Ethnography

One problem that is likely impeding the development of critical approaches in HCI is equivocation. Equivocation occurs when different meanings or uses of the same word are used interchangeably. “Criticism” appears to be just such a word, and the origin of this post was to offer some fundamental distinctions among different uses of “criticism” in…

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I just remembered that I wanted to post the link to that book Among the Thugs I mentioned in the lecture about complex systems.  It’s an interesting read of first-hand experience with crowds and violence and mob mentality kind of stuff.  Plus, it’s all about hooligans, and who doesn’t love that cuddly bunch?

Some research is finding that people of different continental origins have different DNA. The article does give examples of products/designs that are already operating under that assumption (the heart disease drug for African Americans). Concern about “support” for racism is mentioned (if people really are genetically different, then…) and talk of this research leading to…

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While thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of the phenomenological, hermeneutic, and structuralists approaches (which I never got too far with), I was thinking about “What would be an example of structuralist design methodology?” Today I found this pretty cool article (link via putting people first) that mapped the different use-centered design research approaches. Not…

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Worst case scenario: Ethnomethodology fails because you can’t dive into the users’ culture for a year and even if you could, first you’d have to acquire all of their special training, education, experience, etc. Ethnomethodological phenomenology fails because you might ask the user the wrong kinds of “why” questions, or ask them the wrong way,…

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Nine friends played Wii games today at my home including sport games and Mario party games. We have four handlers which means that we could have four people play at the same time. When we played those minigames, eight of us were really enjoy. Another one was very busy and working by using her laptop.…

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So for those of you who don’t know, a large group of us went to southern Indiana’s Patoka Lake this weekend for a break from school and work. I thought that some of you would be interested in seeing how the weekend turned out. Here are my favorite photos that I took: