Internet: instrumento de investigación y campo de estudio para la antropología visual.

Internet has been transformed for some anthropologists from a research object to a research instrument for fieldwork. Following two different approaches, Internet can be conceived as a research tool that can be used for applying different research techniques (interviews, questionnaires, etc.) or as a field of study. In both perspectives, technology mediated fieldwork rise a whole set of opportunities and at the same time pose many methodological issues, similar to those that visual anthropology has already faced in relation to visual technologies. The aim of this article is, first, to specify common methodological issues and make explicit shared reflections between Internet ethnographers and visual anthropologists; and  second, to discuss the opportunities that the Internet pose for visual culture research.

Palabras Claves
Internet ethnography
visual anthropology
online research methods
visual methods
Adolfo Estalella. Investigador del Internet Interdisciplinary Institute de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Realiza su tesis de investigación centrada en el análisis de las prácticas intensivas blogger.
Elisenda Ardévol. Profesora titular del Departamento de Humanidades de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 15 - Santiago, agosto 2010 - 1/21 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.