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The Joseph Campbell Method of Social Science Research

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Sunday Reading

Lately I’ve been enjoying The New Inquiry’s Sunday Reading feature, which is meta-curated by Aaron Bady. In fact, one of my own articles was featured one time, which totally made my day. Dude, I made it into Sunday Reading a

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Evil enregisterment

My last Silverstein post was such a hit, I thought I’d give you all a little more on indexicality and enregisterment. In this case, That Mitchell and Webb Look gives us evil indexicality and enregisterment. I put the video up

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I’ve read 45 of 100 books on this list: Discourse analysis edition

I’ve been seeing the “I’ve read n of these 100 books” list going around recently on Facebook. Since I’m in the midst of some background reading, and I always wonder what else I should read, it occurred to me that

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Frame analysis humor (Can I use this chair?)

Reading: Goffman, E. (1974). Frame analysis: An essay on the organization of experience. Cambridge, MA: Harvard. Goffman was a sociologist, but he wrote like a philosopher. In Frame Analysis he pushes some ideas out pretty far, thinking about how many

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I’ve been Garfinkeled

In class on Friday, we were challenged to try out a breaching experiment in the Harold Garfinkel style: to respond to someone in a social setting in an unexpected way, and see how they react. (The professor’s example was the

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I <3 auto-antonyms

Submitted to Stan Carey’s limerick contest: Auto-antonyms, sanction I must: When I dust, I may add or take dust! “Yeah, right!”’s your impression, But this begs the question, And leaves me now feeling nonplussed. I have always loved them, but

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