E Dia

E dia ta na estado, cargando posibilidad cu ta crece den dje.
E dia ta suave, e ta tarda pa e lanta for di sonjo, ora e habri su wowonan e luz di solo ta mishi cu su curpa, e solo cayente poco poco ta yena su ser cu energia.
E ta bebe awa, pa kita su sed di e anochi prome. Aunque e no tin recuerdonan concreto di su sonjonan di ayera nochi, esakinan ta keda resona den su curpa, mane sonidonan lew yena di memorianan di dje of di otronan cerca di dje. 
Su prome roseanan ta caricia su curason, ta pone su bariga hari, su lombrishi ta krul un tiki, su pechonan ta lanta para fuere.
E dia ta na estado di posibilidad, e por tuma diferente trajectorianan,
cada un ta conduci na algo riba su mes fertil, yen di capacidad pa crea y duna cuminda na ideanan yena cu sentimientonan, of sentimientonan buscando ideanan pa concreta mes mas.
Diferente trajectorianan cu ta parse e rooinan cu ta split los di lama pa yega mondi, pero semper ta keda parti di e lama.
Su matris ta yena cu creatividad, cu ta busca caminda pa sali for di su curpa y ta cuminsa core for di tur su porionan. E ta cuminsa soda salo.
E salo ta dune mas sed.
E dia ta na estado, yena cu potential, colornan cu ta vibra
E dia ta lanta y ta cuminsa pa simpelmente ta
y despues e ta scohe unda pa bai y ki color -of combinashonan di colornan- di luz pa duna.


‘Prensa mester ta un spiel cu ta refleha e comunidad’

I was interviewed by the journalist Luis Villegas (the author of this article) of the local news paper Bon Dia Aruba on the occasion of Aruban press day where I elaborated broadly on the role of social media and news consumption in Aruba. The Interview was originally published here in Papiamento (The Native language of Aruba): Aruban newspaper ‘Bon Dia 24’ on September 1st, 2017

Relaciona cu dia di prensa, Bon Dia Aruba a acerca Nadia Dresscher-Lambertus, kende ta un sociologo na Universidad di Aruba pa combersa riba temanan manera e rol di prensa tradicional den un sociedad contemporaneo y polarisacion di medio di comunicacion.

Sra. Dresscher ta traha conhuntamente cu University of Amsterdam y ta specialisa den investigacionnan sociologico relaciona cu social media y media digital. Su trabou ta pa duna les na e universidad relaciona cu topiconan di sociologia, media y analisis di social networks. En particular sra. Dresscher ta haciendo investigacion pa su PhD relaciona cu politica riba Facebook na Aruba.

“Mi ta siguiendo politiconan riba social media desde cuminsamento di 2013 te cu fin di 2016. Dus mi tin un bista den e tempo cu politica riba Facebook tabata algo relativamente nobo te cu awo, unda cada politico y partido tin nan presencia riba social media.”

Sra. Dresscher ta splica cu e ta studia en particular e networks politico cu ta wordo forma riba social media, pero tambe cua ta e problemanan cu ta wordo treci dilanti den politica, e actornan cu ta trece esaki dilanti y e manera con nan ta trece e problemanan dilanti.

Rol di prensa tradicional den clima contemporaneo
Cu evolucion den tecnologia nos ta wak un cambio den diferente area, y seguramente den area di comunicacion y prensa. Medionan tradicional manera corant, radio y television ta haya nan mes den un situacion unda mester adapta na e clima of core riesgo di bira irelevante. Sinembargo, sra. Dresscher ta di opinion cu e medionan tradicional ta y lo keda importante. “Mi ta kere cu e contexto den cual e medionan tradicional ta opera a cambia”. Segun e sociologo, ta papia kinan di e concepto di hybrid media systems. Esaki el a splica cu ta ora medionan tradicional ta traha den medio digital tambe.

Sra. Dresscher ta duna un ehempel di un corant cu tin su grupo di persona como objetivo, pero cu por yega tambe na personanan cu no ta lesa corant via social media, y vice versa cu personanan cu no tin social media. Ademas, den e clima contemporaneo cu social media e noticia no ta bin cu e intencion preciso cu e autor a pone p’e. Sinembargo e ta expresa cu ‘nunca e noticia tabata wordo ricibi exactamente cu e intencion di e autor, tur hende ta percibi cosnan na diferente manera y nos tur ta formula nos opinion di e noticia’.

“E noticia ta bin cu ful un aura for di tur e hendenan cu a comenta riba dje. Dus bo por bisa cu bo ta lesa e noticia hunto cu otronan. E ta un experiencia hopi mas interactivo”.

E mesun dinamismo aki, sra. Dresscher ta splica, ta influencia e ciclo di noticia. “Den pasado por tabata e caso cu e prensa ta determina e agenda y prioridadnan di noticia, pero awendia nos ta wak cada biaha cu nos tin mas influencia riba esaki. Nos tambe ta construi media.”

