Authenticity Online: Using Webnography to Address Phenomenological Concerns

Leighton Evans

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Media and the Politics of Online Communities
EditorsA. Mousoutzanis, D. Riha
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherInter-disciplinary Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781848880320
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Publication series

NameCritical Issues : Imaginative Research in a Changing World.


  • Digital and Internet Cultures, Digital Books, Inter-Disciplinary Press.


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