Photobombing: Mobility, Humour and Culture

Fletcher, Gordon and Greenhill, Anita (2010) Photobombing: Mobility, Humour and Culture. In: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication 2010 Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication Vancouver, Canada, 15-18 June 2010. School of Information Technology Murdoch University, Murdoch, pp. 198-206.


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The photobomb, in name and practice, is a phenomenon of Web2.0 – in the sense of being a participatory and read/write Web. This paper contributes to the academic discourse concerning the anthropology of the Internet. Photobombing exploits the ready availability of channels for individual expression created with writability, the importance of user-generated humour for the Web and theubiquity of digital photography devices. The issues of the visual and of humour are both problematic territory for academic research and, despite their significance within the context of digital culture, have received little focused attention in this context (Gillispie, 2003). By drawing upon an observational methodology we construct a typology of photobombs drawn from a variety of sources to understand the simplicity and subtlety of humour being employed as well as the way in which the photobomb – as a discrete artefact - is embedded and interlinked with other (digital) cultural practices. The approach employed here for photobombs offers insight into the potential for the wider application of typological methods in the search and retrieval of (digital) visual objects

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Cultural Attitudes Towards Communication and Technology, Proceedings > CATaC Conference 2010
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2013 05:46
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 14:11

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