[sf-lug] Edward Janne's Final Questionnaire for Cultural Anthropology

Jesse Zbikowski embeddedlinuxguy at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 21:51:30 PDT 2009

Hi guys,

I enjoyed the lively discussion engendered by this survey.  It truly
illustrates what a wonderous thing it is when entire nuanced
worldviews can be serialized, shared and understood through the linear
medium of the alphabet. *cough*

I just wanted to make a couple of points in defense of two of the main
voices.  First I think it would be a misunderstanding to think that Mr
Moen intended to belittle anyone or had any mean intent in his
remarks.  Programmers must be like philosophers in our passion to
clarify the formulation of questions and answers.  When we get
interested in a problem, it's best not to take any opinions expressed
about your ideas too personally.  That said, personal styles differ.

Second I think any criticism about the validity of Mr Janne's program
of research on this list, to the effect that he was asking questions
here out of laziness instead of finding the answers himself, is wide
of the mark.  Indeed Mr Janne made it clear that he was not interested
in the "real" answers to his questions in any absolute sense, but
merely in how some of us might respond.  Of course these responses
could be given privately rather than shared with the list, but it
appears many people were interested, and it's easy enough to killfile
boring threads (technical problems being generally more fun and easy
to solve than social ones).

PS: From Port Authority take the A or C train uptown to Columbus Circle.


PPS: Another favorite joke: How far can a dog run into the woods?


Only halfway - then he's running out!

On Sat, Aug 1, 2009 at 11:04 AM, <tigakub at mac.com> wrote:
> Dear SF-LUG list members,
> I'm an animation student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
> As a part of my curriculum I'm taking a cultural anthropology class and I
> elected to study the San Francisco Linux Users Group for my final paper.
> The theme of the paper is how being a Linux User informs identity through
> ways of speaking, categories of people and things, and common likes or
> dislikes. My aim is to understand group identity from your point of view. I
> have tried my best to draft the questions to this end, but should you feel
> they are inadequate in any way, please feel free to say so in the response,
> and I welcome any suggestions as to how I might improve them. There are no
> wrong answers.
> There are eight questions, none of them mandatory. Some of you may have
> already answered a few on the mailing-list. If so please skip to the ones
> you have not, or feel free to elaborate.
> My paper is due at midnight, Wedesday 8/5/2009 but I will be fielding
> responses up till then.
> If you would like to receive a copy of my paper, please indicate so at the
> end of the questionnaire, and enter your e-mail in the space provided.
> Any data collected here is for the sole purpose of writing my paper and will
> not be used for any other. However, my paper will be graded, and will be
> archived at the Academy of Art University for possible perusal by faculty
> and students.
> Thank you all for your kind assistance and I look forward to reading your
> responses.
> Yours sincerely,
> Edward Janne
> Course information follows.
> Course Number: GS_603_OL5
> Course Title: Anthropology: Experiencing Culture
> Academy of Art University
> http://online.academyart.edu/
> I've invited you to fill out the form Edward Janne's Final Questionnaire for
> Cultural Anthropology. To fill it out, visit:
> http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dE40dGNrTU80aEdJeGFTVnFha3VGSHc6MA..
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