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Welcome to the Comm 151i Inquiry in Internet Communication wiki.

Spring 2012

 

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The issue is not that the internet is a challenge to ethnography because it transgresses spatial boundaries, but that the boundary of any study will, to a degree, be defined arbitrarily.

     - Mackay (in Hine, p. 134)


Welcome Video

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Class Bulletins (updated 3/13):

 

Deadline Extension: Literature and Research Design due NO LATER than noon Friday March 16

 

The Hine text is available as an eBook from the SJSU library:

Go here: http://catalog.sjlibrary.org/record=b3664989

 

Here is a link to the new draft of the proposed revision of the Ethics Guidelines for Online Research for the Association of Internet Researchers : http://aoirethics.ijire.net/

 

 

Pew Internet and American Life Reports

 

Search and email remain the top online activities

 

Search and email remain the two online activities that are nearly universal among adult internet users, as 92% of online adults use search engines to find information on the Web, and a similar number (92%) use email.

 

Americans and their cell phones: The joys and woes of mobile life

Mobile phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information seeking and communicating—83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone—and these devices have an impact on many aspects of their owners’ daily lives:

       • Half of all adult cell owners (51%) had used their phone at least once to get information they needed right away. One quarter (27%) said that they experienced a

         situation in the previous month in which they had trouble doing something because they did not have their phone at hand.

  • 40% of cell owners said they found themselves in an emergency situation in which having their phone with them helped.
  • 42% of cell owners used their phone for entertainment when they were bored.
  • 29% of cell owners turned their phone off for a period of time just to get a break from using it.
  • 20% of cell owners experienced frustration because their phone was taking too long to download something; 16% had difficulty reading something on their phone because the screen was too small; and 10% had difficulty entering a lot of text on their phone.
  • 13% of cell owners pretended to be using their phone in order to avoid interacting with the people around them.

Text messaging and picture taking continue to top the list of ways that Americans use their mobile phones—three quarters of all cell owners (73%) use their phones for each of these purposes. Other relatively common activities include sending photos or videos to others (54% of cell owners do this) as well as accessing the internet (44%).

One third of American adults (35%) own a smartphone of some kind , and these users take advantage of a wide range of their phones’ capabilities. Fully nine in ten smartphone owners use text messaging or take pictures with their phones, while eight in ten use their phone to go online or send photos or videos to others. Many activities—such as downloading apps, watching videos, accessing social networking sites or posting multimedia content online—are almost entirely confined to the smartphone population.

 

Check out: http://www.touchgraph.com TouchGraph Google Browser reveals the network of connectivity between websites, as reported by Google's database of related sites.

 

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Map/Guide to Course Resources

Please see the orientation video below and the Orientation Workshop page for details.

 

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Primary communication for this course is through the course Google Groups listserv.  This is how I will send course information to you. Once you email me I will sign you up.

 

You can also make an appointment to see me during office hours (Th 1:30-3:00).

 

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