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Ursula K. Le Guin: A Rant About "Technology"
"One way to illustrate that most technologies are, in fact, pretty "hi," is to ask yourself of any manmade object, Do I know how to make one?

Anybody who ever lighted a fire without matches has probably gained some proper respect for "low" or "primitive" or "simple" technologies; anybody who ever lighted a fire with matches should have the wits to respect that notable hi-tech invention." Ursula le Guin with strong truth about technology and science fiction.
sf  writing  ursulaleguin  science  anthropology 
11 weeks ago by infovore
The Lost Tribes of New York City on Vimeo
Lovely: Creature Comforts meets "Hey There Little Fella". Totally charming.
video  nyc  anthropology  newyork  animation  stopmotion  interview 
april 2009 by infovore
Antisocial networking « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
"From where I stand, the only sane response is to keep our conceptions of friendship and affinity from being polluted by technical metaphors and constraints to begin with." Superb post by Adam Greenfield. Makes me question a lot of my recent design.
socialnetworking  society  networks  friendship  anthropology  community 
december 2007 by infovore
technogoggles: Things are actors too
"My old superviser once said to me ... that ANT was basically about being as granular in ethnographic work as possible and not taking anything as a given."
design  ubicomp  anthropology  ant  actornetworktheory 
june 2007 by infovore
Life With Alacrity: The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes
A perceptive and detailed analysis of the Dunbar Number - and why some of the hype around it is misguided.
society  social  software  anthropology  dunbar  structure  groups  research  sociology  network 
december 2006 by infovore

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