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George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
Don't let fear convince you that you're too weak to have courage. Fear is the opportunity for courage, not the proof of cowardice.
McCain, John (2004, September). In Search of Courage: Finding the Courage Within You. FastCompany, 51-56.
In the search for character and commitment, we must rid ourselves of our inherited, even cherished biases and prejudices. Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.
J. Irwin Miller, Chairman of the Board (1951-1977), Cummins Inc. From 1983 letter about diversity at the company.
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March 31, 2004
Talking back to Dewi Cooke
In a recent Blog of the Week discussion of the Puerta del sol Blog: Reflections on Life in Spain and Spanish Culture by blogger Jonathon Holland - a freelance journalist and language teacher at Complutense University, Madrid - Dewi Cooke (2004) made the following statement "Holland reminds us that blogs are more than diaries. They also record history."
At best this comment is misinformed, at worst it is sexist. One can only draw the conclusion that Cooke sees diaries, in any form, as self-confessional documents of interest only to the author, usually a women with journals as a male writers province, and possibly a few others who are known by the author. In reality diaries, as periodic life-writing (Culley, 1985, p. 3), give us a glimpse into personal and public history that is not found in school texts. Cooke's statement dismisses their writing as ahistorical.
Some examples of American diaries I currently have in my study include the following historical views from teenagers: Zipporah Feldman, tells of a Russian Jewish entry into and early life in the America of 1903 (Laskey, 1998), William Bircher, tells of a his experiences as a drummer in Company K of the Minnesota Regiment (2000a), Caroline Cowles Richards, tells of a privileged life in Canandaigua, New York in the mid-1800's (2000c), and Charlotte Forten, tells of a free black American's life and schooling in Massachusetts in 1854 (2000b).
Both blog diaries and their paper predecessors have linked to the larger political, cultural, and historical mêlée in which the author lives. The primary differences between a blog diary and a paper diary are: 1) active linking through hyper-text links to references, news stories, other blogs, etc. that allow the blog reader to move simultaneously between the diary blog and other sources; 2) blogs are inherently an immediate public medium, though the author can choice to make their blog private through passwording whereas paper diaries may or may not be public (Bunkers, 2003); and 3) the long term viability of blogs as a medium is in question as individual writers must make a conscious decision to maintain access to their past writing into perpetuity.
I personally find diary blogs to be a fascinating CMC environment. Now I can as easily find out about the daily lives of people in countries outside my own and the lives of people who reside in the states but live lives very different from mine. In other words I learn from those that are actually doing. Diary blogs are clearly going to be a continuing focus of my research.
And what of Cooke's comment: Cooke has bought into colloquial thinking that diaries are closed places for intense self-reflection usually by teenage girls (Bunkers, 2001; Culley, 1985). I would direct them to any of the books and articles cited in this rant to give them background on diaries as a phenomena, as well as, to our HICSS paper (Herring, Scheidt, Bonus, & Wright, 2004) for a quantitative look at what a blog is in practice.
A Civil War Drummer Boy: The Diary of William Bircher 1861-1865 (2000a). Mankato MN: Blue Earth Books.
A Free Black Girl Before the Civil War: The Diary of Charlotte Forten, 1854 (2000b). Mankato MN: Blue Earth Books.
A Nineteenth-Century Schoolgirl: The Diary of Caroline Cowles Richards 1852-1855 (2000c). Mankato MN: Blue Earth Books.
Bunkers, Suzanne L. (2001). Diaries of Girls and Women: A Midwestern American Sampler. Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press.
Bunkers, Suzanne L. (2003). Whose Diary Is It, Anyway? Issues of Agency, Authority, Ownership. A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, 17 (1), 11-27.
Cooke, Dewi (2004, March 25). Out of the box. The Age.
Culley, Margo (1985). A Day at a Time: The Diary Literature of American Women from 1764 to Present. New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York.
Herring, Susan C., Scheidt, Lois A., Bonus, Sabrina, & Wright, Elijah (2004). Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. In Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-37) (Ed.), Los Alamitos: IEEE Press.
