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Car Chases and Org Change

Why Did I Watch?

Last evening I sat down to watch TV and there was breaking live news story of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) chasing a white pickup truck. The suspect had been changing lanes erratically.  When the CHP attempted to pull the truck over on an LA freeway the driver had fled off to surface streets.  I invested 30 minutes in watching this play out live, what’s up with that?  I have to admit it was annoying and mesmerizing at the same time, I couldn’t bring myself to change the channel, I didn’t want to miss the ending.

For those of you interested in the result. Here is a 3 minute news video including the PIT maneuver being superbly executed by the CHP.

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My Grandmother’s Diary

I was going through some files right after the New Year and came across a few pages I had scanned from my Grandmother’s diary.  It included the exact same month and day as the day I was reading it, January 2.  And it was exactly 100 years earlier, 1912. My Grandmother was born in July 1894. This diary entry was written when she was 17 years old and living in South Dakota.

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The thick and thin of it

Clifford Geertz, the cultural anthropologist who influenced the practice of symbolic anthropology, wrote “analysis, then, is sorting out the structures of signification…and determining their social ground and import.” (Geertz, 1973, p. 9) Geertz was concerned that anthropological research was more interpretive than anthropologists admitted. To paraphrase, they were explicating other’s explications of explications. What Geertz was saying is that anthropological writing is fiction in the sense that they are made and fashioned but they are not false.

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