Monday, September 04, 2006

Beware of making generalizations

Documentary books (like Rosenthal's how-to piece) suggest being concisely clear on the purpose of one's documentary. So I should be careful I suppose with making generalized statements like "all computer hackers champion Open Source or drink Red Bull". Avoiding assumptions may seem obvious but in preparing a storyboard and interview questions, I realized my assumptions existed (& that would likely restrict the documentary).

Again, this will be based on interviews with computer geek spouses (...narrowing the definition of geeks to those who work with computers. They may also like sci-fi & YouTube & Linux but the core working definition for this project will stem from 'computer/IT professionals).

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