May 13th, 2015
As video ethnography involves the observational filming of subjects in their natural setting, and analysis of the footage through video production, I am considering if it can help promote the process of finding inspiration. Because when I’m trying to pull some new ideas out of our mind, I usually come across some difficulties, such as unable to concentrate on a certain thing, Sometimes the ideas just come up fluently, but sometimes no matter how I struggle to search a tiny bit useful information, I am not able to even get a clue.
Also the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve tells me that a person’s brain is in different condition during the 24 hours. of a day The forgetting curve hypothesizes the decline of memory retention in time. This curve shows how information is lost over time when there is no attempt to retain it (Wikipedia).
Picture from Hermann Ebbinghaus and the forgetting curve
I can record the changes of myself that I express through my actions or voice in the whole day with a video recorder, and try to analyze the rule in my developing a new idea and the factors that might affect the new idea’s coming into being.
I’d like to use at least two video recorders in my room, one of which is used to record my expression and voice while the other one used to record my behavior. The recording will last at least 3 days. Here is the list of the key points that I believe should be paid attention to in the video.
1. Time and Inspiration: When am I most efficient in tracing an idea in my mind? Is it in the morning or at midnight? And when is the worst?
2. Body condition and Inspiration: Can I still find the inspiration when I feel tired? Will it get better after some rest, like a nap?
3. Factors that Affect the Capture of an Inspiration: What blocks me from keeping concentrated? Is it the noise (As my room is near the football field I can choose a day when there is a match.), or my lack of concentration, or the other trifles I need to do at hand?
4.What did I do: What did I do to come back to work? For instance, do I soliloquize when I am blocked? And is it conscious or unconscious? Is it useful?
The most challenging part in this recording is how to judge whether I am having an idea in mind at a certain time. I prefer to use the following table to record my thoughts every 30 minutes. I simply define the category of the inspiration condition into 4 levels. The table should not be too complicated and the condition should not be recorded too frequently, otherwise my mind might be affected by the behavior of filling in this table, which should have been neglected.
The condition of inspiration of mind and the condition of mind is recorded every 30 minutes and the behavior is checked when reviewing the video. Then the data in the table can be changed into a chart too show how my mind works in the whole day. Also this chart can be compared with the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve to see if it has anything to do with my brain’s memory function. Based on the analysis of the data above, some methods can be found to encourage inspiration and adjust my efforts to catch an inspiration in my mind.
With this model, I think we can also compare the results under the process of finding inspiration on different but similar topics, including both the topics I like and dislike. If this program is meaningful enough to extend, I believe we can record a group of people with different work-and-rest timetable and come to a more general conclusion.