HCDE 512 – Week 4 – Ethnography on the Edge Presentation

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Here are the URLs that I reported on for my group:

Uganda:  http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2012/12/10/instagram-ethnography-in-uganda-notes-on-notes/

Rural China: http://www.fastcompany.com/3010880/slideshow-china-through-the-instagram-lens-of-tech-ethnographer-tricia-wang#1

INSTAGRAM IN FIELDWORK

These two women are doing ethnographic research and posting photos and notes on Instragram.  This is a way to capture notes and images and post for review and sharing in real time.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is there an ethical issue with taking photos of the people she is studying and posting them publicly?
  2. What is the separation between their personal images and research work?
  3. By editing and filtering your ethnographic research on social media what does that say about the larger body of the work?  What (if any) artistic license is being taken with these visual representations?
  4. Is research data supposed to be public and in real time or does it benefit from the filtering and consideration that takes place later when a researcher would review the body of their notes and then make a report.
  5. Ethical considerations of using a for-profit service as a place to store your research data on someone else’s server.  Is this a privacy issue?  Is this a strange way to store notes?  This also allows your subjects/co-authors to view your notes.  Is this awkward?
  6. How does the ability to get feedback or “likes” affect what the researcher posts and shares online?
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