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Re: [xmca] Deb Roy: The birth of a word Discussion
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Vandy Wilkinson from Japan.
It seems to me that suddenly technology is on the table, with this
discussion, re: now Larry Purss' comments.
What I have to say that seems to me urgently connected to our present
here in Japan, where we catch scenes of people in shelters, two elderly
people suddenly being found yesterday, still alive, And these clips are
beyond "journalism". There is more information for those with eyes
trained to see. So how can one, then, access stored information and
present an edition to show what needs to be shown and demonstrated.
I just saw a clip of Rachel Maddow introducing a clip
which shows people in a taxi, ditching the taxi and running for it, and
getting up the stairs of a concrete building just as the tsunami smashed
into it. This clip from a hand held camera somehow got onto national
no, international, TV and had NO funding. Research that can be done
from that short clip! If you add up the clips and put them together,with
a narrative idea and this digitized material, both from the sky and the
ground, everything that happened here, even if we can't get a complete
picture of it, it is logged, filed, and searchable. At this point,
various academics, geographers, communication experts, psychologists,
community workers, sociologists, social workers, with their various
frames of reference (strategic choices, scanning information, making
expedient choices, and witnessing group action and so on, plus what can
be seen from the higher perspective of the upper floor will sort out
what there is to be learned from this.
So much was learned from the Sumatra 2004 earthquake and it made a big
difference now in Japan. Clearly understanding the advances in early
warning systems, the patterns of what happens, geographically and
socially, the 250,000 who perished then did not die in vain.
In research, it is the level of attention which guides the eye to see,
and the patience to edit. Technology has advanced to rapidly so as to
put very high level equipment in the hands of ordinary people, for
example, running from a tsunami (that was not ordinary, by any
evaluation). Piaget altered the course of his study with the addition
of his own children to the research mix. That must be relevant to the
passion to study and the intention to follow a thread. What I am
saying is that very powerful technology is already in the hands of
ordinary untrained people who see extra-ordinary things, but trained
experts can then see what was going on and make informed sense of it.
There is much, very much available without simply enormous budgets to
record, describe, analyze, and present very subtle and advanced
knowledge. I hope this makes sense.
So much focus on budget and technology, when the real trick is to use
what you have when you need it. To see what you have when it is being
used as something else/ for something else, but can be turned to another
I can see that technology is so very very valuable and has a price.
But we already have so much digitally stored and so much access to so
so that the time to ponder and study and present it is somehow more
(2011/03/20 10:30), Martin Packer wrote:
The 2011 budget request for the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is $1,368,894,000. That's one fancy basement you have!
On Mar 19, 2011, at 7:59 PM, Andy Blunden wrote:
Well it was great viewing, Deb Roy's presentation certainly spurred me to improve my own presentation style. But it didn't test any claim about speech development, and was surely never intended to prove or discover anything about speech development. Except that to do any work in this area you need a vast array of expensive audio-visual and computer equipment and a team of dozens of research assistants. Gone are the days when a hand-held video camera would let you do meaningful research into child development.
Note that this reinforces the major malady of our times: the conception that on one hand there is little individual me with no capacity to do anything except massage my own preferences, and on the other hand the mighty institutions and forces of society with their billion-dollar machines and vast organisations, who decide everything .
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