I watched a very interesting video this evening. The speaker in the video was Stefana Broadbent, one of a new class of “ethnographers” that is people who study how our social habits and relationships mutate. She cites some very interesting research about intimacy and modern communication apparatus including Skype, Instant Messaging and Facebook. One of the perplexing points is that while someone may have 100 contacts on their Instant Messenger they generally only communicate with a very small percentage of those people. On the surface this really does make sense but without seeing research data to back the issue up there are few certainties in the realm of social media and technology. Ethnographer defined.
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