photography of cyberspace

i-am-a-jpg.JPGI’ve been playing around with screenshots for a while now since I began to take ones myself. In terms of the organization of doing qualitative research online, a couple of months ago I decided screenshots to be one basic sort of data that I’d methodologically dig from the field. These will serve me in various regards, but the astonishing thing is–and it needed Michael Wesch presenting the next step which is videography of cyberspace to make me fully understand–that taking screenshots really is photography of cyberspace: A snapshot through the observer’s eyes and on the participant’s screen, a visual journal that assists the ethnographer’s memory and therefore the ethnographic description–just like the photography of an offline situated scenery does.  

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