I'm interested in the ethnography of the Internet, particularly in the social life of information and the way people shape and are shaped by information technologies. The detailed, explanatory potential of anthropology / sociology in relation to the study of the social effects of information technology and to 'tourism studies' provides an interesting intersection of approaches / disciplines / methodologies and is my starting point. I'd also like to theorize / "theorize" anthropology, especially vis-Ã -vis 'cyberspace;' I'm also interested in anthropological, linguistic and philosophical questions of representation and language.
Here's my web site: http://scottmacleod.com
I have a few projects in mind as a Harvard "CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion" at-large participant:
- developing a CyberOne Wiki conversation about Benkler's "Wealth of Networks," and connecting this potentially with Manuel Castells' "Rise of the Network Society" analysis, as well as participant's projects;
- exploring Second Life ethnographically, and perhaps writing an ethnographic paper based on our experiences and the life that's taking shape there;
- creating a web site about Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten's Yoga - http://scottmacleod.com/AV/AVOpening.htm with 3-5 hours of video, a login system, server-side encryption, and database interactivity ;
- and, lastly, in developing creative ways to bring my Dalton Letter 'alive' - http://scottmacleod.com/links.htm, perhaps in Second Life as an empathic argument for openness; :)
I presently teach college at Penn State, and am planning on teaching a course on "Society and Information Technology" at a number of Pittsburgh, PA, universities in January.