I liked Renée’s tweet because it echoes some of the sentiments I’ve been feeling about the mooc I have been following. The edX platform is prescriptive and containing – sometimes experienced as a straitjacket, sometimes as a non-threatening, bounded environment.
Philip’s tweet prompted thoughts of the spatiality and temporality of the internet as providing a locus and stasis for the homesick.
I don’t think I have successfully kept in mind I’m an observer because my netnography is coloured by the subject I have been learning about. Would my experience have been different if I was conducting an ethnography offline? If this means an unsuccessful netnography it matters for the expected outcome point of view, but not for my own learning 🙂
I liked this tweet because it speaks of a method of revealing something authentic about another person. This resonates with an ethnographic perspective as well and a phenomenological one. It also reminds me of my exploration of sense-making in my last mscde module: in that case it was ambiguity which acted as a catalyst for the ‘observer’ to uncover tacit knowledge held by the ‘observed’.