Too much reality?

Date of publication: September 18, 2011

Abstract:

The prevailing celebration of technology-enabled access to 'raw' consumer realities is challenged in this presentation. While acknowledging the many benefits that video-ethnography and social media bring (emotional engagement, richness and texture, more impactful storytelling), they have also led to a focus on the anecdotal story, on data rather than analysis, and on micro-reality at the cost of the macro view. Furthermore, to remain relevant researchers must reclaim their role as meaning makers and framers of reality as interpreters, and not merely cameras.

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