Abstract

This paper reports the first set of results of a field qualitative research, focusing on users as significant actors in shaping the Internet and in negotiating its meanings. The research has been conducted from January 2001 to April 2002 by "Osservatorio sulla Comunicazione" - a media research centre directed by Fausto Colombo which is part of the Università Cattolica del S. Cuore in Milan. The research was organised in two field steps, meant to investigate on the one side the representations and meanings that users assign to the Internet, and on the other side their actual navigation practices and styles. The paper we are presenting here focused on the second step, and aim both at defining "navigation styles" as a result of a set of socially situated practices, and at deploying the very idea of "navigation style" as an interface between Self and Other, uniqueness and iteration, individual expression and generalization, practice and its acknowledgment / recognizability. Style thus enabled us to articulate the dimension of "surfing practices" as a dimension of social action, and as practice of medium appropriation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGood Bad Irrelevant. The users and the future of information and communication technolgies. A transdisciplinary, proactive and collaborative knowledge-building conference organised by COST Action 269 and The media Lab University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH
Pages228-231
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventThe good, the bad and the irrelevant. The user and the future of information and communication technologies - Helsinki
Duration: 3 Sep 20035 Sep 2003

Conference

ConferenceThe good, the bad and the irrelevant. The user and the future of information and communication technologies
CityHelsinki
Period3/9/035/9/03

Keywords

  • consumption
  • internet
  • navigation
  • user
  • web

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