Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.

Weaving Trickster: Myth and Tribal Encounters on the World Wide Web

Weaving trickster: Myth and tribal encounters on the world wide web
AnitaHammer

Cyberspace is a “space” that, according to deconstructive theorists (Haraway, 1991, 1997; Stone, 1992, 1996), is changing not only the way people communicate on an everyday level but changing human identity itself. “Digital culture” has been posited by postmodern theorists as exemplifying and underlining the postmodern notion of fragmented and decentred human selves. This is part of an overall postmodern worldview of technology and technological reproduction as catalysts for a new turn of the human mind from the centred to the noncentred, from representation to simulacra, from boundaries of body to transgressed boundaries via technology. This postmodern view of technology is dominant in the ...

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