Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Review: What might an anthropology of the internet look like 不過可惜是用類比跟演化論的角度去談網路 當用類比去談網路的時候 會因為網路的確是具有某些性質,如溝通與交談,發現他與之前的差異,如非face-to-face,而認為這是網路的特質 而忽略了當大量的非face-to-face交談與流言在網路流傳時,這些文字就不是溝通與交談,而是某種真實(請到哲學系)與事實(請到考古系) 下面的這段如果是用David Harvey的時空縮短來講 會比用virtual更能貼近網路的影響 因為virtual已經是真實了 支付寶/阿里巴巴的線上平台的存在沒有比實體貨幣弱於交易特性 而且家戶/creole society是否適用於此,還是需要他進一步說明的 Daniel Miller and Don Slater have good news for traditional ethnographers: the internet does not make any difference. In The Internet: an ethnographic approach, their fieldwork-based monograph on Trinidad, they rightly argue that cyberspace should not be treated as a separate sphere of social activity; but, instead of exploring the dialectic of virtual and real experience, they reduce the former to the latter, claiming that what matters is the location of internet users in everyday life, where they can be studied by ethnographers, of course. This leads them to ignore business-to-business exchange (b2b) altogether and to approach e-commerce solely through business-customer interaction on websites. In order to generalize from a small sample of households, they assert the unity of ‘Trinidadians’ as a national group in defiance of fifty years debate about the racial and class composition of creole society. So the old Malinowskian recipe appears to be alive and well in the insular Caribbean. But there has to be more to it than that.

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