Dear Apurba, (& everyone else: I started this as a private reply, but then
thought it just might be useful to others on the list - and it's a bit of
Jill Arnold & I, here at Nottingham Trent University, have been doing some
work on presentation of self in personal home pages for a while now. You can
find links to some of our stuff on my home page:
http://www.ntu.ac.uk/soc/psych/miller. Some of the papers there will refer
you to other stuff. We have other publications in press, primarily about how
women academics phandle personal homepages, which we could pass on if they
looked as though they might be useful. Check the stuff that's up, and see if
you need any more.
Daniel Chandler (URL: http://users.aber.ac.uk/dgc/publish.html) has also
written about selfpresentation on the Web, and has a great site with a big
collection of links covering a wide range of elctronic communication issues
- and other things.
There's also John Suler's online book 'The Psychology of Cyberspace':
The University of Maryland's Resource Centre for Cyberculture Studies has
useful links http://www.otal.umd.edu/~rccs/
David Gauntlett at Leeds runs www.theory.org.uk and www.newmediastudies.com,
both interesting (the second will be more use to you, I guess). His edited
book web.studies (Arnold, 2000) is very basic, but lively and interesting
and covers a good range.
I really like Miller & Slater's The Internet (Berg, 2000)- an ethnography of
internet use in Trinidad, which raises lots of 'everyday life' (rather than
'wierd cyberspace') issues.
There are older, well-known sources - Turkle, Rheingold, Jones - but you may
know about those anyway.
Hope this is useful. Contact me direct if you want to follow any of this up
Department of Social Sciences, The Nottingham Trent University,
Nottingham NG1 4BU, UK
From: A Kundu [mailto:a.kundu@...]
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2001 7:38 PM
Subject: [cybersociology] Web psychology HELP
I am currently teaching an undergraduate module entitled
'Cyberpsychology' in the Department of Cybernetics, University of
Might any of you be able to help with suggestions for materials
(articles, books, journals, websites, videos, etc) which deal
specifically with the following topics:
-- Exhibitionism; especially as regards 'homepages' on the web (why
this need to establish a web presence? Why are there so many?); and
'lifecams (why are there so many cameras which continually broadcast
one's day-to-day life on the internet? Why are they so popular?).
-- Pornography; why? for who? effect on the consumer, any studies which
show consumption patterns.
-- Anything else of potential relevance to the aims of my
Cyberpsychology module; that is, 'To develop an understanding of the
psychological dimensions of cyberspace (environments created by
computers and online networks) and how people react to and behave
Any and all suggestions GREATLY appreciated.
Dr Apurba Kundu
The Internet, Law and Society
Department of Cybernetics
University of Bradford
Bradford BD7 1DP
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