Food for Thought: David Leitner - Evoking Ignorance: Abstraction and Anonymity in Social Networking’s Ideology of Reciprocity
I would like to welcome everyone to another Food for Thought. David Leitner will be sharing a paper/article in progress. See Attached: Evoking Ignorance: Abstraction and Anonymity in Social Networking’s Ideology of Reciprocity.
Abstract: Based on ethnographic material from the high-tech sector in and around Cambridge, England, this article explores a ‘folk’ model of social relations based largely on scientific studies of social networks. Taking a particular social networking workshop as the basis for an ideal typical social network ideology, it examines several moves of abstraction and anonymity involved in ‘mapping’ one’s social network that create strategic spaces of ignorance which allow the networker to creatively deploy narratives of reciprocity which structure choices for social action.
But first, here is how Food for Thought goes for first timers: We all come together to discuss the attached paper. So, please read the attached paper. Then we will meet in 1246 SSH (aka Deathstar directions below) at 12:00. We will provide food and refreshments to help stimulate our minds and conversation. The author (David) will just listen to us all discuss his work for the first 45 minutes or so, then after that she will join the conversation and we will all have a discussion about the paper.
Food for Thought
Wednesday March 2
12:00 - 1:30
Title: Evoking Ignorance: Abstraction and Anonymity in Social Networking’s Ideology of Reciprocity
Author: David Leitner
Food provided paper to read is attached!
The room is 1246 SSH (aka Deathstar), easiest way to find it is to enter the parking lot between Young & SSH off A St. At the end of the parking lot turn right and walk between two buildings. Off to your left is a sliding glass door. 1246 is inside to your left.