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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!

The online and offline symbol of a heart March 6, 2008

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Language, Offline, Online, Youth Culture.

As some of you might know, I have started taking pictures of “offline walls” (aka graffiti). Especially, when I am out giving talks all over Denmark and have a lot of waiting time in public spaces such as train or bus stations.

As I have mentioned before, it seems that the online way of communicating has affected the offline. Symbols that most often belong to Arto profiles or Facebook walls can now be found on actual, physical walls.

Yesterday I was in Assens and had some time to kill in the local bus station waiting room. Here, I found a message saying “I love you” along with two drawings that capture both the online (<3) and the offline symbol of a heart: (the highlights and the blurring of the last name have been made by me):


I have many similar examples of online symbols or references being used in the physical public space. I find this interesting in relation to my PhD project, as it says something about how the boundaries of online and offline communication and relationships are blurred – and how the virtual space is represented IRL and vice versa.

On this specific wall I also found references to Arto profiles. It’s all about being OnLife 🙂 ❤