Friday, November 16, 2007

Interview Practice Part 3 FRIDAY RESPONSES

When looking back over the group data, there are some new patterns that emerge from all the data. Its eaiser to see these new patterns with more data because it gives you a larger sample size, meaning you have more data to look for and this allows for a bigger chance to have patterns that emerge from the data.
Some of the new patterns that emerged from the group data are people who believe second life is a strange place. These people that called second life a strange place usually have been playing the game for only a week or two according to their creation dates. These people had not yet really experenced what second life is, and when you first encounter second life, it does seem like a very strange place. All these different kinds of people, some human some not, people flying around, it would seem like a very strange place to someone that has never been there before. The most poplular answer and most reoccuring pattern where the people that refered to second life as a giant networking tool, such as a giant chat room where you can meet other people. This I belive is the most literal answer you could give to the question of what you think second life could be. There were alot of these answers because I think that not matter if your in a virtual world, people tend to give the most basic and literal answer to a question, because they want to say what they believe the interviewe wants to hear. This is a reoccuring pattern in all interiews, is that the person being asked the questions will respond with the most litteral and correct answer, because they believe thats the answer everyone wants to hear. Another pattern that emerged where the amount of women who answered questions. For most people women are easier to approach and answer questions, because they will usually give you more staright forward answers and tell the truth, as in guys in these kinds of programs usually are not as helpfull and will not take the questions seriously. These patterns all go back to the basic answer of being a virtual networking place, a giant 3D chat room. It seems like 90% of the answers in the class touched upon one aspect of second life being a chat room in one way or another. This by far was the most popular pattern found in all the answers. As far as varying differences in the results go, the main reason is, most of the people in the class were very direct with the questions, and in response got very short direct answers from the people they were asking. The longer answers, the people built up to the acutal question, and started a conversation with these people, allowing for a more detailed answer to the question. Being direct with people will work, but for more detailed questions and answers its better to strike up a conversation with a person, and build up to the acutal question, you will usually get a much more detailed answer if you do. With one question, and a very basic question at that, it is easy to bring this data together, because the majority of the people interviewed gave short answers, there was not much to the response, because there was really just one question asked of the people. When there are more parts to the question, or more time spent talking to people, then you will be able to pull apart different aspects of peoples answers and be eaiser to move them into different groups. I think having more data makes analysis harder, but this is what makes all reserach papers good. If the answers to the quesitons they were asking were obvious, there would be not purpose to reading the paper, that is why it is important to get as much data as you can, because it gives you a chance to get a larger varity of answers to your questions meaning you have more data to analize for your project. It will make it harder however because you have alot more information to sift through because now you may have smaller patterns that may emerge and must decide if these would be reoccuring patterns if you kept asking more people. It makes the analysis harder, but the end result more enriching and acurate to the paper.

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