Cultural Probes Reflection: Sixteen A

3 Jan

Class Agenda: Wednesday, 1/4

1. Finish Cultural Probes Worksheet
2. Writing Response: Based on your observations of the cultural probes photos on flickr, please reflect on what these images say about the sixteen-year-old experience in New York City. What observations were you able to make after seeing these photos that you wouldn’t have been able to make before? For example, when looking at mugshots you can identify gender differences in the way men and women pose in photos. Make reference to at least 2 specific cultural probes to explain your answer. Leave your response in the comment section of this post (1-2 paragraphs).

3. Find a partner for the 1-minute Cultural Probes film challenge. You will each be responsible for completing an individual cultural probes film, but will be working on one computer to help each other edit and record voiceovers. Next, each collect 15 photos from flickr that reflect the sixteen-year-old experience in New York City and complete the following steps:

  • Save these photos to your desktop
  • Create a new iMovie project
  • Title your project: Katya’s Cultural Probes
  • Import/drag photos into iMovie
  • Create a title/final slide
  • Arrange photos in iMovie
  • Write and record narration
  • Sixteen Challenge TBA

17 Responses to “Cultural Probes Reflection: Sixteen A”

  1. Sammy K-L January 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    A big part of the New York City experience of being 16 is the subway. In the map section of the cultural probes a lot of people got around using the subway. This is a big difference to people in other areas because they might only have cars to get around. This gives sixteen year olds in NYC a better sense of street smarts than other people, because they are used to “riding the rails” by themselves.

    Another part of the New York City experience is the fact that so many sources of food exist. In the eating section of the cultural probes people ate foods that were both packaged and home cooked. New York City has a very large mix of cultures and the food represents that. Sixteen year olds in NYC have access to a very diverse mix of foods because they live in such a mixed area.

  2. Raymond Frias January 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Some observations that I could make after seeing these photos that i couldn’t make before are that now i can see what inspires others and i can relate to some. Now i see that i am more similar to different people based on their inspirations and the way they live their lifes. I can now maybe look at more people differently and make new friends because of what pictures they uploaded.
    Another observation i made is that most people just eat regular food. Everyone eats something in common with another person. I kept seeing the same foods over again which made me think that maybe we are not as different as we thought we were. Maybe we just isolate each other because of the way we look but i think everyone is the same or has a lot of similarities which each other. We all have the same taste when it comes to food.

  3. Shuruq Moftah January 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    The different pictures tell how a person lives and what they are used to doing and seeing daily. From the pictures, you can tell that people in New York City eat and decorate their rooms the way they like it and in a way that represents them, as a person. From my classmates cultural probes, I was able to find out the different types of music they listened to. I noticed that girls had more colorful rooms while guys had more plain rooms. For example, Bora’s room is pink and colorful with pictures on the wall, while Jon-Paul’s room was very simple and didn’t have very much color. You can tell by the way a person’s room is decorated or the amount of color is a person’s room how they live, and their personalities. Another thing, is that girls tended to spend more money then guys. Tisa, for example, went to three different stores and bought more things then Danny, who only went to one store and bought a book bag. People in New York live differently and purchase different things according to who they are as a person.

    -Shuruq Moftah

  4. sjz000three January 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Imagery can reveal a lot about individuals, from the way they dress, to the colors they wear. Some people wear bright clothes for attention, others wear dark simple things so they don’t get as much attention. After analyzing many default photos of classmates, I could tell that different people valued exterior imagery more then others. Some girls were in nice clothes smiling on camera, while I saw boys using darker photos, and having much straighter expressions. I think this is mainly because girls like to express themselves more, and typically have more confidence in doing so. Therefore, they put there best foot forward, throw some make up on and smile. While a lot of boys took very casual photos, some were smiling but I always found some masculinity in the photos.

