Monday, June 1, 2009

readings for 6/2

  1. In this reading, Machin states, “I have found that it is very difficult to accept what people say about exactly what they do.” I agree with this statement due to the fact that people want to be perceived a certain way by others. He goes on to say that ethnography allows the researcher to find out which programs a person watches because the researcher will be watching the program with you. However, won’t the presence of the researcher affect the programs the subject chooses to watch?
  2. Machin uses the triangulation as the way the ethnography can look at things from different angles. What angles specifically?

  1. I found it interesting that the men agreed to partake in the interview on the basis that they were frequent viewer of soap operas. They put on a fake façade that they found soap operas to be absurd, and that they were for women, who are frequently at home. Why did they feel the need to categorize soap operas as being only for women when they themselves were frequent viewers?
  2. The interviewees were all different, and different from the type of people Seiter usually interviewed. Why is it beneficial to interview people from different spectrums who do not necessarily agree with your views?

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