through the anthroscope, week two

one of the things that i often forget (though i try not to!) is that, while i may know what i'm talking about, not everyone else does.

it's like when keb and i talk about comic sans and we're not actually talking about a font.

or when js and i randomly restart the distracting game after not talking to each other for a few weeks. just because we feel like it.

for people who don't know what's going on, these would be very confusing situations.

 

when working on such a multifaceted site like this — where anthropology, food, fiction, and randomness all seem to collide together in a metaphorical math train wreck question — it's easy for me to forget that not everyone is approaching posts with the same background and understanding.

which is kind of ironic, really, when you think about the whole anthropology background thing.

 

so, for those of you who have been plugging away here, feeling like you might not know enough about anthropology, or for those who might appreciate a small refresher, here's a good starter/refresher clip about doing anthropology.

the phrase "doing anthropology" may seem a little awkward to those not as familiar with the field.

like most sciences, there are different schools of thought as to how anthropology is "done." this clip in particular focus on the more active fieldwork aspects rather than "armchair" anthropology. while fieldwork is an important aspect of anthropological fieldwork, it is important to remember that "doing anthropology" goes beyond the research stage, covering also the cumulation and creation of ethnographies and the subsequent critical discussions of research results.