). Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/knowledge-machines) 

Meyer, ET. (2015). The Expert and the Machine: Competition or Convergence? Convergance: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354856515579840)

Deetjen, U., Meyer, E.T. and Schroeder, R. (2015). Big Data for Advancing Dementia Research: An Evaluation of Data Sharing Practices in Research on Age-related Neurodegenerative Diseases. OECD Digital Economy Papers, No. 246, OECD Publishing. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5js4sbddf7jk-en)

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Dear all,

in my seminar "Methods for researching online media and media culture"
there is a session on participant observation. I have an introductory text to the method (the respective chapter from Boellstorff et al., *Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method*), but I still need an article or chapter-length study to sort of illustrate the application of the method.
Any suggestions?


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