Manuscript seminar: On personal voice by Petra Ahde

Initial questions to the topic are:
1. How to project your personal voice and the personal voice of your data (e.g. people you interviewed) through out your manuscript?
2. How to retain your personal voice or the personalities that your data represents?
3. How to balance these voices and how to deal with the big emotions in your interview data?
4. How to address the people, test subjects in your research? These question arose when done a research using probes?

Sometimes your data is so rich on emotions and stories that you can easily produce both a scientific manuscript and a novel type book. Publications are not often in published in the personal form. Dissertations however, can contain more personal forms. Different disciplines advocate different voices. It may become a problem if your opponent is from a different discipline. However this has not yet experienced in practice at TaiK. Also in a design related degree playfulness in language could even be encouraged.

When quoting real life stories 5 sentences is good practice. Usually the personal form is more used in the dissertation. Publications however, are often more written in objective form. There are different graphic strategies to approach quotation in your manuscript. Color, font, size, italic, etc. Explain why you use these quotations as exemplar.

Inside reader: Whom are you addressing in your dissertation. This will most likely be those people that are closely related to your references and your resources.

It is important not to forget to mention the researcher’s background. For in this case the researcher is female herself, a jeweler herself and Finnish of background. These belong to the pre-conditions of the research. Important: don’t fall in love with your text and dont fall in love with your data. (Emotional stories)

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