The benefits of understanding the best marketing practices and strategies when it comes to online business is definitely rewarding; I go to meetups and conferences and I hear seasoned professionals who manage campaigns in social media or some other form of online advertising and how they gained followers, revenue, purchases, sales, etc.but what about the reasons why we are attracted to such technology or is it the fact that the technology facilitates our needs for a transcendent form of human communication within our time/space?
I was very fortunate to have met Amber Case, a well known Cyborg Anthropologist, online because she inspired me to continue research into how we as a tech savvy society are so immersed into today’s interactive technology. She mentions that it’s an extension of ourselves and these tools assist us in our daily lives. Learning how to use online media technology for business and marketing practices is great but if we share knowledge from a human/technology behavioral perspective, it’ll give us the understanding of why and how we “augment” ourselves through technology and in some ways continue our need for human interaction and communication.
Below is a list of researchers in anthropology, media research, and social culture that I think will make a great addition to your Twitter list should you wish to expand your understanding of today’s technosocial culture.
Dean Terry @therefore Founder of University Emerging Media and Communication program, Social Research & disruptive apps:
#EnemyGraph #Undetweetable. Experimental Music & Film.
David Parry @academicdave Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Kim Knight @purplekimichi Playing in the giant sandbox that is the Emerging Media and Communication program at University of Texas, Dallas.
Mark Graham @geoplace Oxford Internet Institute Research Fellow. Interests: Internet Geography, Web 2.0, Economic Geography, Development, ICT4D, Digital Divide, Zombies.
Toledo Luca @lucatoledo Cyborg anthropologist passionate about art and cyberculture.
Raul Acosta @raulaco Social anthropologist working on Transnational civil society networks.
Gigi Taylor @GigiTaylor Qualitative media researcher, media ethnographer, media anthropology, digital ethnography, former advertising professor, former Hal Riney account planner.
Kimberly Christen @mukurtu Mukurtu Project Director, digital humanist, cultural anthropologist, interested in cultural heritage, digital preservation, and the ethics of open access.
Catriona Macaulay @enquiringdesign Lead a masters in Design Ethnography. Don’t like closed doors. Do like talking to people, opera, talking to people about opera.
Ashley L. Wong @loudspkr Sound/noise, art platforms, internet politics, creativity, collaboration, community, open source, space, cities.
Mathias Klang @klang67 PhD, researcher, lecturer. Focus on Technology Regulation, Digital Rights, Social Media, Creative Commons… Addicted to procrastination.
Danah Boyd @zephoria Social media scholar, youth researcher & advocate | Microsoft Research, Harvard Berkman Center.
Tricia Wang @triciawang I study how technology makes us human. Ethnographer/Sociologist/Researcher/Consultant [China & Mexico]
Niki McCusker @NikiMcCusker 25, anthropologist, mountain dew addict, new media and blogging researcher.
Melissa Terras @melissaterras Co-Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. Reader in Info Studies, UCL, London. Digital Humanities, Digital Culture: Computer Science vs cultural heritage.
Nick Anstead @NickAnstead Lecturer in Media and Communications, the London School of Economics.
Mark Warschauer @markwarschauer Professor at UC Irvine, research on digital media and language, literacy, learning, ed reform, equity, development, father of 3.
Manovich @manovich Professor of digital humanities and new media art and theory at UCSD. Director, Software Studies Initiative.
Jason Farman @farman Author of the book Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media. Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Social Media and Digital Media for Educating Afganistan (amarnaik.wordpress.com)
- Will You Fit In? Conducting Company Research with Social Media (onlinecollege.org)
- Censoring social media fans flames of social unrest (sciencedaily.com)
- How to Calm Your Social Media Anxiety (openforum.com)
- Slideshow: Hispanics poised to dominate social media scene (bizjournals.com)
- Job: Associate Professorship in Digital Humanities (for 4 years) (ehumanities.nl)
- Intersections of Religion and Media: Interviews (therevealer.org)
- Future U: Rise of the digital humanities (arstechnica.com)
- Mariginalization and media use in Aboriginal communities (youthhealth20.com)
- An MLA13 Proposal: Representing Race: Silence in the Digital Humanities (adelinekoh.org)