With my presentation and the research paper looming in the near distance I am looking at my data and trying to look at how I might present my findings and experiences. So, without detracting from the range of community members, I am starting to look at where and how some bloggers and some sites are similar in their approach and experience, and to feature one or two bloggers, sites and online phenomenon associated with this community.
Since this community has experienced a significant transformation I think it is important to highlight a representation that best exemplifies the features of each transition.
To briefly outline:
1) I will start by looking at the history of this community. The pro-ana community takes root in more explicit sites than what we see now. By looking at some of research of older, more 'hardcore' sites as well as research and media in reaction to these sites I will be able to track the subsequent transitions in this community.
2) In order to preface a study of this community, it is imperative to have a strong understanding of Eating Disorders and the social/pshycological features of such diseases.
3) I will outline the demographic that I am studying.
4) I will look at some of the sites that are currently 'pro-ana' and outline their features, as well as some of the 'on-goings' on these sites.
5) It is interesting to see how 'pro-ana' sentiments permeate other parts of cyberspace (youtube, "bootcamps", and now, blogs)....
6) The pro-ana sentiment is prominent in the blog community and I have been following a few that I find interesting.
There have been many obstacles in this research so far that have made it difficult to gain access to the community, the first and most prominent being that I do not have an eating disorder. Many, if not most, of the sites have a disclaimer reading: "If you do not have an eating disorder, do not enter"
However, much of the reading and research I have done has given me some interesting insights that I look forward to sharing next monday...