OK. The podcast of this week's THIS AMERICAN LIFE is MUST listening. It deals with stereotypes, cultural symbols, interpretation and misunderstanding.Plus it is hysterical, even while being insightful and at times chilling.Click here to listen
I find myself unable to read this op/ed by economist Paul Krugman in today's NYT without feeling Bruno Latour looking over my shoulder saying, "hmm... see that? and there too, uhuh....hmmm"That Latour, a curious blend of charming and obnoxious, no? Click here to read TDRp.s. sorry about empty/deleted comments... don't know why original posted multiple times.
Jane Jacobs would have loved this guy from Oak Park, I think!Reminds me of her axiom that people are drawn to people, that people going about their lives is an attraction itself... Click here to read article
So in the thirties in England there was a whole group of people who thought that the way to take the pulse of the nation was to go out and observe people and record their conversations. There is a whole archive of this stuff in England - the group called itself Mass Observation and there are several books published about their pub crawls and a whole book from the archives on what women were really doing in the war - I think they even had government funding - but somehow the work got swallowed up by marketing research - but it is so much a precursor to what I think is going on in LaTour:see WARTIME WOMEN: A MASS OBSERVATION ANTHOLOGY. or The Pub and the People : A Worktown Study By Mass Observation or Britain, Mass Observation, Madge, Charles & Harrisson, Tom Nef
This Latour blog may be of interest: http://www.anthem-group.net/Tara - how did you make your link live? I don't see any editing tools.Nef
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Nef, Thanks for the info on Mass Observation. I haven't looked it up yet, but it brings to mind some of the work of Studs Terkel, and for that matter, much of the WPA funding for US writers during the '30s to collect oral histories.
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