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  1. james says:

    This show has an interesting dynamic. There’s two different perspectives in here: There’s Lindsey that would dip her feet into the oceans of different worlds/scenarios, and there’s Rhune that probably will join if he thinks the water is warm enough but will watch from afar. I’m not sure Rhune is there yet, but I look forward to hearing his experiences LARPing and seeing if his perspective changes. Great stuff!

  2. Jeremiah says:

    It is interesting to hear an outside perspective on LARPing in general. As a long time player, I’ve always wanted to know how Mundanes actually view this type of gaming as opposed to the way popular culture portrays us. Maybe Rhune should try visiting a boffo LARP. That is the kind that uses faux weapons and actual combat.

  3. Omar says:

    Lindsay, great job, and very interesting. As an anthropologist by training, I am happy to see that you genuinely tried have an experience with your subject informants. You could have learned a lot more, but, then again, your “participant observation” was two hours long on a single night.

    Rhune, if your mission statement is to experience various subcultures around LA, then you can’t be showing up, pretend that you’re too cool for school, and spend an entire podcast belittling your subject. First that attitude doesn’t yield any meaningful information to share, and makes for a crap podcast. Second, there’s something to be said about journalistic integrity. Lastly, but most important, it’s dismissive of the people you’re trying to connect with.

    You can’t report what you don’t know. The people you are going to be dealing with find some meaning and/or enjoyment in what they do. That’s why they’re doing it. Don’t you think that it’s far better to try and fish out why they derive meaning and enjoyment? If you can’t, for a single night, set aside your own preconceived notions about a people, or an act, then, frankly, this line of endeavor is not for you. You’re just not going to get any value for your effort.

    There is something fundamentally unethical about your approach to this work. Again, it’s dishonest to report what you honestly don’t know, or even try to know. Additionally, there is an obligation limit harm to your subjects.

    Lastly, your approach is so dismissive, you’re more likely to bar yourself from more sensitive groups. If I was a member of another subculture, was considering introducing Lindsay and you to my group, and I listened to this podcast, then I would likely decline to stick my neck out for you. If you can’t suspend your judgement for something as trivial as fucking LARPing, then what chance do you have to objectively approach something that actually requires trust, or has a meaningful amount of subtlety? You’re burning your own bridges here.

  4. ann says:

    wait till Rhune gets to the Cat Show…. a whole different ball o’ wax.

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