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7_Media Activism and Internet Use by People with AIDS

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614 James Gillett © Blackwell Publishing Ltd/Editorial Board 2003 structure or framework for self representation for people with HIV/AIDS. All the sites incorporated several of the themes, though in many cases one or two predominated. It is in this use of cyberspace that the producers of Internet sites engaged activist and institutional discourses regarding HIV/AIDS. Autobiography The Frst theme was the most commonly used in Internet sites by people with HIV/AIDS. Almost all of the sites in the study incorporated some aspect of a personal story or autobiographical narrative. There were many sites for which autobiography was the central purpose. An interesting example of this type of site is ‘Trekking with AIDS’ ( http://trekkingwithAIDS.com ), a website by Dawn Averitt who hiked the Appalachian trail. In her website the trail is carefully reconstructed through text and pictures so that you can follow her from state to state throughout the trail. The personal re±ections are a way of documenting and archiving her experiences. A more typical use of autobiography was a designated section of the site
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