Laskey, Kathryn (1998). Dear American Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City 1903. New York: Scholastic.
March Advisory Committee Report
Another month is gone or basically gone. The speed at which this year is passing is truly amazing. With March dieing and today being a teaching day, I decided to go ahead and submit my monthly report to my Advisory Committee. Here's a link for the curious:
March 29, 2004
The Routine Tasks of Teaching
Today was set aside for the more routine tasks of teaching:
- I typed the next test into the system.
- I graded the most recent set of journal entries.
- I graded the most recent tests.
All things that needed to be done, all that took considerable amounts of time, and all are now completed.
March 27, 2004
Reading on blog audiences and the collection of memory
Two new interlibrary loan books arrived today, both edited volumes. I should note that they are for different projects.
- Colson, Ted (Ed.) (1986). Renewal & Revision: The Future of Interpretation. Denton TX: NB Omega Publication.
- Pennebaker, J. W., Paez, D., & Rimé, B. (Eds.) (1997). Collective Memory of Political Events: Social Psychological Perspectives. Mahwah NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
The Colson is an interesting collection of papers from the June 1986 Conference sponsored by the Interpretation Division of The Speech Communication Association. I've thumbed through the papers and have already found much useful material. Can't wait to dive in and abstract them. In particular the Langellier:
Langellier, Kristin M. (1986). Personal narratives and performance. In T. Colson (Ed.), Renewal and Revision: The Future of Interpretation (pp. 132-144). Denton TX: NB Omega Publication.
This article has a great quote that will surely find its way into my writing:
"All narratives, including personal narratives, unavoidably mediate experience" (p. 251).
The Pennebaker collection is for my L710 paper and possibly the blog audience work. "The purpose of this book is to explore the creation, maintenance, and distortion of collective memories of societal events from several social psychological perspective" (pp. vii-viii).
Makes me wonder if our cultural perspectives will be changed by the potential access to individual accounts of societal and personal events that may be captured by and readily consumed from blogs. Not a utopian view but rather one related to access to information from a variety of first person sources.
March 23, 2004
Today I continued working on the literature review section of my L710 paper. Literature review is always the hardest part of a paper for me to write. I've found that if I drag myself, often kicking and screaming, through writing that part of the paper I feel as though the paper is almost done and the remainder of the writing goes very quickly. I'm definitely dragging myself on this one and it will be wonderful to have this paper finished.
March 22, 2004
A Slow Work Day
Today I spent some time reading Schechner, Richard (2002). Performance Studies: An Introduction. London & New York: Routledge. The reference will be used in my work on adolescent blog audiencing. I keep finding myself referring back to my previous work in theatre as I build my research projects. Because of my continued interest I ponyed up and joined Performance Studies International.
I began working on the rewrite of my L710 (Research in Library and Information Science) paper. My research for this class compares hand coded content analysis of adolescent chatroom discourse with the automated coding of Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count.
I am currently working on the literature review for the content analysis subsection. Specifically I am working with the following citations:
Andrén, Gunnar (1981). Reliability and content analysis. In K. E. Rosengren (Ed.), Advances in Content Analysis (pp. 43-67). Beverly Hills: Sage.
Bauer, Martin W. (2000). Classical content analysis: A review. In M. W. Bauer & G. Gaskell (Eds.), Qualitative Researching with Text, Image, and Sound: A Practical Handbook (pp. 131-151). London: Sage Publications.
Berelson, Bernard (1971). Content Analysis in Communication research. New York: Hafner Publishing Company.
Krippendorff, Klaus (1980). Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology. Newbury Park: Sage.
Lindkvist, Kent (1981). Approaches to textual analysis. In K. E. Rosengren (Ed.), Advances in Content Analysis (pp. 23-41). Beverly Hills: Sage.
Sepstrup, Preben (1981). Methodological developments in content analysis? In K. E. Rosengren (Ed.), Advances in Content Analysis (pp. 133-157). Beverly Hills: Sage.
Weber, Robert P. (1990). Basic Content Analysis. (2nd ed.) Newbury Park: Sage.
