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The Truth About Deception Online : The growing popularity of online dating Anthropology in Practice

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The growing popularity of online dating

The dating scene has been changing over the last decade. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005. Additionally, 42% of Americans know someone who has used an online dating site or app, an increase of 11% from 2005, and 29% of Americans know someone who has met their partner through this medium, compared with 15% who made this claim in 2005.

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"Fifty shades of green": Bruno Latour on the ecomodernist manifesto

"Fifty shades of green": Bruno Latour on the ecomodernist manifesto | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
*by Bruno Latour* Presentation to the panel on modernism at the Breakthrough Dialogue, Sausalito, June 2015 Wake up you ecomoderns, we are in the Anthropocene, not in the Holocene, nor are we to ev...
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The Algorithmic Society and the Birth of Religion

The Algorithmic Society and the Birth of Religion | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Algorithms increasingly guide our daily life: Google’s ranking algorithm pretty much decides which pages we visit, and therefore which information we access; Amazon’s algorithm influences which books we read; dating algorithms decide your sexual life and possibly your marriage; the smartphone’s navigation algorithm decides which streets we take; Yelp’s algorithm decides where we eat (and it is a simple average!)

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The Interdisciplinary Challenge of Social Media and the Need for Digital Social Ontology

The Interdisciplinary Challenge of Social Media and the Need for Digital Social Ontology | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Another extract from the excellent The Culture of Connectivity which eloquently expresses why I think Digital Social Ontology is necessary, even if the author doesn't use such a term herself: One o...
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The interaction between culture and nature in behaviour of chimpanzees

The interaction between culture and nature in behaviour of chimpanzees | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Psychologist Edwin van Leeuwen studies the interaction between culture and nature in behaviour of chimpanzees. How much of this behaviour is genetic and how much is learned? And what does this teach us about human nature and culture? On 16 June, Van Leeuwen will obtain his PhD from Radboud University ...
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Into, out of, and across the Eurasian steppe

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Into, out of, and across the Eurasian steppe | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it

A new paper in Nature adds to the earlier study in the same journal by presenting data from 101 ancient Eurasians. The year is not yet halfway over, but it seems that the ancient DNA field is moving towards a new norm of studying dozens of individuals at a time and comprehensively tackling the "big problems" that have vexed archaeologists, linguists, and historians for decades if not centuries. 

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Poverty porn and fundraising

Poverty porn and fundraising | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
If you want to raise money for international development you will eventually encounter a dilemma.  You want potential donors to be interested in their fellow human beings and to feel a connection w...
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La AECID financia a una empresa acusada de apropiación de tierras en la RD del Congo | Periódico Diagonal

Un informe realizado por cuatro ONG denuncia que varias agencias estatales de cooperación, entre las que se encuentra la Agencia Española, están financiando a la empresa agrícola canadiense Feronia Inc. acusada de apropiación de tierras y abusos de derechos humanos en la República Democrática del Congo (RDC).
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The social significance of the Facebook Like button

In this paper we study social aspects of using the Like button for purposes of impression management, identity construction, and maintenance of social ties online.
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Social construction of knowledge in Wikipedia

This paper investigates how knowledge is constructed collaboratively in a crowd-sourced environment.
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Academic peer pressure in social media: Experiences from the heavy, the targeted and the restricted user

The degree of social media uptake in research practice differs greatly, across and within disciplines.
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The Argument for Teaching Computer Science Without Computers

The Argument for Teaching Computer Science Without Computers | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Computing is a way of thinking, not of coding.
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Quantum Computers Cyborg Anthropology

Quantum Computers Cyborg Anthropology | Future technology | BBC Science Documentary. Science Documentary: Nanotechnology,Quantum Computers, ...
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A Cultural Anthropology of Illness: How Words Can Make You Sick

