The culture of the digital : Pinterest and digital sociology
Sauter, Theresa (2013) The culture of the digital : Pinterest and digital sociology. In Forbes-Mewett, Helen, Osbaldistson, Nick, & Strong, Catherine (Eds.) Proceedings of 2013 TASA Conference : Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), Monash University Caulfield Campus (Building H), Melbourne, Australia. (In Press)
As the boundaries between public and private, human and technology, digital and social, mediated and natural, online and offline become increasingly blurred in modern techno-social hybrid societies, sociology as a discipline needs to adapt and adopt new ways of accounting for these digital cultures. In this paper I use the social networking site Pinterest to demonstrate how people today are shaped by, and in turn shape, the digital tools they are assembled with. Digital sociology is emerging as a sociological subdiscipline that engages with the convergence of the digital and the social. However, there seems to be a focus on developing new methods for studying digital social life, yet a neglect of concrete explorations of its culture. I argue for the need for critical socio-cultural ‘thick description’ to account for the interrelations between humans and technologies in modern digitally mediated cultures.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 please consult author(s).|
|Deposited On:||21 May 2014 22:42|
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