• UX Research Is an Aesthetic Activity

    UX Research Is an Aesthetic Activity

    What I’m thinking is that the UX Researcher plays the role of sensory organ for the larger organism that is the organization.

  • Confucian Philosophy for UX

    Confucian Philosophy for UX

    Reconceptualizing my career is something that my Confucian training enables because, fundamentally, a career is a matter of kungfu mastery.

  • For PhDs Seeking Jobs Outside Academia

    For PhDs Seeking Jobs Outside Academia

    With a new year and the new decade I am thrilled to be starting a new career with a new job in a new company, in a new industry. Below are some of the insights I gained from my job search. Although this is written with PhDs in mind, I think that much of what…

  • Ars Contexualis and UX

    Ars Contexualis and UX

    Ambiguity kills everything in User Experience (UX) design and research. And yet, the field itself is perplexingly ambiguous, “With the lack of consistency and simplicity in how we define UX, we’ve stripped it of its meaning and, more importantly, reduced the job to a mere buzzword,” as Yazin Akkawi states. For example, what is the…

  • Reading Warhol’s 129 Die in Jet!

    Reading Warhol’s 129 Die in Jet!

    This post is prompted by a question my friend, Louis, asked on Facebook yesterday: I’ve written about the Orly Crash and the significance that tragedy has had on the development of Atlanta’s arts communities for Burnaway. Here’s my response to Louis and I thank him for prompting me to write this down. Depending on what you…

  • Modes of Knowledge-Making and Identity Politics

    Modes of Knowledge-Making and Identity Politics

    What follows are my lecture notes for my class on Contemporary Art at Georgia State University. During this class we were discussing Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker, Betye Saar, Pat Ward Williams, Lorna Simpson, Adrian Piper, and Cindy Sherman. I’m relying on the syllabus and slides that Dr. Susan Richmond prepared for her own Contemporary…

  • Why Do You Think You Want More Art Criticism?

    Why Do You Think You Want More Art Criticism?

    It’s that time of year again when someone in Atlanta writes about arts journalism, this time from my friend, Andrew Alexander. Andrew asks readers of the Saporta Report to imagine an Atlanta without arts journalism. And, as is the custom, there are generalized complaints from folks in the arts community. Having worked for a few…

  • Aesthetics and the”Morality Wars”

    Aesthetics and the”Morality Wars”

    Wesley Morris wrote an essay worth considering for The New York Times Magazine in which he diagnoses some cultural activities of the recent years. Morris terms our moment as being caught in “Morality Wars,” which he links to the “Culture Wars” of the 1980s and 90s. The NYTM website has the header text for this…

  • Conspiracy, DMing, and Epistemic Anxiety

    Conspiracy, DMing, and Epistemic Anxiety

    There is an enlightening bit of journalism about the Qanon phenomenon written by Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins over at NBCnews.com that has prompted me to write this morning. I’m not familiar with the specifics of the conspiracy being unfurled by the Qanon media ecosystem, but I do like a good conspiracy. This is in part…

  • CFP for ISCP at the 2019 APA Eastern

    The International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) plans to host two panel sessions at the 2019 Eastern Division Meeting of American Philosophical Association (APA) on January 7-10 in New York City, NY. The ISCP will be co-sponsoring a special session with the Karl Jaspers Society of North America (KJSNA) at the APA Eastern this year.…