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The Interviewee’s Role in the Qualitative Interview: Interpreter or Reporter?

The Interviewee’s Role in the Qualitative Interview: Interpreter or Reporter? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
In all sorts of research it is common to ask not only about behavior – When did you first begin smoking cigarettes? How often do you take a multivitamin? Where did you go on your most recent vacati...

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The Art of Curation: Great Content Curator Maria Popova from Brain Pickings [Interview]

The Art of Curation: Great Content Curator Maria Popova from Brain Pickings [Interview] | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

As more and more people and brands take to producing digital content, a group of individuals has arisen with the goal of filtering the wheat from the chaff. I had the pleasure of interviewing the curator of the popular site Brain Pickings, Maria Popova, and picking her brain on this topic. The role of people like Maria will only become more important in the future, and her insights are well-worth consideration.

 

Some excerpt:

- Content curators are the cultural barometers that help harness our inherent curiosity in the most meaningful way possible.

 

- The art of curation isn’t about the individual pieces of content, but about how these pieces fit together, what story they tell by being placed next to each other, and what statement the context they create makes about culture and the world at large. Every piece of content on Brain Pickings is hand-picked for embodying the sort of cultural interestingness at the core of our curatorial vision – it’s creative, compelling and makes a meaningful contribution to the world; it offers a justification to be curious and enriches you in the process of indulging that curiosity.

 

There are other many excellent points...

Highly recommended.

[read full article http://j.mp/o4hpaS]


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Many of her curated knowledge, her interpretations and insights, have changed how I see things, especially art, creativity, imagination, and knowledge in general. I could say the same about The Paris Review, but not as emphatically!

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The new semiotics of death

The new semiotics of death | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

The traditional social and cultural rituals and behaviours associated with death and the process of dying are under review to the extent that a new set of signs, symbols and cultural codes are emerging. In short, a new semiotics of death is emerging, one that will change the way we conduct our rituals, the way we behave and ultimately how we think about death in the 21st century.


Codes that symbolise death

 

Existing codesMasculinePowerlessnessTop-down authorityRitualised uniformityFormal and sombreMourningHidden/closedTemporal remotenessDecayDestructionOne-waySoul immortalityDownLinearity and finalityEmerging codesFeminineChoiceBottom-up responsivenessDiversity and personalisationInformal and funCelebrationRevealed/openNowGrowthConstructionTwo-way and interactiveVirtual immortalityUpCircularity and incompleteness


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 Meaning is like an engine  that creates and is generated by culture. I am amazed that we can catch these changes. 

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