Catfishes, earthquakes, personal digital devices, and evolution of humanity

A members area where you can introduce yourself, discuss anything outwith catfish and generally get to know each other.
Post Reply
User avatar
bekateen
Posts: 7067
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:50 pm
I've donated: $40.00!
My articles: 4
My images: 67
My cats species list: 109 (i:37, k:44)
My aquaria list: 29 (i:13)
My BLogs: 35 (i:124, p:1821)
My Wishlist: 39
Spotted: 134
Location 1: USA, California, Stockton
Location 2: USA, California, Stockton
Contact:

Catfishes, earthquakes, personal digital devices, and evolution of humanity

Post by bekateen »

As a follow-up to this thread: Catfish on road signs

Oppenheim, R. (2021). [Commentary] Digital Catfish and Technological Ritual: Experimental Rites through Earthquake Early Warning in Japan, by Lee Kangwon Here Fishy Fishy!. Korean Anthropology Review, 5, 153-155.

https://s-space.snu.ac.kr/bitstream/103 ... 000069.pdf
In this playful article, Lee Kangwon invites us to follow “catfish” through Japanese social seismology. Edo-period popular belief that the activity of catfish could reveal when earthquakes might occur gave rise to Japanese scientific attempts to test and operationalize this proposition. Experiments tested the hypothesis that observation of the behavior of catfish in laboratory aquariums might predict seismic activity in the following days. Far more lasting and successful than those attempts has been the catfish as icon of earthquake foreknowledge, in the form of Yurerun, the mascot of the Japanese Earthquake Early Warning System, and the personal digital devices—the “digital catfish” of Lee’s title—through which Japanese citizens potentially receive some seconds’ notice of earthquakes to occur. Ultimately, then, Lee’s sojourn through and with catfish is an investigation of the condition of “life surrounded by devices” that in turn mediate human attunement to the environment.
Image
http://youtube.com/user/Bekateen1
Would you like to buy my fish? Click HERE for prices.
Buying caves from https://plecocaves.com? Plecocaves is now sponsoring Bekateen's Fishroom. Use coupon code "bekateen" (no quotes) for 15% off your order.
User avatar
Jools
Expert
Posts: 15169
Joined: Mon Dec 30, 2002 3:25 pm
My articles: 193
My images: 914
My catfish: 239
My cats species list: 89 (i:0, k:6)
My aquaria list: 2 (i:2)
My BLogs: 7 (i:5, p:194)
My Wishlist: 20
Spotted: 985
Location 1: M8
Location 2: Scotland
Interests: All things aquatic, Sci-Fi, photography and travel. Oh, and beer.
Contact:

Re: Catfishes, earthquakes, personal digital devices, and evolution of humanity

Post by Jools »

Playful indeed - someone writes "digital catfish" and you know I've got to go an read it. Anyway, I am glad I do not live somewhere that has to contend with earthquakes, but if I did, I'd be happy to have a digital catfish in pocket to provide what foresight is possible.

Cheers,

Jools
Attachments
6787761083_8d31922588_z[1].jpg
unnamed[1].png
unnamed[1].png (7.96 KiB) Viewed 1104 times
User avatar
bekateen
Posts: 7067
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:50 pm
I've donated: $40.00!
My articles: 4
My images: 67
My cats species list: 109 (i:37, k:44)
My aquaria list: 29 (i:13)
My BLogs: 35 (i:124, p:1821)
My Wishlist: 39
Spotted: 134
Location 1: USA, California, Stockton
Location 2: USA, California, Stockton
Contact:

Re: Catfishes, earthquakes, personal digital devices, and evolution of humanity

Post by bekateen »

For reference, here is the actual article by Lee Kangwon:

Kangwon, L. (2021). Digital Catfish and Technological Ritual: Experimental Rites through Earthquake Early Warning in Japan. Korean Anthropology Review, 5, 121 - 152.

http://www.kanthroreview.com/past/view. ... 4035&flg=1
(link to PDF at bottom of page)
Abstract
This article highlights the “life surrounded by devices” generated through association between humans and devices, by analyzing the process through which the Japanese Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) System was established. Focusing on the catfish logo designs on EEW posters and devices, I explain how the propositional feeling, affect, information, and emotion are organically connected. I seek to emphasize the fact that living (survival, livelihood, life, and ecology) is comprised of the connection of devices, and as such, I propose that “technological ritual” and “experimental rite” are two concepts that explain “how to live surrounded by devices.” The first proposition of this article is “catfish know before the quake comes.” The Japanese EEW service was launched in 2007, emphasizing an alternative approach to mitigation of earthquake disasters by means of a “warning” system that “knows before the quake comes.” Entities in the network are mediated through devices that act as digital catfish and constitute a unity that is co-affected by a feeling of possibility. The second proposition is “catfish restore world order.” The process by which the world order is restored is through differences borne out of the continued repetitions of certain rituals. I have named this process “technological ritual.” Each time an earthquake occurs, an EEW is issued. The EEW may be transferred from one place to another through the formalization of different entities’ actions. The experiments in technological rituals mediated by digital catfish go beyond mere demonstration, as they seek to test out a new world.
Attachments
Figure 1. “Yurerun,” the mascot of the Earthquake Early Warning Users Association. Under the catfish graphic are written the words: “Earthquake early warning, know before it comes.”
Figure 1. “Yurerun,” the mascot of the Earthquake Early Warning Users Association. Under the catfish graphic are written the words: “Earthquake early warning, know before it comes.”
Figure 2. A digital catfish developed by the company 3Soft
Figure 2. A digital catfish developed by the company 3Soft
Image
http://youtube.com/user/Bekateen1
Would you like to buy my fish? Click HERE for prices.
Buying caves from https://plecocaves.com? Plecocaves is now sponsoring Bekateen's Fishroom. Use coupon code "bekateen" (no quotes) for 15% off your order.
Post Reply