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Playing around with virtual filing: What makes an australian blog?

The author’s nationality?

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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.

.theory follows practice

Theory ontologically follows practice.  

What happens when culture becomes nature and what impact can an ethnography of what is not spoken about possibly take on academic reality?

Will my eigensinnig approach of appropriating the conditions I faced first when having been put to write a proposal in the student project that brought me here [appropriation of prescribed conditions in my case means, doing extensive “preliminary investigation”, as CKelty called it, to really be able to present Informed Consent of Participants and being able to write a proposal in which I do know what I am talking about in an adequate way and “them” a little knowing me–instead of in the end being decidedly able to show why practice does not follow theory, which I happen to already know] lead me to great failure because IRBs already are revolutionized once I finish my proposal?

And what does this have to do with cyberpunk?

Fragen über Fragen.      

ernest cline’s planet of the monkeys

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This probably already is widely known. I have come across Ernest Cline‘s via Dialogic this morning for the first time. Dance Monkey Dance, about which I’m not sure whether it is a visualization by somebody else on a slam-poem by Cline or created by Cline himself, is a magnificant example of how certain anthropologic knowledge in a non-dry and entertaining but well-elaborated and critical way can be mediated to the public.

Klicking through Cline’s bio I’m amazed by both, its digital structure simplicistically reproducing the narrative [form follows content] and the very cyberpunk exhibit that is presented over there.

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.

good anthropologist, bad anthropologist

Kerim at Savage Minds announces Dustin M. Wax being hired by U.S. Homeland Security.

This can’t be but April’s fools–otherways stay tuned on reflections of ‘good’ and ‘bad’  anthropologists to come.