# Mar 25, 2010

“Metaphor is for most people a device of the poetic imagination and the rhetorical flourish – a matter of extraordinary rather than ordinary language. Moreover, metaphor is typically viewed as characteristic of language alone, a matter of words rather than thought or action. For this reason, most people think they can get along perfectly well without metaphor. We have found, on the contrary, that metaphor is pervasive in everyday life, not just in language but in thought and action. Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature. (Lakoff and Johnson 1980)”

Archives & Museum Informatics: Museums and the Web 2009: Paper: Simon, N., Going Analog

# Mar 5, 2010

“He was yelling, ‘Here, Iggy, Iggy.’ He was yelling pretty urgently so I knew he had a step. There’s different pitches of yell. You could tell he had a step and I was just trying to lay it in and he jumped on it,” said Iginla. “I was hoping I wasn’t too late.”

“I saw everyone cheering and I couldn’t believe it. It was done. I didn’t see where he put it. I just saw him jumping around. It was awesome.”

Sidney Crosby lifts Canada to Olympic hockey gold – Vancouver 2010 Olympics – thestar.com

# Mar 3, 2010

“Think about the object as the reason why people affiliate with each specific other and not just anyone. For instance, if the object is a job, it will connect me to one set of people whereas a date will link me to a radically different group. This is common sense but unfortunately it’s not included in the image of the network diagram that most people imagine when they hear the term ‘social network.’ The fallacy is to think that social networks are just made up of people. They’re not; social networks consist of people who are connected by a shared object.”

Museum 2.0: Exhibits and Artifacts as Social Objects

“audience behaviour – in particular, the traditional theatre behaviour of sitting politely in rows and not speaking – is a learned behaviour and one that can be quickly unlearned. We already see signs of that. Put people in a traditional theatre auditorium, and – with the exception of a few mobile phones going off – people behave traditionally. But let them loose in other spaces, and they now increasingly expect to get the opportunity to play, genuinely interact, curate their own experience of the work and feel that their presence really does make a difference – that being there matters. And if it really does matter, it changes the contract between artists and audiences. That’s challenging, but also offers the potential for everyone to create, act and experiment together.”

Wisdom of the crowd: interactive theatre is where it’s at | Lyn Gardner | Stage | guardian.co.uk

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