By alexbeaudin | August 9, 2013

Chocolate Stout.

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I’m a weird one

By alexbeaudin | June 6, 2012

I have a very strange relationship with technology. I love it. All of it. As you can probably tell by the title of the blog, I’m an anthropologist. I study how people use technology. I’m currently working on how companies use social media and how this compares to and contrasts with how individuals use social…

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technology and culture

By alexbeaudin | March 15, 2012

I’ve been studying technology use and the effects of technology on culture for a while now. Because of this (or because I’m just weird, either one could be the reason) I have an affinity, a love, an obsession with vintage, antique, and analogue technologies. I have a really nice digital camera, but I choose to…

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is technology making English obsolete?

By alexbeaudin | March 7, 2012

During my senior year in undergrad, I wrote a term paper discussing the changes taking place in communication technology using Chatroulette as a subject and I performed a sort of “mini-ethnography”. What I found was that using the internet, email, instant message, Skype, text message, and Chatroulette was not changing communication fundamentally as much as…

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the word “sustainable” is becoming unsustainable

By alexbeaudin | January 23, 2012

It would seem that we’re over-using some words these days. Each year Lake Superior State University compiles a list of words that are voted on for over-use. These words are then listed as “banned”. While they’re not actually banned words, they are just used much too often and become annoying to enough people to get…

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is it possible to save a “vanishing” culture?

By alexbeaudin | January 6, 2012

So, not too long ago I came across this article from NPR. The title of the article poses a particularly interesting question, at least to anthropologists, “Can Photos Save A Vanishing Culture?” The idea of “vanishing” cultures has been plaguing anthropologists since the field came into existence in the 19th century. The goal of anthropology…

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