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For the final paper of the course ‘Transformations in Digital Cultures’ I conducted an online ethnographic study on the practices of a content creator on OnlyFans. Though just an exercise and small in scale, this study reveals several interesting insights about the nature of work on this site and discusses how this platform’s ‘intermediary’ business model may impact both norms surrounding sex work, and norms surrounding ‘informal’, ‘independent’ employment amongst young people online. This paper therefore seeks to explore this avenue of ‘techomoral change’ by analysing the lived-experiences of a real anonymous sex-worker making her living from OnlyFans.
I found it fascinating to work on this topic and compile the research using ethnographic and interviewing methods. Soon when the grades come back we will find out if my tutors feel the same!