We went out to dinner and had ox tongue the other night. It was delicious but tasted like amazing spam. I said so to my dining companion who reminded me that luncheon meat was historically a tongue replacement.
Replacing the tongue with spam, there’s a blog in that! And then I went to my blog and I had 66 new comments… all spam.
Not all these tweets were marked with the #mscedc hashtag, because I was often using a laptop or desktop rather than my usual smart phone or tablet. The lack of a manual RT on the web version of Twitter is... Read more »
A collection of thinking points about nostalgia. Listen here: Digital Human, Nostalgia.... Read more »
Image made with Collage for iPad. Continuing to think about Digital Ethnography.
My notes on the Google Hangout and the books I was reading for MOOCMOOC.
A card sort excercise I led for a new website design.
I was sitting in the dining hall, making notes from my iPad about learning commons, and someone said they ‘liked the mix of technology and old fashioned notes’.
A park I sat in, watching people listen to music, read books, look at their phones, walk their dogs, practice martial arts and have picnics. (We took pictures and posted them on Social Media sites, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter).
Students using the Baillieu Library Learning Commons, the University of Melbourne.
What didn’t happen Usually I spend Thursday and Sunday focusing on my studies, but this week work ramped up, so I feel really behind. This post is late, I couldn’t make either of the Hangouts, and the Twitter roundup didn’t happen this week.... Read more »
Exploring MOOCMOOC as a ‘field’. MOOC MOOC: Critical Pedagogy… leaves behind the traditional LMS-based “course” model of the MOOC, and will be left to roam wild, free, and grass-fed on the web. Once each week, we’ll hold a hashtag chat on... Read more »
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This week, I looked at some more ethnography research over on my Research Methods blog.
I’m feeling particularly uncomfortable about this task, and I suspect this has something to do with my own cultural position.
I am the daughter of missionaries. By the 1980s, cross-cultural missionaries were highly trained in anthropology, ethnography and cultural sensitivity. That is, my parents were expecting to go to other cultures (first to work with Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory of Australia, and then in Hong Kong) to work alongside local people, not to Westernize or ‘save’ them. They would learn the language, and build respectful relationships with people, and learn how to behave in these other cultures. Most importantly, they would only go where invited by the local bishop.
I grew up knowing anthropologists, like Judith Stokes and Dr Julie Waddy (also the first woman I knew with a PhD), who spent their whole lives learning the language, and world view, of Anindilyakwa people on Groote Eylandt. We were only there for a year, and yet in that year we learned the language (I was only 8 and my siblings 6 and 2, but the whole family went to weekly lessons). We were given the typical ‘skin name‘, but we were also taught songs and places and totems. My brother returned to Groote over a decade later to help build an early online project with Groote Eylandt Linguistics.
I can’t waltz into a course and do ethnographic research in a couple of weeks. I can do other kinds of observation, MOOCMOOC is a course that takes place intentionally in public and I’m happy to look at it, but I’m not calling it an ethnography.
Hine, C, (2000) “The virtual objects of ethnography” from Hine, C, Virtual Ethnography pp.41-66, London: Sage Recently, I have noticed that I am using a lot of screenshots or other forms of embedding digital material from outside the blog, either... Read more »