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Massively Multiplayer Online
Collaborative Anthropology
           2008 Annual Meeting
    American Anthropological Associ...
p. kerim friedman
    kerim.oxus.net
ci.ndhu.edu.tw
savageminds.org
fournineandahalf.com
Turnbull’s Typewriter
Participant observation, the classic formula for
ethnographic work, leaves little room for texts.
But still, somewhere los...
the 1980’s post-literary
       moment
writing as a process
    which must be
examined contextually,
     rhetorically,
    institutionally,
 generically, politi...
Clifford worries that the essays in
 Writing Culture quot;will be accused of
having gone too far: poetry will again
be ban...
not far enough
We need to revisit
   assumptions about the
 possibilities and limits of a
post-literary anthropology in
  the age of the ...
rethinking collaboration
“in the collaborative model is
   there a full give and take,
  where at every step of the
   research knowledge and
     ...
How to create
“dialogic” texts?
form vs. process
production vs.
 dissemination
can anthropology be
      remixed?
three case-studies
wiki- bureaucratization
“ignore all rules”
This page may meet Wikipedia’s criteria for speedy
deletion. The given reason is: It is a very short
article providing lit...
wikipedia bias
“people work on what
they want to work on”
              - ethan zuckerman
“most of the people
who work on wikipedia
    are white, male
 technocrats from the
   US and europe.”
              - eth...
What they write about:

• technology
• science fiction
• libertarianism
• life in the US/Europe
african literature   anime
Wikipedia:BIAS
image ethics
Attention Field Workers: great
  offense can be caused if this
   material is shown to tribal
 Aboriginal people. The auth...
Don’t look!
mukurtuarchive.org
anti-social networks?
Homophily refers to the fact
   that “you’re likely to
befriend, talk to, work with
and share ideas with people
who’ve got...
readers also liked...
“MySpace has most of the
    kids who are socially
ostracized at school because
  they are geeks, freaks, or
  queers....T...
% net users by country
globalvoicesonline.org
institutional barriers to
      cooperation
research guidelines
limited access
Thanks!
slideshare.com/kerim
• http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/
  2004/09/28/systemic-biases-in-wikipedia/

• http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/
  ...
•   Peterson, N. 2003. “The Changing Photographic
    Contract: Aborigines and Image Ethics.” In
    Photography's Other H...
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From the Remixing Anthropology panel at the AAA in SF, 2008. More info on the blog: http://remixinganthropology.wordpress.com

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Massively Multiplayer Online Collaborative Anthropology

  1. 1. Massively Multiplayer Online Collaborative Anthropology 2008 Annual Meeting American Anthropological Association San Francisco, CA November 19-23, 2008
  2. 2. p. kerim friedman kerim.oxus.net
  3. 3. ci.ndhu.edu.tw
  4. 4. savageminds.org
  5. 5. fournineandahalf.com
  6. 6. Turnbull’s Typewriter
  7. 7. Participant observation, the classic formula for ethnographic work, leaves little room for texts. But still, somewhere lost in his account of fieldwork among the Mbuti pygmies – running along jungle paths, sitting up at night singing, sleeping in a crowded leaf hut – Colin Turnbull mentions that he lugged around a typewriter. Clifford 1986
  8. 8. the 1980’s post-literary moment
  9. 9. writing as a process which must be examined contextually, rhetorically, institutionally, generically, politically, and historically
  10. 10. Clifford worries that the essays in Writing Culture quot;will be accused of having gone too far: poetry will again be banned from the city, power from the halls of sciencequot;
  11. 11. not far enough
  12. 12. We need to revisit assumptions about the possibilities and limits of a post-literary anthropology in the age of the internet.
  13. 13. rethinking collaboration
  14. 14. “in the collaborative model is there a full give and take, where at every step of the research knowledge and expertise is shared” El Dorado Task Force 2002
  15. 15. How to create “dialogic” texts?
  16. 16. form vs. process
  17. 17. production vs. dissemination
  18. 18. can anthropology be remixed?
  19. 19. three case-studies
  20. 20. wiki- bureaucratization
  21. 21. “ignore all rules”
  22. 22. This page may meet Wikipedia’s criteria for speedy deletion. The given reason is: It is a very short article providing little or no context (CSD A1), contains no content whatsoever (CSD A3), consists only of links elsewhere (CSD A3) or a rephrasing of the title (CSD A3). Speedy concern: It is a very short article providing little or no context (CSD A1), contains no content whatsoever (CSD A3), consists only of links elsewhere (CSD A3) or a rephrasing of the title (CSD A3). If this page does not meet the criteria for speedy deletion, or you intend to fix it, please remove this notice, but do not remove this notice from pages that you have created yourself.
  23. 23. wikipedia bias
  24. 24. “people work on what they want to work on” - ethan zuckerman
  25. 25. “most of the people who work on wikipedia are white, male technocrats from the US and europe.” - ethan zuckerman
  26. 26. What they write about: • technology • science fiction • libertarianism • life in the US/Europe
  27. 27. african literature anime
  28. 28. Wikipedia:BIAS
  29. 29. image ethics
  30. 30. Attention Field Workers: great offense can be caused if this material is shown to tribal Aboriginal people. The author strongly requests in the interests of future research that this not be done. - Catherine Ellis (quoted by Nicolas Peterson)
  31. 31. Don’t look!
  32. 32. mukurtuarchive.org
  33. 33. anti-social networks?
  34. 34. Homophily refers to the fact that “you’re likely to befriend, talk to, work with and share ideas with people who’ve got common ethnic, religious and economic background with you.” - Ethan Zuckerman
  35. 35. readers also liked...
  36. 36. “MySpace has most of the kids who are socially ostracized at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers....The goodie two shoes, jocks, athletes, or other ‘good’ kids are now going to Facebook.” - Danah Boyd
  37. 37. % net users by country
  38. 38. globalvoicesonline.org
  39. 39. institutional barriers to cooperation
  40. 40. research guidelines
  41. 41. limited access
  42. 42. Thanks! slideshare.com/kerim
  43. 43. • http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/ 2004/09/28/systemic-biases-in-wikipedia/ • http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/ 2008/04/25/homophily-serendipity- xenophilia/ • http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/13/arts/ 13BOOK.html • http://www.danah.org/papers/essays/ ClassDivisions.html
  44. 44. • Peterson, N. 2003. “The Changing Photographic Contract: Aborigines and Image Ethics.” In Photography's Other Histories, ed. C. Pinney, and N. Peterson, 119-145. Durham: Duke University Press. • Clifford, James & George E Marcus. 1986. Introduction: Partial truths. In In Writing Culture: the Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. Berkeley: University of California Press.

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