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Blue Sky in the Morning

Kendall Lori

in Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230361
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935983 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230361.003.0001
Blue Sky in the Morning

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This chapter provides an examination of BlueSky's social contexts and the effects they have on people's online interactions, with an emphasis on gender. It discusses Falcon, a hangout on an online forum called BlueSky, and presents an approximation of a set of conversations that occurred online and entirely through text. In the ethnography of BlueSky, the usage of pub metaphor assists in the interpretation BlueSky's social world. The Falcon provides a space in which people enact and negotiate masculine identities within a particular class and race context. However, discussions that construct cyberspace as a distinctively different arena of social interaction emphasizes the differences between online and offline interactions and suggest that offline rules concerning identity do not apply online. Through these forums participants bring particular backgrounds and understandings to their interpretations of each other's presentation of self—online they behave in certain style that depends on gender. The chapter also looks at what people gain from their online participation and what offline experience and knowledge they bring to their online interactions.

Keywords: BlueSky; Falcon; cyberspace; online; forum

Chapter.  5517 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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