A Cultural Anthropology of Illness: How Words Can Make You Sick | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
What would happen if physicians transitioned from mechanics who repair the body to teachers who explore the causes of health, and from mental health practitioners who treat psychopathology to guides w
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What is Ethnography? Teaching ethnographic sensibilities without fieldwork | McGranahan | Teaching Anthropology

How do we teach undergraduate students to think ethnographically, to recognize something as ethnographic and not just as qualitative? Importantly, how do we do so not in the field, where students might learn by doing their own research, but in the static classroom? One approach is to have students cultivate a concept, awareness, and practice of an ethnographic sensibility, that is, of a sense of the ethnographic as the lived expectations, complexities, contradictions, possibilities, and ground of any given cultural group. Such a view opens up an understanding of ethnography and ethnographic research as more than available qualitative methods. Instead, it takes an ethnographic approach to be an epistemological one. Yet, how might we do this? In this article, I discuss my pedagogical strategies for teaching students an ethnographic sensibility without having them conduct fieldwork. I argue that it is both possible and valuable to generate an ethnographic sensibility in the classroom. 

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Lessons on #GeekAnthropology

Lessons on #GeekAnthropology | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Welcome to lessons on Geek Anthropology, a new section in dePepi. You will find it here on every first and third Tuesday of the month. In this section we'll learn about 'Geek Anthropology,' aka 'Geek Studies.' We'll take a look not only to all things geek and fandom, but also to some anthropology terminology and ways of taking a look at pop culture. We'll take a look at the realm of Geekdom from anthropological eyes, but we won't be extremely academic (just a bit) so that it is accessible to all
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Poverty as a Tourist Attraction

Poverty as a Tourist Attraction | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
Many Westerners treat communities receiving help as passive, and organizations tend to center the experience around their volunteers' quests for saviordom.
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Embracing Digital Transformation

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Thomas A. Bryner, World-wide Social Business SWAT Team, IBM   'Cyberconnecting and its "three lenses" closes a crucial intellectual gap about collaboration. It’s a thought-provoking work on...
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Impact in Sexualities and Queer Research: One day event in Leeds

Impact in Sexualities and Queer Research: One day event in Leeds | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
IMPACT IN SEXUALITIES AND QUEER RESEARCH Sponsored by the Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Citizenship & Belonging Research Cluster, University of Leeds Date and time: 8 September 2015, 10 AM –...
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Use of Twitter among Spanish communication-area faculty: Research, teaching and visibility

The relationship of social media and undergraduate students has been widely analyzed but studies regarding faculty’s point of view are scarce. This study explores the use of Twitter in Spanish communication-area faculty members.
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E-books: Histories, trajectories, futures

This essay traces the historical trajectory of e-books in the U.S. and imagines their possible futures. Legal, economic, and technical developments that led to contemporary e-books reveal a tension between commercial and non-commercial programming.
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Anthropology and open access book reviews: new and old projects

Anthropology and open access book reviews: new and old projects | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
The AAA recently unveiled its new open access book review forum  the ‘Anthropology Book Forum’ (ABF) today. It’s an interesting project that has lots of positive things going for it: It’s open access, and the goal is to get book reviews out quickly.
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Anthropologists do well in movies, indigenous peoples not so much

In a recent study, of the 53 films watched that had at least one anthropologist as a character, just under half belonged to the horror genre. Why should that be the case? And how were indigenous peoples in those films portrayed?
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Essay of the Day: Ethnography of a Humanitarian Hacking Community | P2P Foundation

Essay of the Day: Ethnography of a Humanitarian Hacking Community | P2P Foundation | Anthropology, communication & technology | Scoop.it
* Article: The Ethic of the Code: An Ethnography of a ‘Humanitarian Hacking’ Community. By Douglas Haywood. Journal of Peer Production, Issue 3, July 2013 From the Abstract: “Hackers and computer hacking have become important narratives in academia and popular media. These discussions have frequently portrayed hackers as deviant, framing them ethnocentrically within North Atlantic …
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