  5. Kirk P January 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Based on my observation of the cultural probes photos, the images tell me that being a sixteen-year-old in New York City is very interesting. For example, the cultural probe photos about sixteen year olds bedrooms. There where several similarities in the rooms through gender. The photos clearly illustrate that most of the male rooms had sports, or video games in it. The photos also illustrate that the female rooms where very organized and colorful. Another cultural probe I found interesting was the types of food sixteen-year-olds eat. Most sixteen-year-olds ate snacks. I was shocked to see that there wasn’t much fast food in the probes meaning that a lot of sixteen-year-olds eat foods from home.

  6. taylorcranford January 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Being sixteen in New York City is a completely different experience then being sixteen somewhere else in the world. Our cultural probes project is a great example of showing other people the daily life of a sixteen year-old (teenager) in our city. One of the cultural probes topics was bedrooms, where each of us had to take pictures of our bedrooms, somewhere we come home to everyday. My observations of these pictures were that girls had cleaner rooms than guys had, but it seemed that all the rooms had posters/pictures of things that they admire or like. Another cultural probes topic was fashion, where I observed my peer’s poses based on their gender. It seemed that almost everyone posed for their picture but the girls usually stood leaning on their hip, and the guys usually stood with their feet apart. There were six more of these topics, but you can already tell so much about a sixteen year-old’s life in New York City.

  7. Chanel Mowatt January 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    After doing the cultural probes assignment I realized that not all people are exactly who you would expect them to be when they go home. Boys are known for playing video games all the time, but not many people had televisions in their rooms. Girls tended to have brighter colors as well as collages in their rooms. As a whole though bunk beds were very popular.

    I also noticed that people who tend to dress more conservatively in school are a little more relaxed when they’re at home and vice versa. For example, Kathy normally comes to school in sweaters and hoodies, but in her fashion photo she is all dolled up. Then again girls tended to be more dressed up in their photos and boys were more themselves.

    This project gave me a more in depth look into the lives of people who I know when I’m not with them.

  8. sdz1620 January 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I think that the photos that people posted made gender stereotypes that I had already heard or thought stronger. For example, the fashion category showed me how girls outfits vary more from person to person then guys do. Most of the guys were just wearing a sweater or a coat, jeans, and sneakers, but girls outfits looked like they had a lot more thought put into them. Most guys were wearing just neutral colors like white, grey, and black, but girls were wearing a much wider variety of colors. The only gender stereotype that was disproved in this section was that girls weren’t wearing “girly” colors like pink, purple, and yellow.

    I think the money section of this project makes sixteen year olds out to be more responsible then they are. A lot of the receipts were from drug stores, which I guess are used more by 16 year olds than I thought. I noticed this in the map section too, a lot of people went to either just them or other places and then them. The receipts also showed more useful things then I thought it would, I figured there would be a lot of reckless spending displayed by them but there was almost none. There was also not a lot of things bought for yourself shown in this section, which was also surprising to me.

  9. Faith James January 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I’ve observed the difference between the bedrooms of children from other countries and the children from New York City. Most of the children from other countries don’t have much of a room, and they don’t exactly have stable place or a building that they can call their home. Kids from NYC live in buildings and most of them had their own rooms and had a lot of shoes and they had dressers and closets and beds. They have everything they need, and most the children from other countries that we observed, are poor and don’t have much of anything. Another thing that I noticed is that a lot of the receipts were from Chipotle, Forever 21, and Urban Outfitters. A lot of New York City kids shop at those stores and buy similar things. They usually wear whatever is the new fashion trend at the time.

  10. rachelvicioso January 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I realized that all teens of NYC are all different yet they all grew up in the same city. From the pictures of the bedrooms, I can see that not everyone has their own rooms. Some people share their rooms with their siblings or with someone else. I also noticed that the way people decorate their rooms are also different. Some girls tend to have make-up and posters and boys have a bit of a messy room. The types of foods that they eat are also the same. We all ate home cooked meals or store brought food. Everyone had a snack or two and 3 square meals.

