Basically, you blog about 5 new blogs that you find interesting, with the authors’ permission of course.
1) Following a link (PDF file) about student ethnography from Borderland’s post on the first day back at school, took me on an intriguing virtual journey. The idea of students as ethnographers intrigues me (I first came across the idea in Critical Pedagogies and Language Learning), but a) I don’t really know what ethnography is, and b) I have no idea how a teacher might use it in class. (Apart from that, I’m all set.)
Borderland’s link gives a single reference: Egan-Robertson, A., & Bloome, D. 1998 Students as researchers of culture and language in their own communities. I tried to locate a copy using the Japanese university inter-library loan system, but the system I used could not locate a copy in Japan. I tried searching on Bloome, D. and found Writing Ourselves: Mass-Observation and Literacy Practices What is “Mass-Observation”? Google it. (and/or Wikipedia it). It seems Mass-Observation was a nationwide ethnographic project started in 1937 in the UK by poet and sociologist (and isn’t that an interesting combination?) Charles Madge. It lasted until the late 1950s and thus covers the years of the Second World War. The collected material is now housed in the University of Sussex.
The Mass-Observation project has been resurrected, in 1981. Here’s a page about writing for the project from the point of view of one the correspondents.
This page links the concept of Mass-Obervation with a BBC video documentary series that was inspired by Mass-Observation, and with vlogging (video blogging). The author also writes about audio as the “once-and-future medium” and gives an example of a “poet-reporter”. (I like this quote: “the way we find things is changing… it feels more like things are finding us: manufactured serendipity.”)
2) Then there is this story in the Guardian:
a new UK-based website displays the writing of survivors of torture and asylum seekers from all over the world
The article tells of Write to Life, a therapy project created by the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, a national centre based in Finsbury Park, north London. Some of those who have taken part in this therapy have gone on writing, and so a new website was created,
Lots of Big Ideas, which has been created to provide a platform for their work and that of other people with similar stories to tell. Lots of Big Ideas was partially inspired by Global Voices, the successful global citizens’ journalism site.
… which brings me back where I started.