Digital Ethnography Literature to Review

If you’ve been reading this blog recently, you know that I am researching internet videos recordedin the classroom. The stuff I am finding is amazing, bizarre, incredible and often unbelievable. I wonder why much of it is even there, and I am sure many people wonder the same thing about most content of sites such as YouTube and the like.

So to help make sense of it, I need to do some background research. Most of the really interesting videos I’ve been finding are those made by high school age students. I need to learn more about what makes them tick so I started digging for some resources like these:

Youth Psychology & Development

1. Johnson, G. (2006) Internet Use and Cognitive Development: a theoretical framework, E-Learning and Digital Media, 3(4), 565-573.

2. Tapscott, D. (1999). Growing Up Digital. McGraw-Hill.

3. Billings, D.L. (2006). Entitled to Fail, Endowed to Succeed. DCB Publishing, Bixby, Oklahoma.

4. Gardner, H. (1993). Frames Of Mind: The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences, 10th ed., New York: Basic Books.

5. Gazzaniga, M. (2009). Learning, Arts, and the Brain,,%20Arts%20and%20the%20Brain_ArtsAndCognition_Compl.pdf.

6. Rogers, D. (1978). Adolescence : a psychological perspective

7. Savin-Williams, Ritch C.. (1987). Adolescence : an ethological perspective.

8. Gallatin, Judith E. (1975). Adolescence and individuality: a conceptual approach to adolescent psychology

9. Lerner, Richard M. (2002). Adolescence : development, diversity, context, and application.

10. Söderström, S. (2009). Offline social ties and online use of computers: A study of disabled youth and their use of ICT advances. New Media & Society, 11(5), 709-727.

Next, I needed some foundational materials that will give me a good understanding of the medium I am working in. These include:

Internet & Technology Foundations

11. Benkler, Y. (2006). The wealth of networks. New Haven:Yale University Press.

12. Meyrowitz, J. (1985). No sense of place. New York: Oxford Press.

13. Dertouzos, M.L. (2001). The unfinished revolution. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

14. Turkle, S. (2005). The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit 20th Anniversary Edition. The MIT Press.

15. Turkle, S. (1997) Life on the Screen. Touchstone:New York.

16. Rheingold, H. (1998). The Virtual Community.

17. Gates, B. (1996) The Road Ahead. New York: Viking.

18. Marvin, C. (1990). When Old Technologies Were New. Oxford University Press.

19. Peters, B. (2009). And lead us not into thinking the new is new: a bibliographic case for new media history. New Media & Society, Feb 2009; vol. 11: pp. 13 – 30.

20. Cooper, T. (2008). Between the Summits: What Americans Think About Media Ethics, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 23:15–27.

21. Leung, L. (2009). User-generated content on the internet: an examination of gratifications, civic engagement and psychological empowerment. New Media & Society, Dec 2009; vol. 11: pp. 1327 – 1347

22. Christians, Clifford G. (2008) Media Ethics on a Higher Order of Magnitude. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Volume 23, Issue 1 January 2008 , pages 3 – 14

Then let’s throw in some Anthropology, Science and  related stuff for good measure:

Anthropology, Science & Social Science

23. Whitehead, N.L. (2009. Post-human anthropology. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 1547-3384, Volume 16, Issue 1, 2009, Pages 1 – 32

24. Hine, Christine 2000. Virtual Ethnography. London, UK: Sage Publications.

25. Campbell, J. (1991). The power of myth. Anchor Publishing.

Finally, I think some literature on education and technology, including teacher development will be helpful. I came up with these:

Education & Learning

26. Johnson, L. Levine, A., & Smith, R. (2009). The 2009 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: New Media Consortium.

27. Jensen, E., Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner’s Potential, 1st ed., Jossey-Bass, Hoboken, N.J, 2006

28. Rheingold, H., Participative Pedagogy for a Literacy of Literacies, retrieved February 1, 2009 from

29. Hlynka, Denis. (2009). Looking Ahead Looking Back, The year educational technology began? Educational Technology, May-June 2009.

30. Fadde, P., Rich, P. (2010). Guerrilla Video. Educational Technology, January-February 2010. pp. 4-7

31. Peter J. Rich and Michael Hannafin, (2009). Video Annotation Tools: Technologies to Scaffold, Structure, and Transform Teacher Reflection Journal of Teacher Education 2009 60: 52-67.

32. Van Es, E.A. (2010). A framework for facilitating productive discussions in video clubs. Educational Technology. Jan-Feb 2010 pp8-12.

33. McDonald, S. (2010). Building a Conversation: Preservice teachers’ use of video as data for making evidence-based arguments about practice. Jan-Feb 2010 pp28-31.

I’m sure there is much more that I have left off of this list that should be here. Please feel free to suggest anything you think might be useful to me.

6 thoughts on “Digital Ethnography Literature to Review

  1. Hi Bill,

    Interesting question. The following two pieces might suggest some ideas:

    Joshua Meyrowitz, “We Liked to Watch: Television as Progenitor of the Surveillance Society,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 625, September 2009, 32-48. [Special issue edited by Elihu Katz and Paddy Scannell on The End of Television? Its Impact on the World (So Far).]

    David Bell, “Surveillance is Sexy,”

    And this one might be of generic interest to you in your PhD work:

    Joshua Meyrowitz, “Taking McLuhan and ‘Medium Theory’ Seriously: Technological Change and the Evolution of Education.” In Stephen T. Kerr, (Ed.), Technology and the Future of Schooling, 95th Yearbook, National Society for the Study of Education, University of Chicago Press, 1996, 73-110.

    I can send you PDF’s of my two pieces if you can’t locate them otherwise.

    If you write about the school vids, please send me the finished paper/article/chapter.

    j m

  2. Joshua,

    I was thrilled to hear from you this week. I’ve shared the “We Liked to Watch” article with my class & Dr. Wesch. Thanks for sharing with us.

    I am still working on putting together a theoretical framework on which to build this YouTube in the Classroom project. Your work helps immensely.

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