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virtual ethnography and co-production in a meteorology class in Chile



etnografía virtual; co-producción; espacios multimodales; estudios de ciencia, tecnología y sociedad; Chile


Interest in the ethnographic study of virtual spaces has grown in recent years. Today, a wide variety of social phenomena occur in multimodal spaces, that is, distributed through both physical and virtual environments. Online and offline spaces are part of one everyday experience. However, how are both dimensions integrated in a coherent arrangement? In this article, I argue that online and offline spaces co-produce an integrated way of dwelling in the world. I show this by describing on online meteorology class, where students and a teacher connect representations of the atmosphere with the local weather of local spaces. In the conclusion, I discuss how co-production and virtual ethnography can be complementary perspectives.


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