Visitor or Resident?

I feel that I spend a lot of time on the computer working on one thing or another.  Reading the article Visitors and Residents:  A new typology for online engagement by David S. White and Alison Le Cornu, I became curious to whether I was a resident or a visitor online, I suspected my map would indicate that I am a visitor.  My map contains the online locations that I use regularly, assigning each one a different colour.  I placed each box on the map by considering how I use that site, whether I go there to talk to others or go there to find something.  I also considered how much I leave behind when I am inactive on the site.  While creating my map, I had to remind myself of White’s definition of tool and place “‘Tool’ is functional …. ‘Place’, on the other hand, is social” (White & Le Cornu, 2011, para. 16), by thinking of each site as a tool or a place, I was able to put them in the appropriate location on the map.  As I expected, my map indicates that I am more of a visitor online than a resident.

 

References

White, D., & Le Cornu, A. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). doi:https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i9.3171

3 thoughts on “Visitor or Resident?

  1. Hi Kathy

    I believe many people are probably visitors rather than residents. Do you think that perhaps in the future your map may be altered based on new experiences in the coming years? Thank you for sharing

    Caroline

    1. I think that these maps are ever changing, as White put it “Our Visitors and Residents typology should be understood as a continuum and not a binary opposition” (White, 2001, para. 26). Just because we are visitor in one area now doesn’t mean we will stay there. As society moves more to be more digital, the individual will shift too. That being said, there will always be that curmudgeon who doesn’t want to change!

      References
      White, D., & Le Cornu, A. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). doi:https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i9.3171

  2. Kathy,
    It is interesting that you see yourself more as a visitor than resident, as does Caroline. In this age of the omnipresence of Facebook and Twitter, I think of most of us as residents. It’s admirable that you can maintain your visitor status!

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