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 The lifestream summaries, for me, have been a chance to create the ‘story’ of the Digital Cultures module. The lifestream itself, an aggregation of feeds, was a ‘bricolage’ of content encountered and included to enhance the weekly themes of the module or a method of collecting links, articles and references for my areas of interest [...]

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The end of the module in sight and postings this week have featured arrangements for our ‘virtual’ Xmas party – the cyborg version of ‘happily ever after’, where we will all ‘dance’, ‘drink’ and socialise after our academic efforts this term.
So am I a cyborg?  I now ‘exist’ in cyberspace, I have contributed to cyberculture [...]

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Some reactions to my post-human pedagogy task which was situated in Second Life – the opportunity for experimentation and ‘gathering’ but also, as Jen suggested, the notion of role play and challenging the students’ sense of themselves as boundaried subjects, new rules of interaction etc. On a similar note, recalling that communication and interaction are vital [...]

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Moving on from the exploration of ways to explore and symbolise humans and technology to ways of encapsulating the post-human in our pedagogy, I’ve also been reading articles by Edwards and Bayne and finalising the focus of my final assignment.
My final life stream entry of the week, the post-human pedagogy task used Second Life as it’s context. [...]

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The impenetrable style of the Shields article provoked a series of tweets inviting clarification from colleagues. Being rather referential, I firstly to read Haraway and then research the term ‘flanerie’, which seemed very reminiscent of traditional cultural theorists, who felt themselves capable of observing without being part of what they observed. Interesting that the person [...]

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“A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.” (Haraway 2007)

An interesting debate with Jen as she pointed out that Haraway bases her argument within the late 80s radical feminist debate. For me this was comforting, safe ground in which [...]

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Having constructed and posted my virtual ethnography I was surprised to be the only person to choose a community in which I was both a participant and a moderator/administrator.  Did other people think objectivity might be a problem or does no-one else play both roles in an online community?  My objectivity stems from the different [...]

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Creativity doesn’t work in a vacuum – it feeds off all the experiences and ideas around the creator so encouraging students and teachers to be creative requires a stimulating environment for collaboration and discussion. My ethnography has meant that I have spent more time looking at this network than I have for a few months [...]

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What is a virtual community and how does it fit into cyberculture? As John Seely Brown (2000) remarked,
“Culture is the constant process of producing meanings for and from our social experience”
Much of our social experience in cyberspace is gained from the virtual communities we belong to. Kozinet seems to [...]

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“I’m trying to think of life streaming as ‘notes on an identity’ rather than the full manuscript.”
I wanted to develop my ‘notes’ in my visual artefact. However, using Prezi has been a bit of a challenge for me. The advice to jot down thoughts, key words and associated images as a starting point [...]

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