Dot Com Mantra by Payal Arora

By Payal Arora

Billions of greenbacks are being spent nationally and globally on supplying computing entry to digitally deprived teams and cultures with an expectation that pcs and the net may end up in greater socio-economic mobility. This ethnographic examine of social computing within the valuable Himalayas, India, investigates substitute social practices with new applied sciences and media among a inhabitants that's for the main half undocumented. In doing so, this publication deals clean and important views on problems with modern debate: loose studying with desktops, correct and worldwide info, the diversity and position of actors as intermediaries of electronic info, effect of direct as opposed to oblique entry on social computing, gender and expertise and transnational intake and construction of information.

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Our travelers, having won a grant to make a film on this legendary man-eating catfish were returning to prove the rumor. They had come to catch the fish. Perhaps on a similar journey, I am heading to Almora in search of my own catfish. Rumor has it that villagers are flocking to computers, seeking a pathway to economic nirvana. Rumor has it that villagers are collectively figuring out this new technology. Cellphone in one hand and mouse in the other, they are being celebrated as the new “netizens” in the making.

After all, what stays in and what remains out are deeply political acts. Through this lens, context is viewed as that which not just penetrates but “determines the very structure of the interaction” (Goffman, 1966, p. 64). From cognitive to the social, context can be seen as interactional, multidimensional and hierarchical (Duranti and Goodwin, 1992). In a sense, it is not what’s in the head but on the ground that matters here, that which is between and amongst people. Preoccupation changes: unfolding of the human mind is overtaken by the capturing of human efforts, enactments, and engagements.

In doing so, we see these divides between the poor and the rich, the rural and the urban, between gender, caste, class, literates, and more as manufactured and sustained by the ruling sector of society to legitimize their control (Bhabha, 1990; Escobar, 1995; Foucault, 1977). As such, these essentialisms become truth to which we are held at gunpoint. It is important to note that this tremendous force and backlash in theorizations was marked for the first time by primarily an intellectual South Diaspora and Third-World authorship.

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