As a Digital Anthropology enthusiast and practioner-in-training, I'm often asked for reading recommendations that are are good entry points into the field.
I've compiled a list of gateway drugs.
This is a collection of books, talks, documentaries, articles, and academic paper that are a mix of "essential reads," plus some of my personal picks.
It will give you a sweeping overview of what digital anthropologists tend to spend their time thinking about and researching.
Most of them aren't overly academic, so you don't need to worry about trugding through too much Foucauldian theory or references to Marxist reification (no promises though, sometimes it just comes out of left field).
A beautiful ethnography of machine gamblers in Las Vegas. Dow Schull explores the nature of addictive relationships with machines, experiences of embodiment, and the ethics of designing technological systems.
While a bit academically dense to read, Haraway's reframing of the Cyborg is an eternal classic.
An ethnography conducted entirely within the virtual world of Second Life. This is widely considered the first substantial ethnography of an online community. Tom Boellstroff pioneered the idea digital spaces should be taken seriously as cultural fieldsites.