  11. ser5599 January 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    These images say that 16 years olds know about fashion. They have their own style which helps reflect who they are as individuals as well as what they like. Some observations I was able to make that I wasn’t able to make before is what people were into. For example I saw bedrooms dedicated to certain things such as skateboarding or the teen phenomenon Justin Bieber. However when looking at the actual person you would have never thought they were into things like that. Another probe I saw differences in was in the things people ate. The majority of the food was found to be homemade rather store bought. I found this slightly surprising because the majority of the time people would think that when it came to eating habits teenagers would resort to the fast food meals such as Mc.Donalds or Burger King.


  12. katyakahl January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Being sixteen obviously means different thing for different people from different cultures. as for bedrooms and food not as much. Girls rooms mainly all had makeup, perfume, and color schemes. Some people don’t have the option to have their own rooms and therefor cannot decorate it to reflect their personalities. Though everyone did have some sort of them in the room. Food also says quite a bit about who someone is. Some patterns i noticed were that people ether ate hame made meals or cheap bought foods. most of the food was processed food- i saw maybe one meal with fruit, and very little vegetables.

  13. Carina Mondesire January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    After seeing the picture of the lives of sixteen year olds in New York city, i have noticed many things. such as the girls bedroom is neater than the male bedrooms, alot of people eat sandwiches, homefood, and processed food. What most sixteen year old have in common, is that they all have something that inspires them. i noticed that some have people as inspiration and others have places or animals. One sixten year old has a dog that inspires them. Mans best friend is a big part of the human life. also what inspires someone is Finn from Adventure Time. Television shows can inpire someone, from the way they talk, socialize and act.

    • Carina Mondesire January 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      this isn’t me. I have no idea who this is…

  14. Nasyria Taylor January 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    When looking at the bedroom photos I saw that rooms were rather clean then a stereotypical teenagers’ room. They were decorated, walls were painted fun colors and they all had something that describes who they are. In the pictures it shows that we have more control over what or how we decorate our rooms. When you compare girl and boys rooms there wasn’t much of a difference color but girls obviously had makeup and almost everyone had computers. Generally most of the food pictures were of everyone having three meals and maybe just one snack. The overall experience I actually enjoyed and like looking into those I know lives and what they do at home.

  15. sdf2651 January 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Through these photos, I was able to make observations which allow me to get a feeling about their general interests and culture. I am able to get an assessment upon what type of person they are as well. Before, I wouldn’t have been able get a feeling on a culture just on photos, I wasn’t able to pick out the key items as well as small things in a simple picture and see how someone operates.
    For instance, when looking at the bedroom pictures, I could easily see that a room was messy or well-kept, and that would lead me to the conclusion that they were either unorganized or organized. However, I am now able to see the smaller things, such as what specific items are located in the room. Items like pictures, writing on the walls, and books. Girls tend to have neater rooms that are decorated with vibrant colors and photos of themselves are loved ones, whereas boys tend to have video games in their rooms. As with the mugshots, girls tend to psoe while boys tend to not care.

  16. stg0915 January 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    A huge part of being a teenager in New York City is how you can express yourself to the world. On flickr you can tell that many teens choose to express who they are on the inside through what they choose to where. We are taught not to judge a book by its cover, but that just is not the way that the world work. We see someone and we put them into a category whether we try to or not. Also if you look at most of the pictures of the self made maps we posted a lot of people used the subway as their transportation to different places. The subway makes teens very lucky and parents very unlucky. Unlike the suburbs there is not age requirement for riding the subway. If your child has $2.25 in their pocket no matter what they tell their parents they can go anywhere they please. Where as in the suburbs a teens must be dropped of at the location they will be at until they can drive themselves there, or unless it is in walking distance from their original location.

    When looking at the pictures of kids (not flickr) around the world and where they sleep I was forced to the harsh realization that I take for granted the fact that I have my own room. I take for granted the fact that I have a bed. I definitely cherish my room more seeing where other kids are forced to sleep. Although they probably do not think much of it because that is all that they know, I know of other options, so I will definitely not take for granted certain things just because I obtained them from being born and living in a privileged country.

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