Re: Serious thoughts about objectivity

Wade Tarzia (tarzia@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 09:56:07 -0400

>... I'm also intrigued by the analytic possibilities of
>"gradations of roles through time, and simultaniety of roles." (Mike Cahill)

--- I was hoping somebody would be agitated by my statement immediately
following this one, to the effect of : 'We could plot these relationships
on a 3D chart...' or something like that. Perhaps I have become
brainwashed by too close a contact with engineers over the years, but I
have come to admire their crazy 3D charts graphing 3 variables at once,
printed out as "carpet plots." (with color printers, such graphs have
become more convenient, or less devilish, take your pick). Such charts may
be useful for comparing informant roles, if nothing else.

I may be off the wall, because I'm talking through imagination right now,
not through actually having tried to *do* this for an informant or group.
But I am speaking as one for whom visual representations were sometimes the
only way I could grasp a concept. Some information is better conceived
through spatial means, I think. In any event, if I did try to do this, I
couldn't show the result to any of you here. -- wt