Anthropology of Social Media

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Facebook is Commercialising our Human...

Following all the recent interest in Facebook engendered by the revelation of the misuse of users’ personal data (though all the indicators have been around for a while, for example in a very interesting article from January 2017: The Data That Turned the World Upside Down), I was asked by Lens at Monash University to […]

Your Sample Is Not Random

When collecting data on what people do, you need to communicate with them (unless you are doing observation only), and you need some system for deciding who you will select for communicating with (i.e. interviewing, online survey, etc.). These people you select are your sample. A truly random sample means that everyone within a pool […]

Celebrity Studies Conference Presenta...

I presented some of my ongoing research in July at the Celebrity Studies Conference in Amsterdam. Microcelebrity and Parenting in Malaysia from Julian Hopkins Abstract Lifestyle blogging has become an established part of the Malaysian internet, and these ‘microcelebrities’ (Senft 2012) develop parasocial relations through the interactive affordances of social media, leveraging authenticity through a carefully […]

CURIOSITY casting shadows on the rocks, sand, pebbles and dirt. but is it Earth over which the shadows lengthen through the sol? it’s curious how it’s the same Sun on Mars warming the earth and the rocky plains, with half an hour and seven minutes to spare.

Flashpacking – Travelling with ...

Last year I went to Sri Lanka for a short visit. It was the first time I had been travelling by myself since I went to Laos in 2008. When I was much younger, I went backpacking in India and I used to hitchhike quite a lot around Europe.  I would go off, and be […]