hypergeertz

  Last term some students complained that Evans-Pritchard’s classic “Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande” (1937) was no more to be found in our library. All the copies we held on stock apparently have been stolen. Which is a shame. Furthermore the students informed me that the German version of the book is out of print for several years already. A shame all the more. Those dreaded copyright restrictions—at least the classical texts of anthropology, indispensable for coursework, should be available online. In the case of the German version of Evans-Pritchard’s above mentioned book the situation is a little … Continue reading

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crabs galore

  Salvador Dalí—remember, the fellow who coined the term ‘liquid television’, for whatever that means—once put a lobster upon the lap of a naked beauty. Nice contrast, that was. Then he went on and replaced a vintage telephone’s receiver by a lobster. Even better contrast, I’d say … crustacean vs. technology. The next step would have been to place said animals into technology-soaked sci-fi environments of the post-apocalyptic kind. Dreams come true and it’s amazing to see how certain topoi creep up again and again. Mike K. Nowak visited E3 and found out that during the last year or so … Continue reading

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social sciences software licence madness

  The day before yesterday an ↑entry called GABEK was posted to ↑ethno::log announcing a new qualitative research method, additionally a link was placed to ‘the method’s website’ gabek.com. It was stated that the method could well be of use for the practitioners of sociocultural anthropology, and the readers were wished to have fun in learning more about the method at said website. Marked as a ‘plus’ it was said that ‘we’ could invite the method’s creator for giving a lecture at ↑my institute. At first glance this kind of posts is an instance of what the blogosphere is good … Continue reading

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game pleasures and media practices

One more time something on the workshop ↑Understanding media practices at the ↑9th EASA Biennial Conference. Very interesting to me is ↑Elisenda Ardevol‘s paper on “Game pleasures and media practices”, as it’s very close to my project:  This paper will explore the concept of media practice related to the social uses of the new technologies of information and communication in everyday life, focusing on a specific cultural form such as videogames. Videogames can be seen as an intersection of two different logics: narrative representation, characteristic of the audiovisual culture, and the pleasure of play, characteristic of the game culture. Playing … Continue reading

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understanding media practices

The workshop ↑Understanding media practices at the ↑9th EASA Biennial Conference is complete and all abstracts of the papers to be presented are online—very worthwhile for everyone interested in media anthropology or even cyberanthropology. Here is the workshop’s long abstract:  In recent years, anthropologists have taken a great interest in the study of media. A plethora of ethnographic studies, three media anthropology readers, one historical survey of this research area and the EASA Media Anthropology Network are some examples of this growing interest. Although this area of research is marked by a high degree of theoretical and empirical diversity, most … Continue reading

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way faster

  For the very first time I was faster than boingboing, way faster. One year and one month faster, to be exact. On 20 April 2005 I posted a story called ↵unrealised moscow triggered by the entry ↑soviet metropolis at hinterding, dated 16 April 2005. Just yesterday Cory Doctorow posted an entry at boingboing, also pointing to ↑The Architecture of Moscow from the 1930s to the early 1950s. Unrealised projects, triggered by the entry ↑Soviet Architecture Never Built (awesome photos) at digg, dated 21 May 2006. Obviously the staff at boingboing were so ashamed of their lameness in posting this … Continue reading

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bosozoku paris

  In 1976—when Elvis Presley was still alive—Claude Lelouch mounted a movie-camera to the grill of a 6.9 liter Mercedes and raced through Paris, reaching a top-speed of 200 km/h at approaching La place de la Concorde. Lelouch raced for 10 minutes until he reached his destination—he couldn’t go longer as the film on the reel didn’t allow more. The result is the short movie ↑“C’était un Rendez-Vous”—uncut. You can watch the movie e.g. at ↑axe-net, ↑dvblog, and ↑cyberpunkcafe. There are quite some myths spread: That the car was a Ferrari 275 GTB, and that the driver was a friend … Continue reading

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cyberpunk reading list

  Bruce Sterling’s compilation of ↑what should be in every cyberpunk library is all very well, but have a look at ↑The Cyberpunk Reading List! Now I know what I am going to do the next 1001 nights. Just some examples for you to dig, like Victor Milan’s “The Cybernetic Samurai”: “After a limited nuclear exchange, scientists in Japan work to create the first artificial consciousness. Trained in the way of Bushido—the warrior code—it unifies Japan through its influence in an effort to stop WW4.” Plus its sequel “The Cybernetic Shogun”: “The offspring of the cybernetic samurai disagree about what … Continue reading

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