October 26, 2012

Situated Actions

Many of these perceptions are “situated actions.” For example, the retired military officer viewed the country as “a target” during Vietnam because he was in a war and that caused his actions to be situated. If he was not in the air force at the time his situation would have been different and he would not have been commanded to view that country in that way. In the project, they discuss a lot about perceptions, such as spacing the world.  With time humans begin to understand the actual size of things and this in turn is what created our “situated actions.” We would map maps based off of what was perceived to be the actual size of the world and we would build planes based on these perceptions. These perceptions changed over time and with time the situations changed and better products were able to be produced. I am not sure if I am getting the right concept of this project, but this is what I am thinking, so I am typing it. This idea of perception makes it easy to understand why “recurring situations seem to ‘invite’ discourse of a particular type (Miller 162).”

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