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Notes on Ethnography as part of a mixed methods research process

This post is a short wrap-up on ponderings on combining ethnography in a more focused form as part of an assemblage of other methods

I’ve been reflecting the last couple of days on what makes ethnography distinctive in practical terms as a method. How does it differ from its other sister methods in their family of qualitative methods. For me the core of what makes ethnography different from other qualitative approaches is that you engage in firsthand research employing yourself (yes yourself!) as the primary research instrument. Your own and direct experiences with the object/phenomenon you are studying becomes the lens through which data is gathered and interpreted. That is why I find ethnography a bit intimidating, as you can imagine, this comes a with a lot of ethical responsibilities (okay all research methods do, but with ethnography you have to be more aware of how you write your subjects into texts).

When thinking about traditional ethnographic texts the first ones that come to mind are monographs in the style of Levi Strauss’ ‘Savage Mind’, or, to name a more contemporary example, ‘Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist takes to the Streets’ by Sudhir Venkatesh. And when thinking about these examples I can’t help by getting a bit intimidated by their ‘thickness’ (Glifford, 1973) in description and the self-assurance that splashes from their writing. The authors are truly ethnographic craftsmen; They sketch the setting with such descriptive intensity and skilled nuance by delving into the complexities of their object of study without fear. They do this in such a sincere way, justifying the interpretation of the data carrying the flow of experience that was caught by their agile senses which were constantly aiming at unobtrusively letting the subjects be, at keeping their voices intact. And all this in a methodological accountable manner: while describing how they as ethnographers systematically and carefully went about the detangling of complexity and how they have arrived at their interpretations.

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I’m joining #AcWriMo

This year I’m joining Academic Writing Month, aka #AcWriMo.

November is the writing month!  Academics have their own version of National Novel Writing Month called ‘Academic Writing Month’, better known in the twittersphere as #AcWriMo. The idea was announced here by the academic writing website PhD2Published.

studying#AcWriMo revolves around the following principles:

Formulate a goal. Put time in your calendar (days of november) to work on it. The essence is having a concrete goal you commit to and work towards achieving. This concrete goal is in GTD terms a ‘project’ that you break down into smaller actionable (manageable) pieces (e.g. write 350 words a day, edit or revise a piece you have already written down, write for 2 hours a day, or say 4 pomodoros etc.). It’s important for you to state daily accomplishable goals.

Declare it to the world! There is an accountability factor to #AcWriMo. You are not alone, there is a whole public revolving around the twitter hashtag #AcWriMo. That’s how I came across the phenomenon; on twitter.  In a google doc spreadsheet  you can state your overall goal, plan (strategy) and actual achievement progress. What makes the experience special, is the feeling that you form part of a community. A writing community comes into being thanks to the hashtag/spreadsheet. You are part of a community of academics around the world all working towards a writing goal. On the meta level we are more aware also of the writing process on itself. This accountability factor works for me very well. At work I’m part of a small phd accountability group and you can’t imagine how awesome it is to discuss your progress with others; we support each other. Even if I don’t know the people using the hashtag, or the ones who have written down there names in the spreadsheet -personally-, you can read about their progress, you feel connected to them. This makes the writing process a more humane and social process.

Draft a strategy. Instead of ‘binging’ in order to accomplish a paper deadline and feel ‘fried’ afterwards (I have completed a couple of papers this way) you can spend some time thinking and reflecting in order to come up with a more sustainable writing strategy. It’s more than just planning. It’s also a mental preparation thing, envisioning yourself writing and preparing the physical and media-saturated environment for the cause (cleaning your desk of all distracting stuff or stop checking your Facebook newsfeed). It’s about setting time during the day, during the week, and in the month of November, in order to progressively accomplish your goal. PhD2Published emphasizes the importance of having a strategy as follow:

Don’t start AcWriMo without doing a bit of planning and preparation. Get some reading done, carve out time slots in your schedule to dedicate to writing, even buy your favorite coffee

Keep track of your progress (and talk about it with others!). You will see that writing is a labor of love, the more you invest in it, the better you will become at it. Academic writing on itself is a multifaceted process. it’s about developing writing habits and skills that can help you advance as a writer. This involves: planning, mind-mapping, drafting the structure of the paper, reading and taking notes, writing a specific part, feed-backing, concretizing your arguments, re-writing, (killing darlings) and did I say re-writing?! But also other ‘stuff’ like having more patience, dedication, discipline, a writing routine, structure, taking breaks and celebrating each step of the way. This article on 10 ways  you can write everyday taught me how to start perceiving academic writing in diverse ways than just putting words in a linear way on a blank paper/screen. Doing all this in a crowd is the added-value, it’s like being part of a cool party of writers.

Although November is a busy month for me full of other responsibilities, I will do my utmost in keeping my daily writing goals.