Archive for September 2013

The Sociology of Gossip

In this video from TEDxVancouver Elaine Lui, writer of a popular celebrity gossip blog, talks about what exactly ‘gossip’ is and why people care. She makes an interesting case about the complexity of the ecosystem surrounding modern celebrity. What’s perhaps… Read More ›

Are you a fox or a hedgehog?

There’s a wonderful section of one of the posts we just linked to about the dangers of academic blogging which discusses the way different intellectual personalities approach academic blogging. The post makes an important (and personally quite sobering given how clearly… Read More ›

Is virtual ethnography an oxymoron?

Attempts to conceptualise the sociological study of behaviour  on the Web often involve juxtaposing the words ‘virtual’ or ‘digital’ to ‘ethnography’ or blend ‘ethnography’ with  ‘Internet’ to create ‘netnography’. Rightly or wrongly ethnography for me connotes old school anthropology –… Read More ›