Art Exception Clause / Informed Consent

Yo hello – this is Steph, here, addressing you as someone whose communication is important. Yes–the things you say matter. You, single human being on the planet in these fraught lifetimes, engage everyday with the substance of society: we (you and me and everyone else) make, re-make, change, maintain and evolve society with every little thing we say (and when we choose not to say things, too).

I am asking for your permission to let me record things I hear or see you say and publish them, selectively, as part of a creative reflection of an unfolding story about the eclectic, fascinating, fun, frustrating and dynamic ways that people are all wrapped up in each other’s lives. It is aspirational for me to call it art. My training is in social science, specifically in the ethnography of communication inflected by participant observation and the frame of action research.

A testimonial:

“I appreciate your ethics…it is rare to encounter this degree of sensitivity for privacy in our Facebooked era.” –  Nimrod Shavit

I’m asking in this formal way because everyone has assumptions of privacy that I want to honor and respect. Simultaneously, I want to present a weaving of the reality of everyday life with a selection of cultural and institutional levels that seem relevant at the time. I have a dual pedagogical and deeply self-reflective aim. We are part of each other. Our interactions reflect our own particular uniqueness while binding us in combinations of similarity and difference with others.

Generally, I am interested in pluralingualism (that is, the interaction of particular varieties/features of talk associated with, for example, professional jargons, identity groups, and different languages) and social change (particularly processes of evolution and conservation of tradition/ritual/habit).

Process for Participation

You have choices – you can say yes but never in these conditions, that place, this context, with or about particular people, or only with an alias.  You can choose to require specific consent each instance or you can give a general authorization.

Of course you can say no.

And you can change your mind at any time. (The most reliable way will be to do two things: tell me directly and complete the form again with the new parameters.)

Click here to complete the informed consent form.

If you want to see the options in advance, keep reading:


PLEASE SELECT YOUR CHOICE AND COMPLETE THE CORRESPONDING FORM. (You are not committed until you select Submit.)

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