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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up". Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre

Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. Winner of the 2004 EduBlog Awards as best paper.

Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

June 03, 2004

Home from eight days of conference in New Orleans

I had the pleasure of presenting at two conference in New Orleans. Truthfully New Orleans is a pleasure without conferences so I guess I would have to honestly say it was a double (triple) pleasure. First I presented avatar research at the International Communication Association Conference. My paper, Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces, is available as a pdf file.

Abstract: This paper explores the types of avatars adolescents use in graphical chat spaces and how gender is represented in these avatars. Content analysis found that adolescents predominantly utilize publicly available avatars depicting drawn images of Caucasian human forms. Specifically it was found that females adopt postures that indicate subordination to others, while males display psychological withdrawal from the actions around them. The influence of gaming and fantasy is seen in male avatar selection.

My second presentation, at Console-ing Passions: The International Conference of Feminism and Television, Video, New Media, and Audio, was related to the adolescent weblog audience work I have discussed here previously and will do so again no doubt as the work is forming much of my research thought this summer. The presentation titled The Adolescent Diary Blog and Its Audiences: An External Focus, focused on applying Langellier's taxonomy of performance narrative audience to blogs written by adolescent female bloggers. It's interesting that in my corpus of 24 blogs drawn from eatonweb portal no examples of female weblog production where the audience is a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy can be found. I'm early in this research so I'm not totally sure if the issue is the corpus size or a gender distinction in production.

I selected this picture for the post because it has the feel of a French Quarter cafe and I can visualize sitting over a cup of cafe au lait and beignets with a book at Cafe Du Monde, if they only had large tables. Were it the 1890's I would undoubtedly be a big hat kinda girl, I do have a flair for the dramatic. It goes with being a 6'1'' redhead, all we have to do it walk in a room and we are dramatic. LOL I took a few pictures in New Orleans and I will be posting them over the next day or two.

Posted by prolurkr at June 3, 2004 08:00 PM

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