Archive for March 14, 2009

Where have all the geeks gone?

Posted in Musings on March 14, 2009 by xxxicana

So, yesterday in my “Native Peoples of Latin America” class, we were discussing the ethics of ethnographic film.  I posed the question, do we (western anthropologists) have the right to enter into other people’s villages, homes, or lives to film?  I asked, should anthropologists be held to the “Prime Directive.”

deathly silence . . . . no one knew what I was talking about!!  I asked, don’t you people watch Star Trek?  no response.  “uhhh, no”, braved one young soul.  Akk!  What is this world coming to ????


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I guess my coolness quotient fell by many points.  What the heck do young people watch these days?