Blogs and the diaspora

Using Blogs to Create Cybernetic Space: Examples from People of Indian Origin — Mitra 14 (4): 457 — Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies

Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Vol. 14, No. 4, 457-472 (2008)
DOI: 10.1177/1354856508094663

Using Blogs to Create Cybernetic Space Examples from People of Indian Origin
Ananda Mitra

Wake Forest University, USA, ananda@wfu.edu

This article examines the phenomenon of blogging as a way to create a cybernetic space that is defined by the digital/virtual space of the blog discourse and the real space where the blogger is located. By examining several blogs it is argued that for people who have to move from place to place and undergo the diasporic experience, the anxieties of movement and placelessness produced by diaspora can be partly managed by entry into the cybernetic space produced by bloggers. Specifically, this article examines blogs maintained by people of Indian origin who produce a sense of spatial identity through their blogs.

Key Words: blogs • cybernetic space • diaspora • India

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