Posts by Jordan Kraemer

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Anthropologist of social and mobile media, working on the intersection of emerging media technologies and everyday experiences of space and place, especially transnational connections in Europe.

Note from the Editor: Summer vacation

September 4th, 2015, by § Leave a Comment

The CASTAC Blog is on (late) summer vacation this week. See you next week!

2014 in Review: Re-locating the Human

January 20th, 2015, by § Leave a Comment

Blogging is still in some ways a new medium for scholarship and research, with attendant risks and promises, as we are often still thinking through our ideas as we post them.

New Year, New Team: Welcome from the Editor

January 13th, 2015, by § Leave a Comment

These debates illustrate once again the value of scholarly blogs and research on emerging technologies and their imbrication in everyday life – concerns that motivate much of what we do here at the CASTAC Blog.

Ethics of User Experience Research: What Anthropology Can Tell Us about Facebook’s Controversial Study

July 21st, 2014, by § 3 Comments

Most Facebook users accept that companies collect anonymous data from them to “improve” their experience (that is, make it more profitable), but do not implicitly consent to be treated as experimental subjects.

Associate Editor Intro: Jordan Kraemer on digital culture, tech trends, and why anthropologists can’t predict the future

February 4th, 2014, by § 1 Comment

In the current climate of social media as engine of capital and economic value, it’s provocative to cast aspersions on Facebook’s future popularity.

Rethinking Scale in Social Media: An Ethnographic Perspective

July 23rd, 2013, by § Leave a Comment

Thinking about scale draws attention to how geographic levels – local, regional, national, transnational – are constructed and reordered through everyday practice. The globalness of online communications, then, may owe not to global or transnational connections but to a multiplicity of place-making activities.

MOOCs in the Machine, Part II

January 3rd, 2013, by § 2 Comments

I want to call attention to the link between critiques of graduate education and changes in the structure of academia more broadly, the same changes fueling much of the debate about how technology will “disrupt” higher education.

MOOCs in the Machine, Part I

December 29th, 2012, by § 4 Comments

The conversation about MOOCs needs to take place in the context of broader structural changes in academia, to recognize both their promise and their limitations.