chapter  9
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As I am lugging my heavy backpack to TaSUBa, I refl ect on how heavy digital anthropology can be in practice. On my shoulders I am carrying a laptop, a charger, a digital camera, video camera, and voice recorder, a mobile phone, two notebooks and some pens, all stuffed into a backpack, along with a tripod in a separate shoulder bag. While the ergonomic bag protects my spine, halfway through fi eldwork an old injury sets in, and I remain housebound for two weeks with an excruciatingly painful slipped disk. When I explain my absence upon my return to TaSUBa, staff do not question the connection I make between my back problems and spending too many hours in front of a computer, some of them having noticed similar problems when working long hours in their offi ces. In my case, the problem has only gotten worse over the years, but as my PhD supervisor Ulf Hannerz kindly pointed out when I traced the origin of the problem to the last stages of completing my dissertation a decade ago, surely it is worth it. And when it comes to exploring new ways of doing ethnography, it certainly is, for all that digital equipment I have been lugging around has opened new opportunities for anthropological knowledge production.