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Learning lives with/in digital media: Emergence of online economy disputants in the midst of economic crisis in South Korea
Posted on Saturday, January 01, 2011

Dae Joong Kang, Seon Joo Choi, & SeungHyeop Lee


This study aims to understand adult online informal learning illuminating a way of becoming an influential social figure. We interviewed five famous online economy disputants whose postings were very popular in Korea during the global financial crisis in 2008-2009. We explored how they learned and found that their self-directedness interplayed with the context of otherdirectedness, a sense of being stimulated and indebted enhanced their learning process, and dynamics of anonymity and social recognition were keys to their emergence.

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