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Type: Working paper
Title: Phenomenology and the online: the importance of studying experience
Author: Barbour, K.
Publisher: ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Issue Date: 2012
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Kim Barbour
Abstract: Phenomenological research into the online experience offers real value to Internet Studies and Digital Humanities scholars for three key reasons. Firstly, as an explicitly qualitative approach, it offers a way to gain insights into the experience of going online that are not identified by those who study behaviour alone. Secondly, as phenomenological studies focus on the individual rather than the collective, the resulting small sample size means that the investment required in terms of time spent with participants is minimised. Finally, the interpretation that emerges through the phenomenological research process produces categorisations that could form the basis on which larger scale, Big Data, quantitative research projects could be built. This paper will explore the above ideas through the lens of my doctoral research, which uses hermeneutic phenomenology to investigate the experience of persona construction by artists on the fringes of the traditional art world, specifically craftivists, tattoo artists, street artists, and performance poets. By incorporating the interpretive categorisations that have come from my early discussions, I will demonstrate the strength of a phenomenological approach to investigating the experience of using the world and social media to present the self to the world.
Keywords: Phenomenology; methodology; online experience; online persona; artistic persona
Description: Working paper presented to the ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation Winter School, 21-27 June 2012, Brisbane Australia
Rights: © 2012, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
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