Wednesday, December 18, 2002


"US researchers have turned to reality TV to find out what people really do with their gadgets. They have produced a fly-on-the-wall documentary about how families across the world get to grips with communication technologies like mobiles and e-mail. We wanted to hear how the families experienced these technologies and bring these stories back to the people who design new products, said Dr Jay Melican, who led the year-long project."

This brings to mind classroom discussions around the viability of documentaries and biographies as ethnographic data. Writing culture is a tricky process.


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