March 20, 2004
A reading day
I entered the edited chapters of Dailey, Sheron J. (1998). The Future of Performance Studies: Vision and Revisions. Annandale VA: National Communication Association into Reference Manager. This is a great book that gives a broad perspective on Performance Studies. I would not consider it an introductory text as the volume is based on presentations at the 1995 Otis J. Aggertt Festival "The Future of Performance Studies."
For an introductory text I recommend Schechner, Richard (2002). Performance Studies: An Introduction. London & New York: Routledge.
I've read through part of the Dailey volume today and two articles in Denzin & Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Research (2nd ed.). The Dailey reading is in preparation for a presentation next month at the SW/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference. The presentation is titled: “Dear Blog:” A Look at Adolescent Diary Blogs and Their Audiences.
The Denzin & Lincoln chapters are for the literature review section of my L710 paper that I plan to finish before the end of the month.
Today's reading list:
Carilli, Theresa (1998). Verbal promiscuity or healing art?: Writing the creative/performative personal narrative. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 232-236). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Carlin, Phyllis S. (1998). "I have to tell you...": The unfolding of personal stories in life performance. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 226-231). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Corey, Frederick C. (1998). There personal: Against the master narrative. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 249-253). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Dailey, Sheron J. (1998). Personal narratives: Problems and possibilities. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 199-202). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Hantzis, Darlene M. (1998). Reflections on "A Dialogue with Friends: 'Performing' the 'Other/Self' OJA 1995". In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 203-206). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Lockford, Lesa (1998). Emergent issues in the performance of a Border-Transgressive Narrative. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 214-220). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Madison, D. Soyini (1998). Performance, personal narratives, and the politics of possibility. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 276-286). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Ryan, Gery W. & Bernard, H. Russell (2000). Data management and analysis methods. In N. K. Denzin & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Research (2nd ed., pp. 769-802). Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications.
Roloff, Lee (1998). Point of View. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 240-248). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Smith, Robert E. (1998). A personal look at personal narratives. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 237-239). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Weitzman, Eban A. (2000). Software and qualitative research. In N. K. Denzin & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Research (2nd ed., pp. 803-820). Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications.
Valentine, Kristin B. (1998). Ethical issues in the transcription of personal narratives. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 221-225). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
Langellier, Kristin M. (1998). Voiceless bodies, bodiless voices: The future of personal narrative performance. In S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions (pp. 207-213). Annandale VA: National Communication Association.
March 18, 2004
I'm walking on cloud nine today. I got a preprint request for my ICA paper Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces from an A-list online researcher. She currently working on a book chapter that is slated for a collection and her own book. She also offered to share the finished work with me.
It is very cool to have ones scholarly work noticed and I am excited to think that this could lead to the first citation of my individual work in another scholars publication. It's grabbing the brass ring to be noticed in such a way by an A-list scholar.
March 16, 2004
A spring break excursion
I went to Cincinnati with my sister and her children. After the meeting that drew us to Ohio, we decided to get a bit wild and crazy. LOL So we drove out to Fairfield and went to Jungle Jim's International Market. This place is great. I found items I have never seen in the U.S. The seafood was beautiful, I could have spent a fortune but I refrained from doing so. I bought a hunk of Chilaen Sea Bass that I will make up tomorrow. Beyond that I can dream of the gorgeous Red Snapper until I go back to their store, which won't be that far in the future.
March 15, 2004
Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs - Resubmission
[Posted by Elijah Wright on BROG: Blog Research on Genre] Since we're now well past the peer review phase, we're making available a preprint of one of our submissions to the University of Minnesota Blog Collective's Into the Blogosphere collection.
Scheidt, Lois Ann & Wright, Elijah (under review). Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs. In L. J. Gurak, S. Antonijevic, L. Johnson, C. Ratliff, & J. Reyman (Eds.), Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs [Online].
March 12, 2004
About the Professional-Lurker Blog
I started keeping this blog as a way to work through ideas and as a place to write. My primary focus in my entries is on my research and finishing my work toward a Ph.D. in Information Science. This is not purely a k-log since the blogger is also a living person. Rather it is a mixed genre with features of a k-log, a filter, and a diary. I expect to post an average of twice a week, daily would become mundane for both of us as my life is basically pretty average.
