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On vacation August 12, 2008

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Holiday, Offline, Papers.
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Yes, I know. I have been an awfully lazy blogger lately. And I have not even been on vacation yet…

However, I have been using the silly season for working on my paper for the upcoming AoiR conference in Copenhagen in October. The paper is entitled “Online Social Networking: From Local Experiences to Global Discourses” and explores the many different experiences that Danish teenagers have through the use of social networking technologies. I will be sure to upload an abstract later.

BUT. Now it’s time for my vacation. So while everyone else in Denmark returns to their jobs (and Facebook), I will be offline (more or less) until September 1st.

See you next month!

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Greetings from Halkidiki – and some notes on connectedness… May 4, 2008

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Holiday, Reading, Social Networking, Travel.
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I am in Greece at the moment. At a beautiful summer resort in the breathtaking Halkidiki, which is located in the south eastern part of Central Macedonia. I am here on a working holiday – not attending the Networked Learning Conference, which will take place here the next couple of days, but Thomas, my boyfriend, is attending, so I thought it would be a nice idea to come with him and get a bit of reading done.

So far, it has been really nice. The weather is great and I have been sitting by the pool reading. One of the books I am reading is “Connecting – How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age” by Mary Chayko. It is rapidly becoming one of my favourite books. It deals with how people form different sociomental bonds with others with whom they seldom communicate face to face, who they don’t even know or have never met IRL.

The book was published in 2002 – before online social networking was really an issue, and nowhere in the book the them ‘social network site’ is mentioned, but I feel like I am reading about online social networking and how people form and maintain online connections on e.g. Facebook – and why it is important to have  connections to both particular and typified others (e.g. a chat friend, a faraway relative, a deceased family member, a celebrity or even a fictional character) and why these connections are just as important to us as our daily face to face interactions.

I think that I will use the book and some of its concepts in my dissertation when explaining and defining online social networking. Even though it doesn’t deal with social network sites, Chayko acknowledges the fact that she could be writing about upcoming technologies that might change how we connect and form social bonds in the age of the Internet: “It is a safe bet that technologies that are being developed, refined, and disseminated as this is written will lead to currently unimaginable changes in our society, in the nature of connectedness and in thinking itself” (p. 15). Did someone mention Facebook, Bebo, Orkut…?

Relaxing, reading (and working a little bit) in Italy July 13, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Holiday.
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In a few days I will be on my way to Italy where I will be on a much-awaited holiday. This means that I am going to relax and read some of all the books that I did not get around to read during this 1st semester of my PhD. Also, I guess that I will have to work a little bit since I am writing on my paper for the AoIR conference in the fall (with deadline at the end of July). But that’s life as a PhD student – and it’s not so bad 🙂

By the way, my paper in progress is called ‘Understanding Social Networking – On young People’s Construction and Co-construction of Identity Online‘ and will present some of the results from my thesis which many of you have been asking for in an English version.

Happy summer holidays!