Metaphors we live by [5]

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [19]

Within the span of about an hour, yet from two opposite sides of the globe.

A love letter to fellow ‘anti-KonMari’ researchers

On top of the strong hoarding instinct that I apparently was born with, I am a firm believer that inspiration comes from everywhere. This means that research in my dictionary is synonymous with trying not to drown in files and notes. Here is a playlist I am compiling for my kind of people.

What matters isn’t your writing software, it’s your file structures (sorry!) (Katherine Firth, Research Degree Insiders, 16 July 2020)

The morality of writing ‘well’ (Katherine Firth, Research Degree Insiders, 8 July 2021)

File not found: A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans (Monica Chin, The Verge, 22 September 2021)

Why computing belongs within the social sciences (Randy Connolly, Communications of the ACM 63(8): 54-59)

Report examines emerging field of computational social science (Ed Grover, NCRM, 27 October 2021)

Lockdown #donelist [4]

I have participated in something. 👩‍💻

The four dimensions of feedback [3]

A very helpful thread. Resonates with why I like using the metaphor of a “perpetual stew” in thesis writing workshops. 🍲

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [18]

[지금 SNS에선] 출산지도 (이영경, 경향신문, 1 January 2017)

‘저출산 극복’이 목적이라고 밝혔지만, 현실에서는 ‘성희롱’이 됐다. 포털 등에는 입에 담기 민망한 성폭력적 댓글이 달리고, 게임 ‘포켓몬고’에 빗대어 ‘빈자궁고’ ‘XX몬고’라고 부르는 말까지 생겼다.

#pearls [2]

But seriously, why Twitter threads? 😭 So ephemeral…

Known unknowns

The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here’s why. (Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, 15 April 2020; crossposted 16 December 2020)

Brain fog, phantom smells and tinnitus: my experience as a Covid ‘long hauler’ (Hannah Davis, The Guardian, 5 August 2020)

COVID-19 survivors are losing their hair — Here’s why (Joni Sweet, Healthline, 22 August 2020)

Teeth grinding, facial pain have increased due to stress from COVID-19 (Nancy Schimelpfening, Healthline, 24 November 2020)

Parosmia: ‘The smells and tastes we still miss, long after Covid’ (BBC, 6 February 2021)

Call for investigation of menstrual changes after Covid jabs (BBC, 16 September 2021)

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [17]

[An San a été] harcelée par des personnes avec des idées du Moyen Âge mais des moyens techniques du 21ème siècle. C’est souvent un mélange très compliqué, et c’est un mélange particulièrement explosif en Corée du Sud.

(From 0:52 in; any error in transcription is mine.)

While we are at it, let me plug in a couple of passages I wrote earlier.

In his work titled “Korea’s Crisis of Success,” Byung-Kook Kim (1997, pp.130–131) argues that the poor health of Korean party politics after the democratic transition is due to the lack of viable new “software” for running the “hardware” instituted and consolidated since 1987. Kim’s argument has nothing to do with the Internet, let alone Web 2.0, but a useful parallel can be drawn from it. To paraphrase him, Web 2.0 has not presented a linear progression towards a higher level of interactivity and of citizen participation in the Korean case, because the country’s market dynamics as well as its institutional dynamics (“software”) are not in keeping with its rapid technological and infrastructural development (“hardware”), and this somehow hinders creative interpretations of Web 2.0 on the part of individual users.

Lee, Y. (2009). ‘Internet Election 2.0? Culture, Institutions, and Technology in the Korean Presidential Elections of 2002 and 2007’. JITP 6(3): 312-325.

From investigating the ways in which the Internet was conceptualised and positioned in the arena of Korean politics from 2002 to 2007, my principal finding is a tension at play in Korean society — a highly technologically advanced society grounded in very traditional notions of institutions. To be more specific, the interplay between the existing institutional values (including legal frameworks, Confucian ethos, and the 1980s’ pro-democracy movement tradition) and what the Internet offers (both technically and metaphorically) was possibly the most significant factor that this study has identified.

Lee, Y. (2009). Internet-Facilitated Political Mobilisation: A Case Study of Nosamo, the Supporters Network of the 16th President of South Korea. PhD thesis, UoL.

Despite its significant political potential demonstrated, the Eonsoju case illustrates how ‘fragile’ P2P organising can be vis-à-vis legal and other institutional forces (see also Etling et al., 2010). […] the significance of the present study lies in the fact that it has thrown up some fundamental questions. One of them is whether horizontally networked efforts such as Eonsoju will ever be able to match up to vertically aligned institutions, especially in societies like Korea where the latter have always been more prominent (Lee, 2009b). Another question is, in a broader interpretation of the findings of Etling et al. (2010) and Dean (2005), how then to create a system that is more ‘responsive’ to the needs and opinions expressed through such networks and harness their democratising potential. Cyberspace is often presented as a clever means of circumvention for bottom-up initiatives, but the life of Eonsoju depicted here highlights that such initiatives cannot be a sustainable solution without being grounded in a physical world that is responsive to and supportive of grassroots development.

Lee, Y. (2016). The fragile beauty of peer-to-peer activism: The public campaign for the rights of media consumers in South Korea. NMS 18(10): 2254-2270.

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [16]

Finally a positive one in this ongoing series.