I often revise entries several times before a version is solid in the blog. In revision I may add or remove graphics, correct spelling or grammar, and add or delete material. Writing, for me, is a work in progress so welcome to my world. I have thought about adding version numbers to posts but have not made a final decision on the subject. If you have an opinion, please comment.
I have developed a few rules that apply to how I write entries. First I believe strongly that my work should not encroach on another, rather my interference with others should be limited as much as possible. As such I do not refer to other people by name in this site, unless they have specifically requested that I do use their names or they are public figures whose names can be found on the net performing similar activities to those discussed in my entries. Do not read this as self-absorption; rather it is the writer making a concerted effort to protect others who were not directly involved in her decision to place part of her life online. Secondly, the same rule extends to photos and graphics. Those that are used here represent only me and my words, unless others have given their permission for their likeness to be posted.
This post will not only be part of the blog entry archive additionally an html copy is linked from the sidebar. I expect revision to take place in the html copy more so than this copy.
March 07, 2004
A Lone British Book Lost in Southern Indiana
I have a copy of Catan, L., Dennison, C., & Coleman, J. (1996). Getting Through: Effective Communication in the Teenage Years. London: BT Forum laying on my desk. It has had an odyssey I'm sure. I found a reference to this study in an article by Crispin Thurlow. Of course I checked IUCAT, the unified Indiana University library catalog, and found no reference to a copy in the university holdings. So I put through an interlibrary loan request through IUPUC. In less then a week I received a response that the book was unavailable through the Big Ten Combined Center for Library Initiatives (CIC). The CIC (Big Ten) Combined Catalog includes the online catalogs of the current Big Ten Universities (Purdue is currently unavailable), the University of Chicago, and the Center for Research Libraries.
So I pulled up WorldCat; WorldCat is OCLC's Online Union Catalog. It is the world's most comprehensive bibliography, with more than 33 million bibliographic records from libraries around the world. Use WorldCat to do a comprehensive search of published material, to verify citations, or to identify other libraries that own an item. In WorldCat I found that there are only three copies of this book listed and all are in Britain: The British Library, University of Oxford, and University of Strathclyde.
So I put through an interlibrary loan request on main campus wondering if they could get a copy from Britain. And low and behold, a week passes and here it is. With a lovely note pasted inside the front cover "This book is the property of the British Library Document Supply Centre and is part of the national loan collection of the United Kingdom. Please treat it with care." Don't you know it. LOL I'm almost afraid to read it.
I often wish books could talk, if only because the human ear hears faster then the eye can read. But in this instance I wonder what story this book has to tell about it's travels worldwide. Might be very interesting
March 06, 2004
My Very First Publication circa roughly 1972
When I was in grade school we would look forward to each edition of the Scholastic Magazine that was handed out at school. Scholastic was a magazine written for us, early teenagers. It presented the news in language we could understand.
When I was in roughly 6th grade I wrote a letter to the editor in response to an article they presented on the Vietnam War and it was published in the magazine. My position was that war was bad and all the soldiers should be brought home as soon as possible. While you could easily assume that someone that young was simply parroting the ideas of their parents and family, in my case that could not be further from the truth.
As I sat through The Fog of War earlier this evening I thought about where I learned the lessons that lead me to this view. I'm certain that media had much to do with the framing of my attitude. Like most every other house in America in the 1960's, the day was not complete without a recap from Walter Cronckite and in those days the news presented was not a positive view of the war. Also the Christian teachings I received in my parochial school clearly had an impact as well, this would have been before I realized that most of what was taught in religion classes should not be taken literally. But these are only facets of the idea, sparks that underlay the flame. Where did this staunch belief come from? To this day I do not know. All I know is that it remains with me.
