My focus is on people. People acting with technologies.

I'm fascinated by how writing mediates knowing, being, and doing.

I study groups and group communication — especially communication that's mediated by networked writing technologies. Almost all of my work uses empirical visual research methods, primarily visual ethnography.

I live in Lexington, Kentucky. I ride a bike, I climb rocks, and I think a lot about everyday human experience.

You can find me on Instagram, or email me at brian.mcnely[at]

∆ “Two realities exist simultaneously and separately within every human activity. One is the reality of personal experience, and one is the reality of group and societal relationship. The two realities connect, they overlap, they merge, but they are recognizably different. What happens collectively (for a group) is seldom the aggregation of personal experience.” Stake, 2010. ∆