Digital archaeology. A democratic utopia
In this article a brief account of a seemingly low-impact news-report
and the ensuing debate on Facebook is used to illustrate how online meaning
exchanges may lead to increased polarization, and deep disagreement, between
two particular groups: metal-detectorists and archaeologists. In addition some
issues for how to conduct ethical online research, such as when information should
be seen as public or private, is discussed. I conclude by suggesting possible ways to
decrease the existing divide between two groups with similar interests.
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