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April 3, 2007

Incantations for Muggles

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Posted by danah boyd

I love Etech. This year, i had the great opportunity to keynote Etech (albeit at an ungodly hour). The talk i wrote was entirely new and intended for the tech designer/developer audience (warning: the academics will hate it). The talk is called:

“Incantations for Muggles:
The Role of Ubiquitous Web 2.0 Technologies in Everyday Life”

It’s about how technologists need to pay attention to the magic that everyday people create using the Web2.0 technologies that we in the tech world think are magical. It’s quite a fun talk and i figured that some might enjoy reading it so i just uploaded my crib notes. It is unlikely that i said exactly what i wrote, but the written form should provide a good sense of the points i was trying to make in the talk.

I should give infinite amounts of appreciation to Raph Koster who took unbelievable notes during my presentation, letting me adjust my crib to be more in tune with what i actually said. THANK YOU! I was half tempted to not bother blogging my crib notes given the fantastic-ness of his notes, but i figure that there still might be some out there who would prefer the crib. Enjoy!

(PS: If you remember me saying something that i didn’t put in the crib, let me know and i’ll add it… i’m stunned at how many of you took notes during the talk.)

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1. James Grimmelmann on April 3, 2007 10:57 PM writes...

Academic. Don't hate it. Great talk!

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2. Bruce Mason on April 6, 2007 5:08 AM writes...

Academics hate it? I would be surprised if they did. One of the fascinations of web2.0 and culture lies in its unexpected developments and the "nomadic" use of it. Much post-structuralist theory is focussed around the "re-enchantment" of the world. All of which is to say that there's an interest in how although a cultural space may be designed one way it tends to get used another way. For example, Cantwell's deconstruction of the Festival of American Folklife, focuses on how the overtly "educational" rhetoric is undercut by the magic of chance encounters in between events.

For myself, I've been blogging about web2.0 and Forteana and the potential for different kinds of magic and folklore to emerge through the "noise".

So, I hope you develop your ideas further.

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3. bukanoid on April 15, 2007 1:28 AM writes...

Как попасть в передачу квартирный вопрос
Нет, ничего невозможного!!!

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4. Alice on May 18, 2007 8:13 AM writes...

Would you be interested in coming to b-TWEEN 07?
I think you might find it intresting.
More info on the website here:

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