Aboriginal Audience and Communication Technology: Internet Café in Tao's Everyday Lives
Department of Communication and Technology
|關鍵字:||原住民;達悟族;蘭嶼;閱聽人研究;網路文化;Indigeneity;Tao;Orchid Island;Audience research;Internet culture|
Indigenous media have become an intensely debated subject in discussions of cultural diversity and access to communication technologies. In many circles, the question of the equitable and affordable access to communication and information has begun to be conceptualized as integral to human rights and as an essential element in the foundation of a knowledge and/ or information society. The purpose of the paper is to analyze how marginalized peoples perceived and positioned themselves in relation to global computer networking, and how these sociotechnical apparatuses figured in local life worlds. This paper took ethnography as research method to explore the indigenous Internet practices by observing Internet cafes in Orchid Island. It argues that, beyond consideration f the social impact of communication technologies on indigenous cultures, it is also relevant to consider the cultural construction of new technologies of information and communication in order to better understand the ways in which indigenous peoples adopt and make use of new digital technologies according to interpretative communities and customs of everyday life. The chapter concludes by supporting the need for self-identification of local practices and knowledge within the communities in order to design adequate strategies to gain benefit from the use of communication technologies.
Journal of Cyber Culture and Information Society