Structuralism

I guess the most educational part for me in this class is the phenomenological perspective. I have to confess that I was not a very understanding person before. I often got caught in arguments with other people. When other people didn’t think the same way as I thought, my instinct was to take his view…

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A friend of mine recently entered into the following conversation with another individual. The results of which I think are interesting and worthy of at least a brief analysis. I have taken the liberty of anonymizing everything to make sure nobody gets hurt (namely, me). The friend in question sent an inquisitive message about an…

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Last night we went to mad scientist ball party as last year. It is an event held by psychology and informatics school annually before Halloween. Faculty and student come together to have fun together. Last year I have been here and I dress my Nowitzki’s jersey and to be a basketball star. This year for…

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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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I was lucky enough to go to ASIST this past week and went to many interesting discussions. One that stuck out and has ties to our recent lecture involved ‘genre’ in search. The panelists discussed the use of genre in search and whether or not it was valuable. There were many comments and much disagreement.…

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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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The picture is from website Savage Chickens, by Doug Savage. Please complete the cartoon. Do you have any idea in your mind now? If I tell you it is a Halloween contest: complete this cartoon and you could win Savage Chickens Stuff, will your answer be different? Using to analyze this material, here are some…

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I have a question about structuralism. Suppose you and I are part of the code. We understand the relationship between a signifier and a signified. Can we say that we share similar lifeworlds, horizons and assumptions?

So i’m reading a paper today by Chris Langton on the subject of Artificial Life (available online at http://www.aec.at/en/archiv_files/19931/E1993_025.pdf), in which he points out the fundamental differences between approaches to studying linear and non-linear systems.  I would say that in researching Interaction Culture, we must more fully understand ourselves to be dealing with non-linear systems,…

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