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This week I found links to: The TL Virtual Cafe's Open Mic with Joyce Valenza that attracted 138 participants. Gwyneth Jones was the moderator. Andrew Preater's discussion of ethnographies of next-gen catalogue users. Phillipe Blanchard's discussion of shared goals for sport. I expect current sport industry leaders to engage in attempts to master all kinds of data necessary to increase their legitimacy on one hand and become the ultimate storytelling platform for their sport and the other hand. Phillipe points to a Claire Ritchie observation: For a modern global sporting event, not having a fully functional communications infrastructure capable of withstanding an invasion of the...

Live Blogging Synchronous Sharing

Reading Stephen Downes' OLDaily is akin for me to entering Aladdin's Cave. My day starts with Stephen's newsletter and a piccolo latte. Yesterday I enjoyed Stephen's post on How to Get the Most out of a Conference and followed up on his link to Matt Thompson's post 5 reasons to liveblog instead of live tweeting. I liked the detail in Matt's post. I am keen to blog about the talks, workshops and conferences I attend. I do so out of a sense of privilege and of a commitment to open sharing. I use my Wordpress blog for my live blogging and tweet briefly...

Do People Who Have Lost Their Voice Have To Do It?

Introduction I undertook three years of fieldwork in two schools in the mid 1980s as part of my part-time PhD studies in the teaching of boys' physical education in the secondary school. Other than a chapter in a book of readings edited by Andrew Sparkes (1992) the only account of my work is in the thesis (1989). The thesis raised some sensitive issues and with the agreement of those in my fieldwork I placed a voluntary embargo on publication. Twenty-one years on all those involved have moved from the fieldwork schools and I would like to share some of the contents...

Writing Lives, Telling Stories

One of the highlights of last week for me was the Radio National Book Show program (12 August) that discussed Asne Seierstad's The Bookseller of Kabul. Ramona Koval discussed writing about life in fragile territories with Christina Asquith and Christina Lamb. The discussion raised very important issues about journalism, new fiction and ethical behaviour. Asne Seierstad has been sued in a Norwegian Court over breaches of privacy by one of the women portrayed in the book. According to one account of the case it was stated that "Seierstad had used inaccurate information in her accounts" and did not act...

Writing, Transparency and Confessional Tales

In 1988 I was enthralled by the publication of John Van Maanen's book Tales of the Field. An introduction to the book noted that: Once upon a time ethnographers returning from the field simply sat down, shuffled their note cards, and wrote up their descriptions of the exotic and quaint customs they had observed. Today scholars in all disciplines are realizing how their research is presented is at least as important as what is presented. Questions of voice, style, and audience—the classic issues of rhetoric—have come to the forefront in academic circles. My interest in John Van Maanen's work was amplified...