Monday, February 9, 2009

The Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008

What do Norse rune stones, the Sarah Palin effect, Neanderthal language, and the anthropology of YouTube have in common? They are all part of Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008.

Anthropology online has gone mainstream. Millions of people have interacted with the digital content anthropologists create everyday. The Best of Anthro 2008 shows that content off using the best work from 36 anthropology blogs. The posts cover the entire spectrum of anthropology, including all four fields as well as medical and applied anthropology and media studies.

For fun, start with the all-inclusive Best of Anthro 2008 prizes, ranging from Best 3D Inuit Map to Best Use of Ritalin. You can also check out everyone’s submissions and the list of participating blogs.

The Relevance of Anthropology-Part One uses this online collection to discuss public anthropology, our anthropological vision, and definitions and debates about being human. Part Two shows how anthropology delivers critique and public commentary online, contributes to scholarship, employs language in innovative ways, and demonstrates how blogging and other types of online interactions represent a powerful new domain for anthropology.

As a resource for teaching, the Best of Anthro provides an online reader that students can explore. It’s also an easy and entertaining way for the public to discover what anthropology is about. After all, it’s only a click away.

The Best of Anthro was created by Daniel Lende at the University of Notre Dame, and is hosted at Anthropology News thanks Daniel for this post and welcomes comments on the Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008.

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