As I walk the streets and roam the web of China, I share snapshots from my fieldwork on Bytes of China. My list of longer thought pieces can be found on my Writing Page

I am currently living in China, following students and migrants as they process information and desire, remaking cities and rural areas. I investigate media and memes in their collisions with markets, governments, and local thugs.   [More about Bytes of China.]

Here's a video of the most recent talk I gave about my research at LIFT in Geneva, Switzerland, "Dancing with Handcuffs: The Geography of Trust in Social Networks". In this talk, I analyze the changing conceptions of trust through the story of a college student who threw shoes and eggs at the government official who oversees internet censorship in China. 

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Hanging out with youth at a rock show

Fieldwork: hanging out with teens and students at a rock show! Funnnnn!

I'm hanging out at a local rock show with university students. 3-4 bands have already played and 90% of the songs are covers of songs from the states sung in English. There are around 50 people in the small bar. Most people are just tapping to the beat and drinking beers. Some males are smoking. None of the females are smoking. 

The space in front of the band is empty with the crowd forming a half circle. Two girls go into the circle and start to jump around and collide into each other. They are trying to recreate a moshpit - probably something they see in music videos. They giggle as they do it. Then one of their friends joins in (a male) and starts to jump and collide into them. With three people it looks more like a genuine attempt to create a mosh-pit effect. The rest of the crowd is eyeing them as if it was a new kind of behavior they had never seen before. 

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