But now, I feel optimistic. Not about the OLPC project. But because that project is enabling something important.
A short podcast episode on Longfellow and Hiawatha. That podcast is usually on artificial languages. What's interesting here, apart from the reference to anthropologists, is the notion of cross-cultural communication. Actually, the episode is rather culturally-sensitive. Even the title ("Being the Alien") and some comments at the end of the episode does connect science-fiction with (Earth) anthropology.
A short piece on Tim O’Reilly’s “Radar” blog about anthropologist Stephen Lansing explaining the benefits of a local irrigation model in Bali. Typical applied anthro stuff. Nice to see geeks are listening now.
Maureen Dowd NYT Didn’t See It Coming, Again (via The Neil Rogers Show)
One smart anthropologist reinforcing the idea that “mirroring” – assuming other cultures think like us – doesn’t work would be a lot more helpful than all of the discredited intelligence agencies . . .
So, the psychological concept of projection applied to cultural contacts. Not sure which anthropologist coined the term but it does make sense in an anthropological context.
The piece as a whole is rather typical NYT op-ed. Still, it’s interesting to see references to applied anthropology in such a context.