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My own personal experiment with Ethnomethodology the study of the way people make sense of their everyday surroundings My job was to find or create an experiment and break all the conventional norms and observe how people would react Experiment 1 took place Saturday February 15 2003 My family and I have wanted to visit the J Paul Getty Museum for some time now we just have never had time to go as a family That all changed when my aunt Linda came out here to California for vacation We all thought it would be nice to spend the day at the Museum and there could not be a better place to try my ethnomethodology experiment than at a museum My family and I had just finished up looking at Bill Violas art work called The Passions it was the main feature at the Museum Bill Violas art work was silent videos that open up new perspectives on the power and complexity of emotions using modern technology Personally I did not understand it but who understands most art We were leaving the north pavilion and headed to the west pavilion to look at some ancient art after the 1800s we were on the second floor and used the elevator to get down to the first floor inside the elevator is were the first experiment took place The Museum and the elevator were packed that Saturday Most of the people that were in the elevator were tourists I could tell by the headphones that were around their necks The Museum called them Audioguides The audioguides were a self- guided audio tour in foreign languages The surroundings were perfect we were all jammed into that elevator like a can of sardines when my moms boyfriend thought it would be perfect So as the elevator closed and everybody obeyed by the unwritten rules in an elevator he turned to all the foreigners and asked
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