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Assignment 2: Hacking Ethnography
Working in groups of up to four students, you will design and produce a contribution to a collection of public-facing resources on the theme of Hacking Ethnography. Your contribution can take one of several forms:
- An instructional video (for instance, to show how to use a certain tool to secure your data).
- A zine (for instance, to provide guidelines for how to protect the identities of your research participants).
- A curated list of resouces (for instance, to help qualitative researchers understand potential risks of data-saturated environments).
Regardless which format you chose, try to create your resource in such a way that it will be useful to others like you wondering what kinds of pratices they can adopt in the course of ethnographic research to protect research participants, secure data, and otherwise ensure that their research is ethical. We will discuss possible topics during tutorials in week 4.
When you have created your resource, choose a Creative Commons license under which to release your work into the public.
Create a video that conveys a useful skill in about 5--6 minutes.
Zines are a self-published format usually consisting of literally cut-and-pasted texts and graphics, traditionally reproduced using copying machines. They have been associated with a variety of subcultures, such as the punk scene of the seventies and riot grrrl scene of the nineties.
ABC No Rio, a famous cultural institution in New York, has the following advice for "new zinesters":
Look at a variety of zines before starting out on one of your own, to really take your time with the layout, and to think about how your zine might be different, depending on where you are in the world: does it have a sense of PLACE? Be specific and descriptive. ... Just to let you know, there are a LOT of punk rock zines out there, so if you're doing one, go the extra mile to make yours stand out.
You can find lots of examples of zines on archive.org. For additional inspiration, look at the zines created by Julia Evans and Nika Dubrovsky. You may also want to build on a template (though that may not exactly help with standing out).
What do we mean by curation? Allow us to quote liberally from this resource:
When a museum director curates, she collects artifacts, organizes them into groups, sifts out everything but the most interesting or highest-quality items, and shares those collections with the world. When an editor curates poems for an anthology, he does the same thing.
The process can be applied to all kinds of content: A person could curate a collection of articles, images, videos, audio clips, essays, or a mixture of items that all share some common attribute or theme. When we are presented with a list of the "Top 10" anything or the "Best of" something else, what we’re looking at is a curated list. Those playlists we find on Spotify and Pandora? Curation. "Recommended for You" videos on Netflix? Curation. The news? Yep, it's curated. In an age where information is ubiquitous and impossible to consume all at once, we rely on the curation skills of others to help us process it all.
Your curation shouldn't just be a grab bag of resources, but should be integrated into a cohesive whole that presents an argument.