Ipad versus Paper

Sometimes virtual can’t compete!

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Week 8 summary – Ethnographies

The end of one unit and the start of another. This weeks blog has been rather random, with further exploration of communities to the separation of mind and technology. I have been spending most time exploring and commenting on other people’s ethnographies. It was so interesting to find out other students areas of interest and [...]

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Does our body end at the skin?

Anne Mcaffrey 1969 “The ship who sang” is an early example of the cyborg – a severely disabled girl is mutated with machine to make a cyborg – Haraway questions should our body end at the skin, is this the boundary or can this boundary be removed or shifted? The race to create 'insect cyborgs' [...]

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Asian Eels and beautiful women

Reading Pickering (2005) on posthumanism – phew!!!!! I will try to summarise for myself and for others Pickering suggests that the world of academics is split into two fields – the study of objects and things, the study of human meaning. He suggests we need to think about the symbiotic relationship between the two rather [...]

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Minecraft

Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? | Idea Channel | PBS youtube.com/watch?v=RI0BN5… #edidgbl — Hamish Macleod (@hamacleod) March 11, 2013 My son Thomas (9) is an avid minecraft fan, he plays it on xbox, computer and ipod touch, he connects with friends and neighbours on it and plays for hours on it. He has encouraged [...]

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Word Press forum

Thank you all for your kind comments on my ethnography, I now need help!!!!! I have spent all evening trying to make my Blog look good and it looks exactly the same, why are something’s so difficult. Anyone got any advice? Having looked at the word press forum for advice – I think they have [...]

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Sudden Leap

I have been reading a lot this week about new technologies , there seems to be a sudden surge in innovative designs of futuristic concepts. It’s about making “real” It’s about making it accessible It is about the aesthetics and the design Google Glass: getting to grips with 'geek aesthetics' | Technology | The Observer. [...]

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Week 7 summary – Community and culture

This week along with working on the ethnography, I have been thinking a lot about different communities, their ethos, the idea of being part of a community and a communities culture. Communities in the real world usually share a common interest and ideas and involve actual interactions, where people take on specific roles within the [...]

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Ethnography

Please view my visual ethnography here Introduction I have stumbled upon the Weight Weenies website for this ethnographic study due to a discussion with friends about forums and who actually uses them. I am not an active member of any forum, firstly because I don’t have time and I feel they need a certain level [...]

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parkrun community

Just an excuse to advertise parkrun as it is a wonderful friendly community I belong to, that is altruistic ran by volunteers who enjoy running and want to encourage others to do it – Replicating an idea parkrun are weekly, 5km timed runs around the world, that are open to everyone, free, safe and easy [...]

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