Dirt Research [[201807121301 Rossiter, Ned. "Dirt Research"]]

  • 'Data consists of materials, details, inscriptions and symbols in motion. We gather or capture data and in so doing render it temporarily static to produce information and knowledge about the world.'

    • Tracing the shadows of dancers on the walls of a cave, whose movements are lit by dying candles.
      • Both the SUBJECT as well as the MEANS BY WHICH YOU SEE IT (medium?) are in constant flux
        • Ok bro but — this is just the allegory of the cave
        • Ok so lets not try to reinvent the wheel here but add an element: we are here tracing the shadows for others, interpreting rather than representing ((??))
  • 'The phrase ‘dirt research’ described the ‘direct’ method by which Canadian political economist and communications theorist Harold A. Innis (1894-1952) collected material for his research on economic history in Canada. The result of extensive travels across Canada, where he gathered oral testimonies on the staples industries (fur trade, cod sheries) and transport systems (rivers, railways) combined with exhaustive archival research, Innis’ method of dirt research sought to establish a ‘general organizing principle’ by which patterns of economic and social development could be understood ‘beyond the basic data’ (Watson).'