Cultural processes in the Internet societies. Narratives, values and places
ESF grant 8137
This grant project continues the studies of the previous grant, but takes them further by concentrating on the place and space and the values of folklore online. Taking advantage of the material collected on some communities (temporary and permanent online groups, such as geocaching, SF, petowners, patients with difficult or incurable disease), communication between professionals and non-professionals (medics versus patients and their kin; astronomers versus amateurs; anonymous comments on public boards) will be analysed. Questionnaires and analyses have outlined the formation of identity and personal relations of online communities together with textual production of main types of cyber-communication, with a number of characteristic values that have been identified. Our focus will be the place and space and the processes of folklore online.
Main issues treated in this grant project include:
1) Mechanisms of place creation.
2) The sociocultural position various folklore genres online, also the application of traditional folklore to constructing cyberlocality, how this reflects values and which models are used.
3) Narrative models online and their application in various situations.
4) Use of traditional folklore to demonstrate personal identity (in blogs, photo sites).
5) The personal experience narratives as carriers of culturally significant messages.
6) The use of folklore in commercial internet sites.
EKM Fo , EFI
Kujundus Mare Kõiva
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