“Are you guys really still having the discussion about objectivity?”
Bettina Figl
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I have to second Katelyn Gillum and say this was an extremely impressive breakdown of what was discussed. There was a LOT of information, but this streamlined it.

  1. Well, for me, objectivity is out the window. I think incarceration and prisons are destructive and violent things. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t think there’s a story to be told in the interplay between multiple sides of the debate, and there is a great deal I still don’t know. But I’m not covering the topics I am because I love prison so much. I’m covering that because there are so many issues and untold stories. Now, that doesn’t mean I will be dishonest or one-sided. If we really care about our communities, we have to be unerringly honest, right? If we are discredited, it could affect our communities. Second, Dr. Berbary suggested acknowledging our relationship to the community as it is or as it changes, and in a forthcoming post (Medium publication coming soon!) I did that instinctually. It helps frame what I write. As for where I haven’t succeeded, I could definitely do better at giving up control, and planning has been basically non-existent for me outside of planning questions. I am feeling a bit stuck, and I think understanding my methods and Community Questions (I like that more than “research questions”) going forward will be a huge step in clarifying for me. And I put my note-taking skills during an interview up against anyone!
  2. I’m a super-duper “Arrested Development” fan. That has a pretty devoted community around it, and even though I don’t connect with that community online, the show is full of references, callbacks, running jokes, inside jokes, and fussed-over details that this community shares. I don’t think any one person could locate all these things by him/herself. With the help of 5,000 nerds, we can discover it all!
  3. I’m like Katelyn here, but maybe for different reasons. Anthropolgy might have a different idea around this. I am not part of the community I cover. I have never been incarcerated, and don’t have family that is. However, I come from a city ravaged by incarceration. No doubt we can feel for the community, but each community will have different boundaries. Lots of people of different ethnicities rally around #BlackLivesMatter, for example. Whether the community welcomes you is the ultimate measure. If they say you are a part of it, what right does any “journalist” have to say you can’t report what that community experiences just because you’re in it? People not being able to tell their own story is part of the problem.
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