more mwesch on youtube

I was scanning YouTube for something entirely else when i ran into Mike Wesch‘s latest youtube clips today. Not only he has found a brilliant way of introducing himself and the students of his Digital Ethnography class at Kansas State University to their field [Introducing our YouTube Ethnography Project], also a video of his World Simulation seminar is on [part 1, part 2, part 3]. See related Savage Minds entries here and here.

And once you’re there and you haven’t watched it yet, invest a few minutes at Wesch’s Web 2.0 … the machine is us/ing us. Meanwhile a final version has been set up and a growing number of video responses have been uploaded. (27 when I began to write this entry.)

representation follows code.

It will be another post in which I may explore a cluster of thinking I paradoxically am refusing to call myself an advocate of which is the academic reflection of causality–another is ‘constructivism’, and one more is ‘relativism’.  My refusal may be rooted in my conviction of radical contextualism’s methodological tools to be _the_ keys to the reconstruction of reality so many academic branches with their approaches and methods are dedicated to. Dunno. Not yet.   

“Have you ever thought of how is the web represented to blind people? They use screenreader software that read loudly website’s text. These need linear encoding to make quoted text recognizable for a blind recipient, because all other solutions, (…) require too much acoustic backup-ing by recipient’s brain. Just try it. I’m sure theres open source freeware somewhere. On the screenreader example one can easily and very well show how representation actually follows code.”

Said I here.

forgotten flags

Forgotten Flags is an interactive documentary by Florian Thalhofer.

“Germany, summer 2006–a sea of black, red and gold. The 2006 Soccer World Cup changed the way Germans perceived their own country. What is left over half a year later? Florian Thalhofer and Juliane Henrich traveled 2562 km all over Germany to talk to people that still have a German flag outside their houses. They met astonishing ordinary people with all kinds of different German accents. (English subtitles by Anja Tachler and Wenzel Bilger.) The Korsakow-Film “Forgotten Flags” is presented by the Goethe-Institute as part of the Odysseus Project.”

This is not solely about nationalism reemerging in Germany–we learn a lot about the author’s identity here, I’d like to add to Adrian’s note by which I’ve come across the film.

Once you’re there, have a worthwhile look at Thalhofer’s other projects, too.

bambule on flickr

schanzenfest_hamburg2006_by_mil_es_flikr.jpg

Tonight I went flickr. Spending time to get to know the different tools that come along with blogging labeled ‘social software’ and to get an idea of how it works in regards of the ‘social’ was overdue. Knowing people share pictures was not sufficient.

People share information, visually–and indymedia is represented on flickr by several tags. I was astonished though–and not again, having thought about it for a second–finding the bambule tag.  It’s not so much the representation of something that is far away that strikes me here, but the one that represents something that is close-by.

[..to be continued]

Picture courtesy of mil_es.  

            

      

interference

From my blogstatistics I notice from time to time search engine hits tickling in that contain searchword ‘interference’ in varying combinations with other searchwords like ‘media’, ‘culture’ and ‘wikipedia’ and ‘language’.   The wordpress service displaying search engine traffic to my blog does not show what search engines have been used, though.  They should appear in the referrerstatistics or be represented as ‘read posts’ but theres some irregularity I not yet have fully figured, which means I cannot really say what they say and whether they say anything that can be argued as data and if so, how.  So take these “statistics” so far just as Aufhaengers to point to a different way to search the web that comes along with 2.0 ware.     

The del.icio.us tag  interference currently displays 1336 files [see Google for comparison]. A variety of uses and contexts show up, like ‘political interference’, ‘disobedient interference’,  interference related to wireless networks, technical interference related to communication between ports and devices, myths of interference and many more besides interference as a concept in physics that relates to wavelength.  [This parody amused me.]    

photography of cyberspace

i-am-a-jpg.JPGI’ve been playing around with screenshots for a while now since I began to take ones myself. In terms of the organization of doing qualitative research online, a couple of months ago I decided screenshots to be one basic sort of data that I’d methodologically dig from the field. These will serve me in various regards, but the astonishing thing is–and it needed Michael Wesch presenting the next step which is videography of cyberspace to make me fully understand–that taking screenshots really is photography of cyberspace: A snapshot through the observer’s eyes and on the participant’s screen, a visual journal that assists the ethnographer’s memory and therefore the ethnographic description–just like the photography of an offline situated scenery does.  

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