yahoo answers

Someone has linked my ethnography tag to answer someone else’s question on Yahoo! Answers whether anyone knows anything on ethnographer interference.

“Any examples of ethnographer interference?

I’m trying to write a paper about objectivity in anthropology and interference by the ethnographers. What I’m getting at is that we shouldn’t be interfering in other cultures rituals or beliefs. For example, someone is doing their fieldwork and objects to the way that the culture treats their children, they don’t have the right to interfere, because how do we know whats best for them. Anyways, does anyone know of some good anthropological articles that I can use in my research? Either for or against interference, or even some key words to use in search engines would be helpful. Thanks!”

Quickly checking the reference I found two entries of mine tagged ‘ethnography’ in this blog and doubt they have helped much.  My as quickly thrown out literature recommendation  anyway would be Lorraine Daston on ‘The Culture of Scientific Objectivity’ and Max Weber on ‘Objectivity in Social Science’.     


agree with NPepperell that this is _incredibly_ funny.

LMagee, contributor to Rough Theory and author of the strangest beta I ve ever seen, replies to a comment [“HI! I’ve have similar topic at my blog! Please check it.. Thanks.”]  on,

to the hundreds of fastidious commentators out there – I would love to “check it”. But the link always goes to some site which sells pharmaceuticals or other products I have no interest in. I really appreciate the sincere effort to connect on an intellectual level with my various interests: social theory, philosophy, computer science, the Semantic Web – but I’m not sure how your “blog” is “similar” ?

And some part of my brain is kept going, aiming to catch why we laugh about that.

Note to myself: Reread and summarize Bruckman, The Turing Game.


BoomBeng Bambule

I ve mentioned Casino Ganzo earlier. Let me now second the motion.  

september eleven

I had finished a term paper on Alexander Kluge‘s and Oskar Negt‘s concept of selforganization in the afternoon of Sept 11, 2001. In Montréal last year Hadas Yaron, Stacey Fritz and I several times exchanged about our perception of that very day and datum. Something I mentioned was the experience of all german media having covered the same issue that day. That was kind of new to me as I had only read about the phenomenon before. Of course one shall co-mention, that the timeframe in question was not continuous, but punctual.

Anyway–I was working for Prof. Kaufmann at that time. When I saw her first after september eleven happened some work-related context made us shortly exchange, too. As far as I remember, we were talking about something related to Western selfperception as an “aufgeklärte Kultur”, touching sources for a seminar–when she looked at me and said kind of, aber jetzt ist das sowieso alles anders. It is just as Rex–and others–point us to: Choosing an enemy constitutes one’s identity.

creep in the cellar

“In the mid 80s there were a bunch of bad sounding live bootlegs for sale. By ’88 the band felt it could bootleg the band as well as everybody else, so they joined the crowd and released their own crappy bootleg too.

Taking a portable DAT recorder on the road, they taped shows in the winter of ’88. When they got back to Texas, they sorted out through the DAT’s and compiled the best of it to a 2 disc, 29 set on their newly formed Latino Buggerveil label.

Slightly better sounding than most bootlegs of the time, only a limited pressing was made and it went out of print farily quickly. (…)”

In the early 90s, where noone I knew could reproduce digital information on CDRoms yet–the first machine to burn CDs that appeared at a friend’s place was an analog recorder to be plugged in at your Hifi-rack–what circulated were analog musictapes, countless copies of Creep in the Cellar. Bootlegs–at that time, at that place–were principally regarded as “better” versions of a song as such. So the bootleg version I was given  had gone through many analog recorders and as I have listened to it often, I know every very sound it concludes. I have always thought, its heavy lingering was due to the chain of analog copying by which I had received my copy, but a party I ve attended  a few weeks ago taught me better. Someone from school, from the first Bildungsweg, which means, someone from really long ago, showed up and at some late moment put on the Butthole SurfersWooden Song, which intensively backwarded me to former times.

[Actually–I’ve come to think the acoustic rememberance of the human brain may even  be comparable with the olfactoric one in terms of establishing connections.] 

Back from party, I opened the internet to see what kind of internet presence Butthole Surfers meanwhile maintain and if theres any. I ve found they have further comprimed their recordings and now offer them for free over at Butthole Surfers’ Open Bootleg Archive

What I found very surprising though is, that the lingering is still there. This means it already has been a bug in the original DAT recorder–or one in the one that was used for the digitalization of the Double Live CD.   

update Most probably the DAT tape has not been stored properly.   


nodes: search terms

  • In this nice “hosted solution” for free blogging theres a feature included that displays search terms by which search engines have brought traffic to this site. Sometimes there appear funny creations that make me wonder what those people have been after and whether they found anything on this page in whatever way related to their interest. In the meantime of writing these few lines someone has searched AnnaRiitta Grzonka–just for the record–but what I wanted to briefly note really is this week’s collection of hits.

“Adrienne Droogas” [03.10.]

anthropology of spoon [03.09.] (???)

boss interference [03.07.] 

interference game [03.05] 


– “Bud, from Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, is a classic cyberpunk protagonist. An aggressive, black-leather clad criminal loner with cybernetic body augmentations (including a neurolinked skull gun), Bud makes his living first as a drug runner’s decoy, then by terrorizing tourists for money. All of which goes a long way toward explaining why his ass gets wasted on page 37 of a 455 page novel.(…)”

– “Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datsphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.(…)”   

– “Cyberpunk tended to be cold, detached and alienated. Postcyberpunk tends to be warm, involved, and connected. (…)” 

“Cyberpunk characters frequently seek to topple or exploit corrupt social orders. Postcyberpunk characters tend to seek ways to live in, or even strengthen, an existing social order, or help construct a better one. (…)”

 – “Postcyberpunk uses the same immersive world-building technique, but features different characters, settings, and, most importantly, makes fundamentally different assumptions about the future. Far from being alienated loners, postcyberpunk characters are frequently integral members of society (i.e., they have jobs). They live in futures that are not necessarily dystopic (indeed, they are often suffused with an optimism that ranges from cautious to exuberant), but their everyday lives are still impacted by rapid technological change and an omnipresent computerized infrastructure. (…)”



update: See also wikipedia entry postcyberpunk

update II: I’ve come across this comparing wikipedia’s german and english entries on ‘punk’ and the public discussion that is linked to at each page (here and here). Among various differences I find remarkable that in the german article’s discussion the connection of punk and cyberpunk is controversely discussed while in the english article’s, as far as I see,  it has not been questioned and/or deleted in a comparable rigour at all.