Thursday, April 19, 2007

six floors under

UW anthropology homepage

Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin is divided into three areas: archeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. The image on their homepage is divided into three parts, with pictures standing in for each of the three areas. Am I the only one who thinks it is strange that, for archeology, the selected picture is a grave with "ARCHEOLOGIST" written on it? I don't know anything about archeology at UW, and I don't know if that choice of image is intended to convey anything or not.

10 comments:

Kieran said...

I don't know if the monkey is helping much, either.

Anonymous said...

Wait, is that a pregnant monkey?

jeremy said...

Looks pregnant to me. I'm not sure if there is some kind of narrative one is supposed to reconstruct across the three pictures that involves the monkey getting knocked up.

Ang said...

What would sociology's Bad Choice Photo be?

Anonymous said...

"What would sociology's Bad Choice Photo be?"

this (or these): http://sociology.stanford.edu/

i'm from stanford by the way and a new web site is being professionally designed, so don't feel too bad for us...

Anonymous said...

"What would sociology's Bad Choice Photo be?"

this (or these): http://sociology.stanford.edu/


Bingo! I've always found the Sford web page LOL hilarious. You're down the road from, what, 1 bejillion computer geeks, yet you have a web page that looks like it was "designed" by enterprising sixth graders.

Anonymous said...

Hey, anon 8:56 -- I helped gather content for that web page! In 1996, mind you...

Stanford soc evidently has a new web page, in "beta." Word among the locals is that it's great, but I've noticed a suspicious tendency for this word to be followed by, "or so I've heard ... I haven't been able to find the link." Kim

Gabriel said...

the funny thing is that it seems like with all their holes and shovels and such, archeology would be a more photogenic discipline than cultural anthro.

i sympathize with the dilemma though as ucla soc has been trying to figure out how to illustrate our page.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:56 here again:

My comment meant only in good fun, I want to make clear. Anon 1:50 hit the nail on the head, EXACTLY the thought I had after reading Ang's 1:38.

I have now devoted the better part of the morning to finding other nominees in sociology. To limit our sniping to the high and mighty, how about:

http://sociology.princeton.edu/

What does it mean? I read it as, "We're not actually in New York City...but you can get there in an hour or two...especially if you walk as quickly as guy at lower right"

jeremy said...

I think it's hard to know exactly what is supposed to go on the front page for an academic department, since mainly what academic departments want their home page for is the sidebar menu that provides links to a fairly well-structured set of information.