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5th digital ethnography reading session (Murray 2008)

November 10, 2015

By Will Balmford
Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC)
RMIT University, Melbourne

The November session of the Digital Ethnography Reading Group will take place on Wed, 11 November, from 12:00 to 13:30 in 013.01.002 (Building 13, Level 1, Room 2), RMIT city campus, Melbourne.

This time we will be discussing Susan Murray’s study of the image hosting/sharing site Flickr:

Murray, S. (2008). Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics. Journal of Visual Culture, 7(2), 147–163. doi:10.1177/1470412908091935

In her article Murray discusses shifts in the “social use” of photography based on her analysis of Flickr. While the image sharing field has grown/expanded since 2008 (what’s Flickr you ask?), the article has salience.

Points of interest to facilitate the discussion:

  • What do we think of the approach to the article?
  • What do we learn / not learn about the research Murray has conducted?
  • How does analysing the ‘social network software’ of Flickr relate to digital ethnography (distributed agency, affordances)?
  • How is visual data embedded/analysed/discussed in the article?
  • How does ‘aesthetics’ come into play?
  • How can seeing through theoretical lenses be complicating/helpful?
  • How to find balance?

Thanks to our DERC visiting PhD candidate from the University of Vienna, Maria Schreiber, for her reading recommendation and discussion points.

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