Kolor: Journal on Moving Communities vol:8 issue:2 pages:19-29
This article considers a number of controversial issues regarding the use of the Internet in anthropological research. Firstly there is the ethical question concerning the anthropological researcher's online presence. Second, there is the methodological question as to whether ethnographic studies of internet phenomena can be considered 'real ethnography.' The author's own PhD research among Romanian immigrants illustrates how the internet can become important both as a research tool and as an aspect of the research field. Finally, some ways of tackling the controversial issues will be suggested, drawing both on the literature and on the author's own experiences in the field. It will be shown that internet use is best placed in a wider context, and that it may be necessary to approach different types of internet phenomena in different ways.