I commented that "this would have been before I realized that most of what was taught in religion classes should not be taken literally." This was my one take away from the incident. You see after the magazine that contained my letter was received at the school I was informed by the principle that I had embarrassed the school by sending my letter (the signature block on the letter had included my name, my school, the town and state). That was the beginning of a couple of pretty nasty, well nasty for a 13/14 year old, weeks at school. A liberal in a sea of conservatives. Some things never change.
This evening hubby and I went to see The Fog of War. This is a truly important film, click here to see the trailer. While it is one man's story, Robert McNamara, of his journey through a turbulent historical period, 1940's through the mid-1960's America, as framed by a film-maker, Errol Morris, it is still an amazing look through McNamara's eyes at the world he inhabited.
The lessons he presents in his interviews are ones that all American's should be listening to in 2004. While his story cannot be accurately painted as balanced in his view of the Vietnam war, there are messages here for those that see the world through both pro- and anti- eyes. This film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
McNamara's discussion of the Cuban Missile Crisis is truly chilling. As he says, there were three men - John F. Kennedy, Nikita S. Khrushchev, and Fidel Castro - all rational men and all prepared to take their countries into a nuclear war. McNamara says he was absolutely stopped in his tracks when, in a 1991 meeting, Castro told him that 1) he had known that the missile & warheads were in Cuba in 1962, 2) that he had advised Khrushchev to use the weapons, and 3) he understood that using the weapons would lead to Cuba's destruction. Rational men...prepared to irreversibly change the world by taking it into a two-way nuclear war...very chilling.
This is not ancient history. Schools spend a huge amount of time talking about the history of the world before 1800. In truth that history is significant but not as important as knowing history since the invention of the nuclear bomb. The nuclear age changed the world, directly and indirectly, and sadly this is the history that is not taught throughly in primary and secondary schools.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George Santayana, (1905). Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense, Scribner's. p. 284 . This quote is also know as Santayana's Dictum. More quotes from Santayana.
March 05, 2004
Paper submission crunch time
Between now and March 15 several things are due: one new journal article (using the same data set as the 2004 HICSS paper), two revisions of book chapters, and one abstract for HICSS 2005. If I keep to my plan for the year that means that once March 15 is past I will be involved in two more submissions before the end of the year. Very odd to think of that work as almost over for the year.
Of those two, one is the completed paper that begins with an abstract that is due before March 15, the second would be a submission for the 2005 International Communication Association (ICA) conference. Only the ICA submission, if I do submit for the conference, is a solo work. I am thinking about taking my L710 paper, that will be completed this month, and making it into a methodology article that might work well at ICA. The paper compares two ways to conduct content analysis for emotional communication, using chatroom data. I hand-coded the corpus and used a computer program called Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count, a pdf file discussing the program, to code the same data. More detail on this as I work through the final paper.
Of course there is always the possibility that my quals paper can be converted into a publication, which would be very nice and would certainly add more justification to the work that goes into the quals research and writing process. That would be something for later this year, or early next year.
March 01, 2004
A Gloomy Monday
I spent the morning working in the study. I printed out articles from James Pennebaker's site for potential use in the literature review section of my L710 paper. In particular I gathered his articles about emotions, language use, and September 11, 2001.
While I was printing I also burned some CD's to MP3 so they can be loaded on to my iPod. It's a strange mix of music: Dan Hill, Beth Neilson-Chapman, Julie Gold, Joshua Kadison, Nora Jones, and the Clear Creek Elementary Students with Beth Lodge-Rigal.
I decided to breakout of the house and actually interact with some other folks. So I went to the Filling Station in Hope for lunch. The Filling Station is one of those wonderful little town diners, this one has a coca cola theme, that one finds on state highways in the midwest. You can walk in and always find at least two men sitting at a round table, in the corner of the dining area, discussing town business or corn prices or the latest view of state politics. I enjoy my visits for the great down home food, and the sense of belonging it gives me. I know most everyone in the place, have known many of them for my entire life. When I start feeling like a square peg I go to the Filling Station where I can be a square peg in a crowd...it's a good feeling.
I put some additional pictures on my January 9, 2004 entry from the trip to Hawaii. http://www.professional-lurker.com/archives/000013.html