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Blog/shop: it is authentic so don't worry^^^

Fletcher, G and Greenhill, A 2009, 'Blog/shop: it is authentic so don't worry^^^' , Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 7 (1) , pp. 39-53.

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    Abstract

    Purpose – The popularity and persistence of Blogshops raises ethical issues regarding the presentation of the female teenage owners’ “self” to others and the relationship they maintain with buyers and other owners. Design/methodology/approach – This ongoing observational study of Singaporean Blogshops reveals a layered and interrelated typology of alternative e-commerce activities that critiques many of the myths associated with e-commerce particularly the extent andmanner inwhich it can empower consumers. Findings – It is argued that Blogshops represent a new formulation of e-commerce practice that draws upon a rich assemblage that includes readily available and popular digital technologies and an efficient urban public transport system. Research limitations/implications – This study is primarily emic in perspective and requires complementary ethnographic research among Blogshopowners and buyers – specifically female teenage Singaporeans. Originality/value – The present study introduces the phenomenon of Blogshops to a wider academic and theoried audience through a critical interpretation of observed activities. In doing this the study offers insight into the complex intersection of public transport infrastructure, freely available Web-based technologies and the significant influence that fashion exerts upon contemporary popular culture.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
    Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
    Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1477-996X
    Depositing User: Gordon Fletcher
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2010 11:34
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:30
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    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/10698

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