Tag: digital anthropology

Bitcoin Is More Than Money (As Is Any Money)

Bitcoin Is More Than Money (As Is Any Money)

Our use of money is infused with profound cultural and political meaning, and the interplay of rival currencies can offer insights into cultural tensions. This was as true of post-Soviet Russia as it is of Bitcoin today. The anarchic virtual currency is part of a wider cultural movement that embraces technology, and replaces institutions with…

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Technology in the Home

Technology in the Home

This is an extract from a mini-ethnography I did of an East London household of three young people, focusing on their use of technology. One of the recurring practices observed in the¬†household was the retention of gadgets with overlapping functionality, sometimes to the point of redundancy. ¬†Older, disused, and broken hardware is held in storage…

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