For this exercise, we will need everyone to do two basic things. First you will need to download and install Telegram: https://telegram.org/. Telegram is a simple messaging application but it has a large amount of security. We debated on how to conduct this activity and settled for the solution that provided you the most privacy and security we could provide. You can uninstall Telegram as soon as we are done with this activity. Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is a cloud-based messenger with seamless sync. As a result, you can access your messages from several devices at once, including tablets and computers, and share an unlimited number of photos, videos and files (doc, zip, mp3, etc.) of up to 1.5 GB each. Telegram is faster and way more secure. Telegram is free.
Second, you will need to fill out the consent form. The consent form will ask you for your name and telephone number and those numbers will be used to add you to the Telegram group for the activity. In keeping with ethical research and fieldwork, we will delete all the data that is shared with the group once the activity is over if you want us to. We are hoping to write about our experiences here and perhaps draft what we have learned into further research. Using screen captures of our group discussions, anonymised, would help us greatly in that regard. However, we fully appreciate if you would like to opt out of this. To opt out, simply check the opt out box on the consent form. This form can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/myL8dGSZYHBLwvF02.
Once you have joined, we will send further instructions through the Telegram group. Occasionally we will ask you to send us information: answers to questions or some kind of data collected in Bremen. There will be costs involved in this consistent with what you are paying for your data. Our apologies for this, but this was the best, most accessible solution we could design. We have tried to make this communication as easy to follow as possible. Towards this end, we are organising texts with visual cues. There will be three kinds of texts. Quotes, discussion questions, and activities.
When you see Virginia Woolf, there is a quote from the literature.
When you see Sigmund Freud, you know there is a discussion question.
When you see Salvador Dali, you know there is an activity.
If you get lost or have any questions, do not hesitate to text me (Michael Gallagher) at 44 0775 1763118. I will be happy to help.
How to use Telegram
- To add an image or video: simply click the paperclip icon in the lower left hand corner and add any file type you want. You can add audio as well.
- To add audio: click the microphone button and hold it down to record the sound you want. When you release the button, it will post the audio recording to the group channel.
- To send us your location so we can reconvene at the end of the exercise, click the paperclip in the lower left hand corner and then Location.
- To suggest music for our group playlist: In the Telegram group you specify, simply type ‘/ifttt spotify’ followed by the track name and artist name to add the track to a Spotify playlist. We can then share the playlist with your group members via Spotify. So, for example, /ifttt spotify One More Time Daft Punk. I will send the Spotify playlist at the conclusion of our activity to everyone in the group.