I enter with a “What’s it like to think/feel/be from this perspective?” – and I always walk away enriched with knowledge I can apply elsewhere.

Yeah. Shame. There was an “online ethnography” attempt a few years ago but it’s on a website with broken PHP, old articles and smells of dust mites and rot.

I never cared for the stereotyping in anthropology… but ethnography is uniquely fascinating because it looks at people from a simultaneous subjective/objective perspective. Very rare indeed.

Example: When I first heard of bronies a few years ago, I quickly learned what i could about the general perspective of bronie-dom and wrote a defense-of bronies for a wider population (the early Google+… 2011 I think?) – anyway, ended up gaining me several hundred brony friends because, “I understood them”. And I do. Yet, I’m not part of the group either.

It’s the perspective I have whenever I find a group fascinating. Last was Philosophers / Logicians. I concluded my study last night. I enter with a “What’s it like to think/feel/be from this perspective?” – and I always walk away enriched with knowledge I can apply elsewhere.

If I haven’t _personally_ found myself changed by the experience, then I’m not finished yet. Took me nine months.

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