Mobil Flört Uygulaması Wapa Hakkında Bir Netnografi Çalışması
Bilge Narin

Öz

Bu araştırmada mobil flört uygulamalarında (MFU) cinsiyet performasları ve iletişim biçimleri queer kuram ve netnografi yöntemi ile incelenmiştir. Araştırma Türkiye’deki Wapa kullanıcıları ile gerçekleştirilmiştir. Wapa lezbiyenleri hedef alan popüler, konum bazlı ve gerçek zamanlı bir mobil flört uygulamasıdır. Bu çalışmada Wapa kullanıcılarının profillerinde kendilerini tanıtırken kullandıkları anlatılar incelenmekte ve çevrimiçi mülakatlar aracılığıyla elde edilen kullanıcı deneyimlerine odaklanılmaktadır. Araştırma bulguları bir mobil iletişim ortamında erkek ve kadınların yeniden ürettiği maskülenliğini ortaya çıkararak iletişim, teknoloji ve cinsiyet çalışmalarıyla ilgili literatüre katkıda bulunmaktadır. Araştırma sonunda MFU teknolojisinin kullanıcılara yaş aralığı, coğrafi yakınlık ve cinsel yönelim gibi seçenekler sunmasına karşın; mobil ortamın aynı zamanda queer kimlikler hakkındaki klişeleri yeniden üreten ve dolaşıma sokan bir alan olduğu saptanmıştır.

Anahtar Terimler

Wapa; konum tabanlı flört uygulamaları; mobil iletişim; queer kuram; netnografi

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