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Asynchronicity and the ‘time envelope’ of online annotation : the case of the photosharing website, Flickr

Adkins, Barbara A. & Nasarczyk, Jason (2009) Asynchronicity and the ‘time envelope’ of online annotation : the case of the photosharing website, Flickr. Australian Journal of Communication, 35(3), pp. 115-140.

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Abstract

This paper examines a sequence of asynchronous interaction on the photosharing website, Flickr. In responding to a call for a focus on the performative aspects of online annotation (Wolff & Neuwirth, 2001), we outline and apply an interaction order approach to identify temporal and cultural aspects of the setting that provide for commonality and sharing. In particular, we study the interaction as a feature of a synthetic situation (Knorr Cetina, 2009) focusing on the requirements of maintaining a sense of an ongoing discussion online. Our analysis suggests that the rhetorical system of the Flickr environment, its appropriation by participants as a context for bounded activities, and displays of commonality, affiliation, and shared access provide for a common sense of participation in a time envelope. This, in turn, is argued to be central to new processes of consociation (Schutz, 1967; Zhao, 2004) occurring in the life world of Web 2.0 environments.

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ID Code: 29556
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: online annotation, asynchronicity, interaction order
ISSN: 0811-6202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 University of Queensland
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2010 09:04
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:05

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