In this paper, I will aim to describe a webnography-based approach toexploring issues of the authenticity of being in online spaces. Early studiesheld the prevailing view that online communities were exotic places andfundamentally different to the norms of everyday communication, but theissue of authenticity still demands enquiry, and using Heidegger's categoriesof angst and resoluteness as moods of authentic existence, it will be arguedthat the extent of authenticity in being online can be assessed usingethnography. In asking about the nature of anxiety in online communicationsimportant insights about the possibilities of authentic response can beestablished.
|Title of host publication||New Media and the Politics of Online Communities|
|Editors||A. Mousoutzanis, D. Riha|
|Place of Publication||Oxford, UK|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2010|
|Name||Critical Issues : Imaginative Research in a Changing World.|
- Digital and Internet Cultures, Digital Books, Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Evans, L. (2010). Authenticity Online: Using Webnography to Address Phenomenological Concerns. In A. Mousoutzanis, & D. Riha (Eds.), New Media and the Politics of Online Communities (pp. 11-17). (Critical Issues : Imaginative Research in a Changing World.). Inter-disciplinary Press. http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/publishing/product/new-media-and-the-politics-of-online-communities/