links for 2009-02-13

by Dina on February 13, 2009 · 0 comments

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  • Good commentary on Virtual Ethnography:

    "Online and in-person are parts of the same domain of social experience. I find that a lot of talk about “virtual ethnography” misses this and instead attempts to explore Internet relationships and behaviour as if they are completely different and unrelated to their informants’ in-person lives."

    "Actively sharing yourself, participating on equal terms is the cornerstone of participant observation, giving you the best possible opportunity to experience what your informants are experience. And it is the central way to build trust with people online. Actions do speak louder than words online. Much louder. And it is perfectly possible to do online participant observation."

  • Was chatting with Shefaly about cognitive-affective-conative processes of our minds. And the old logic-emotion conundrum. Here's a good read on Conation – the least researched perhaps?

    "Emotions are an essential element of the energizing component of conation. Our minds and bodies have a natural tendency towards equilibrium or homeostasis. This process has been studied as it applies to emotion (e.g., Solomon, 1980) as well as to a variety of other conditions (e.g., cognitive consistency, Festinger, 1957; the development of intelligence, Piaget, 1972; and eating, Spitzer & Rodin, 1981). In general, the potential for pleasure resulting from striving and obtaining dreams, desires, and goals must outweigh the discomfort of change or fear of failure if action is to be taken."

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