Griffin, A.,and May, V. (2012). Narrative Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Summary)

Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis is a method used to interpret peoples’ experiences. This method is heavily influenced by Hermeneutics, which views all communication as interpretation. IPA places the researcher as a storyteller, or more of a narrator to the participants’ story. Therefore, the importance is not necessarily on avoiding researcher bias, but on explicitly illuminating it … Continue reading Griffin, A.,and May, V. (2012). Narrative Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Summary)

Zaharias, P., Michael, D., & Chrysanthou, Y. (2013). Learning through Multi-touch Interfaces in Museum Exhibits: An Empirical Investigation (Summary)

This study sought to compare the experiences of student experiences of museum tours in different forms. They studied a group of students who went through traditional guided museum tours and another group who did a virtual museum tour on a touch-based application.  Their goal was to assess both the learning outcomes of each mode of … Continue reading Zaharias, P., Michael, D., & Chrysanthou, Y. (2013). Learning through Multi-touch Interfaces in Museum Exhibits: An Empirical Investigation (Summary)

Thoughts on Linguistics and the Production of Newsfeeds

Catenaccio (et al.) illuminate the importance of a linguistic analysis of the news process, rather than a product based only analysis. The authors describe news as retelling; taking the meaning from one discourse and translating into another. This directly relates to many of the big methods and concepts of applied anthropology. Regardless of the field, … Continue reading Thoughts on Linguistics and the Production of Newsfeeds

Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Noble's book discusses how oppressive decisions are reinforced via algorithms. Since algorithms are programmed by developers, this shows a huge issue. Through multiple case studies, Noble shows that there are clear issues when it comes to what pages show up in searches related to race and gender. I think this text is an important wake-up … Continue reading Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians

Over the past two decades, the internet has touched every aspect of our lives, changing how we shop, learn -- even how we date. And while it represents technological progress and the promise of future innovation, it has also proven to be an invaluable resource for those interested in the past. Where genealogical researchers once … Continue reading Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians

How to Market History with Social Media

The Charleston Museum was the first museum in the U.S., opening in 1824. Since the 19th Century, museums have advanced in archival, storage and exhibition techniques. Yet the experience many museums offer to visitors is still severely outdated, especially in an age of ever-expanding digital technology. How Visitors Experience Museums The museum experience is extremely … Continue reading How to Market History with Social Media

Using Social Media to Increase Your Museum’s Reach

Long before Google's Arts & Culture App went viral when people realized they could upload their selfies to be matched to historical paintings, the app existed to share great works of art with the masses. Certainly, the sensational nature of the matching feature has increased traffic and usage of the app -- and, that makes … Continue reading Using Social Media to Increase Your Museum’s Reach

Augmented Reality Enhancing Museum Exhibits Across the Globe

You may remember the release and subsequent popularity of the Pokemon Go up that sparked a widespread interest in the use of augmented reality (AR) to enhance the user experience. One place that Augmented reality is really taking off is in museum exhibits, not just in the United States but throughout the world. This increase … Continue reading Augmented Reality Enhancing Museum Exhibits Across the Globe