1. Writing Ethnography

    The Professional-Lurker mentions Tales of the field: on writing ethnography (Van Maanen 1998), which I highly recommend for “practicum” reading. I’m presently reading another good book in the same series Writing ethnographic fieldnotes(Emerson, Fretz and Shaw 1995).


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    Prolurker on 2005-09-29

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  2. Wikipedia and Astroturfing

    Clay Shirky notes a cycle of references created by a few people with the effect of promotion: a Wikipedia article for Symphony OS is referenced in a Slashdot article, which is then noted in the Wikipedia article:

    This is an interesting kind of spam, or maybe we could call it …

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  3. Pruning

    The Professional Lurker notes an article by the FreeRange Librarian which identifies the important role of deleting/removing material of dubious quality. This function, too, exists in the Wikipedia: Votes for Deletion. Otherwise, this argument simply reduces to the one of authority which the Librarian has raised in the past …

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  4. NYU's Information Services Suck

    An example of how frustrating reliance on bad technology can be consider the following. NYU publishes a course catalog for the subsequent semester. However, NYU often does not publish enough such that I get a copy. The standard rejoinder is to use the web site. While I would object in …

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  5. Epistemic stances

    When it comes to making claims, about reality or anything else really, a number of different stances might be adopted by the speaker:

    • Objectivity: the claims have a correspondence to reality; they are typically embedded in a framework by which their validity is affirmed. For example, the scientific method posits …
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