Tag Archives: Social Sciences

Aligned Anxieties: Rethinking Critiques of the Internet through the Anxieties of Web Professionals

The following is a paper I gave at the 2015 Theorizing the Web Conference on April 18. Below you will find: my presentation with audio, the video of the entire panel, and the backchannel conversation from Twitter. Thank you to the Theorizing the Web committee for putting on such a great conference and to the rest […]

It Knows the World: What the Wolfram Language Can Teach Anthropologists about the Problematic Nature of Ontological Approaches (#AAA2014)

Here is the prezi (with audio) of my presentation from the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting for 2014. It Knows the World: What the Wolfram Language Can Teach Anthropologists about the Problematic Nature of Ontological Approaches As anthropologists have become deeply entangled in debates of ontology, Wolfram Research developed a new multi-paradigm programming language that knows […]

The Problem Isn’t Just Facebook: It’s You Too.

Lately, news of the Facebook emotional contagion study and Facebook Messenger’s permissions, have flooded feeds and inboxes. The former was a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in June 2014. The paper described an experiment where the algorithm controlling some users’ news feeds were altered to show more “happy” or “sad” posts. Then, the subsequent […]

Tweeting Sweden: Complicating Anthropology through the Analysis of the World’s Most Democratic Twitter Account

Here is my presentation from this Spring’s Theorizing the Web Conference. Stream from #TtW14 Did you find this presentation interesting? You should watch the rest of the panel. Great stuff! You can watch the rest of the conference online too!

A Web Developer’s Reaction to Reading Latour

I read Bruno Latour’s We Have Never Been Modern and Reassembling the Social last week for class. Here is what it got me thinking about. Computer programming, although commonly thought of as involving mathematics, logic, and science, is in practice a creative process for making digital reproductions of non-digital entities and the practices that involve […]

I am going to Theorizing the Web! #TtW14

This April you will find me at Theorizing the Web in Brooklyn (April 25-26). Drop me a line if you will be there; We can meet up or come see me present on the Curators of Sweden and Digital Anthropology. Tweeting Sweden: Complicating Anthropology through the Analysis of the World’s Most Democratic Twitter Account Abstract […]

The Culture Concept

The culture concept — which overtime has been contrasted, combined, and entangled with the related concepts of society, personality, identity, symbolism and practice — weaves together the history and core philosophical and methodological debates of anthropology as a discipline. Yet, today the concept that lies at the center of what anthropology is and does is […]

Being a Curious Potential — #AAA2013 Presentation

This is the presentation I gave at the 2013 American Anthropological Association meeting in Chicago. Turn up on your speakers or headphones because audio is included. Enjoy!

Virtual Communities, Selves and Others

This semester I am taking a course in Digital Anthropology Dr. Josh Reno. We each have to lead discussion and write a short paper on one of the readings. Below is my short paper on one of this week’s readings. The Reading Boellstorff, Tom. 2012. Rethinking Digital Anthropology, in Digital Anthropology. Pp. 39-60. In “Rethinking […]

Ethnographic Analysis – Research Proposal Assignment [Part 2]

I am taking a graduate seminar this semester on ethnographic analysis with Dr. Douglas Holmes. The project for the term is to produce an exploratory research proposal. See part one, the research problem. Research Question & Hypothesis How are iamamiwhoami, Minecraft, and the Curators of Sweden Project situated within a practice of design and the […]