Category: "technology"


Exploring the honor culture of social media

How can businesses profit from social media? How does social media challenge what is regarded as "value" in the business world? Anthropologist Lene Pettersen discusses these and other questions in her paper "The impact of social media for business". L… more »


  19:31:26, by admin   . Categories: technology, Europe, media, cyberanthropology, internet

Digital Anthropology Report: Attitudes to technology = basis of future class divides

How do people in Britain use the internet? How do they behave online? The new Digital Anthropology Report. The Six Tribes of Homo Digitalis gives some answers. The British communication company Talk Talk sent researchers from the University of Kent i… more »


Dissertation: Why kids embrace Facebook and MySpace

After 30 months ethnographic fieldwork on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites, danah boyd has finally completed her PhD-thesis and put it online. Although she is no anthropologist, she seems to have worked like an anthropologist. Her thes… more »


How electricity changes daily life in Zanzibar - Interview with anthropologist Tanja Winther

How does everyday life change when electricity becomes available to people in a village in Zanzibar, East Africa, for the first time? Anthropologist Tanja Winther answers this question in her new book The Impact of Electricity. Development, Desires and D… more »


Ethnographic Study: Social Websites Important For Childhood Development

Many adults worry that children are wasting time online, texting, or playing video games. In the first in-depth ethnographic study of its kind, researchers of the Digital Youth Project found that the digital world is creating new opportunities for youth… more »


  16:36:59, by admin   . Categories: technology, development empowerment, applied anthropology

Development anthropology via the mobile phone

With mobile banking taking off around much of the developing world, how long will it be before international aid is delivered electronically, asks anthropologist Ken Banks in PC World. Banks is the founder of kiwanja, an organisation, that helps non… more »


  21:39:51, by admin   . Categories: technology, Northern America

Fieldwork reveals how slot machines are exploiting people

In November, a referendum on the legalizing of slot machines in Maryland will be held. In the Washington Post, anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll tells us how slot machines are exploiting people. Natasha Dow Schüll has been on fieldwork in Las Vegas a… more »


Motorola anthropologists develop social TV

Some years ago, the researchers observed how people talked on the phone while watching the same TV show. Now Motorola-anthropologist Crysta Metcalf and her team are designing a Social TV, the Chicago Tribune reports. The researchers designed a prototy… more »

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