Neighborhood Narratives London

Mapping Opinions
April 20, 2007, 2:26 pm
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My project involved gathering opinions about what I think is an important global issue. What i wanted to do was see if other people cared about global warming like I do, or if it is not important to them. So what I did was set out to areas with a good concentration of people. I chose to go around to different pubs in order to gather the opinions that I needed. Using the bluetooth function on my cell phone, I took a poll in these different pubs. I asked “Poll: Is global warming an important issue to you?” I found it difficult to get responses, although I did get some. Some of the opinions that I mapped were of people that I actually spoke to. I think that gathering opinions through the bluetooth is effective because it is completely randomized. You do not know who it is you are communicating with. It is sort of like observing something from the outside, but not totally because you are directly communicating with a group of people. I think that completing this exercise from different pubs was a good idea. It is a relaxed atmosphere with a lot of people. I made my own opinion maps based on what types of responses I found at the pubs. The green circles represent people that think global warming is an important issue, and the red x’s represent people who do not. Here are the pictures of the maps that I made. Overall, I feel that this project ran smoothly in class. It was nice to have this at the end of the day. It gave us all a chance to relax after all of our projects.

Our Last Class
January 28, 2007, 7:57 pm
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I thought that we had a great class last time. Our trip to the Globe theater was very worthwhile. I felt like I learned a lot about Shakespeare and about the British people in general. Theater has always been a large part of society here, and I think it was very important to get an up close view of the Globe. Our walk to Soho was interesting. The spots that we each stopped at to film our videoblogs were all significant places. Learning about John Snow  and the evolution of disease and how the waterpump affected so many people were all of great value to me.  This type of map, along with the cradle to grave exhibit were two examples of simple maps that can provide a great deal of information. By looking at these, and other types of maps we can learn so much about individuals and society. I thought that the activities that we did were very relevant to our class.

My Bag
January 28, 2007, 6:47 pm
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I had very few items inside my bag. They were:

1. A notebook

2. A journal

3. A Sharpie

4. A pen

5. Flight Itinerary

From these items, I do not think that one could tell a whole lot about me. In general, I think that looking at items from someone’s bag can help to identify that person, but it would be an incomplete discription. However, I do feel that you could tell that I am a simple person from looking at my bag. I had only a few items that were necessities to me. After thinking about this exercise, I realized that it holds no long-term impact for me.