Ethnography always has been adaptive, and ethnographers always have explored myriad cultural connections, but sometimes we risk forgetting these facts.

—Christine Hine

There's no there there.

—Gertrude Stein (speaking of Oakland, California)



















































Winter Semester, 2009
03 credits
05 January – 06 April, 2009
Meeting days and times:
Mondays: 6:00pm—8:15pm
Campus: SGW, Room H-619





























































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Enter. Immerse yourself. Interact. Understand. Describe. Analyze. Represent.

AVATARA is not a cartoon. It's a documentary about an Internet subculture who spend their lives immersed in an online 3-D voice-chat program called "Digitalspace Traveler." Through a series of 14 interviews, we uncover the history, art, identities, struggles and emotions of this unique internet community who, since as far back as 1996 have mostly devoted their lives to this software