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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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Last updated July 8, 2005.

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Last Updated November 22, 2005.

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

March 31, 2005

Kinsey, the Instititue and the movie

Tonight the Bartholomew Country Chapter of the Indiana University Alumni Club and the IUPUC Alumni Club held a gathering at Yes Cinema for a screening of Kinsey (2004). Prior to showing the film, Jennifer Bass, Head of Information Services at The Kinsey Institute spoke on the history of the institute and issues surrounding the film.

I am a huge fan of The Kinsey Institute. First because they do necessary research. Secondly because they are a class act. This is not Larry Flint on a college campus. This organization does professional research into human behavior. Their research is well thought out and executed with the utmost concern for their subjects. I take special notice of the IRB applications we receive from their researchers because I know I will be reading a proposal that displays research excellence.

The movie was enjoyable. I had been told that several points had been exagerated to increase cinematic is after all a work of fiction. Likewise I knew that the film was shot in New Jersey, to control location costs, through it would have been nice to have seen it shot in Bloomington.

Two comments on casting brilliance: First, Benjamin Walker as the 19 year old Kinsey looks so much like Neeson that you can picture one aging into the other, and Oliver Platt as Herman Wells...well I will never be able to watch Platt again without seeing Dr. Wells in front of me.

All in all it was an enjoyable evening

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Lessons learned from AoIR abstract reviewing

At this point in my learning I volunteer to review for conferences both as community service and to learn more about the process. Here are my take-always from this round of reviewing, which is quite different from doing the full paper reviews I have written previously.

As an abstract writer make sure you:

As a reviewer I have learned these things about myself:

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Blog Redesign

I have contracted with Blog Moxie to upgrade and redesign the blog for me, as well as transfer my webpage, Lois Ann to a new host and move it to blogging software. The first phase should start in about six weeks, I'm sitting as patiently as I can in que for the designers services. I'll let you know before we go live. Personally I can't wait I'm pretty bored with the plain-vanilla-blog look...low maintenance but also low style - training wheels.

You can check out the girls, yes it's an all female design company, portfolio. Julie, my designer, is an FIT and Farmingdale grad. I was impressed before finding out her credentials, now I'm in awe...FIT is cool.

p.s. My previous attempt to hire someone to do the upgrade failed when he bailed on me...he plead to much class work.

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March 30, 2005

A day that simply won't go right *sigh*

After two days of knock-your-socks-off coolness, I got a day that simply refuses to go right. My morning bits - email, RSS reading, blog posting, etc. - took far to long so I didn't get started on my project for the day before I left the house. Of course I also left the house later then I planned.

Once I got to the Indy campus it took forever to get the VPN to recognize my laptops existence on the network. Then I found that some strange malady had effected the campus email system so I could log-on but it showed no email, none in the main screen none in the folders. *ok deep breathes don't panic*

Then after multiple log-ins and still finding no email I tried to log-in and was denied access. Which in a perverse way is a good thing. It means they have everyone locked out and are probably working on the problem. Good read cause now I'm in the system and I have email...lots of email.

I needed in the email system so I could pull up the information for reviewing Association of Internet Researchers Conference Abstracts. Of course I tried finding the links I needed on the official site but they were not speaking to me. I believe they have to be there but I sure couldn't lay my cursor on them. Then after the email was back up and I had the link, my log-in for the AoIR site will not work. So now I am waiting for a reply to tell me what log-in and password to use to access the system. I had hoped to knock out all the reviews before class this evening, having budgeted about 3.5 hours for the work. But right now I have wasted an about two hours trying to get everything to work. *sigh* Well at least the sun is out and shining in through the windows of the IT Building.

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School bans blogs as not "not an educational use of computers"

Found via Weblog-ed and The Blog Herald, a Vermont High School's strange idea of blocking students from blogging spaces because they are "not an educational use of computers."

Officials at Proctor Jr.-Sr. High School have banned access from school computers to an Internet site that students have been using to post to weblogs, or blogs.

Principal Chris Sousa said the decision to block the site from school was made because blogging is not an educational use of school computers.

But he's also urging parents to keep tabs on their children's blogging, with a particularly close eye to what personal information the student may be posting on sites like

"It's not so much a school concern as it is an issue for students and parents," he said. "This site particularly was getting a lot of hits. It's a blog site but they also post pictures and biographical information and then send each other notes."

He added, "My concern is less as a principal and more as a dad."

Sousa said he found the prospect of students putting information on the Internet, potentially available to predators, was a serious concern.

There is so much wrong with this idea that it's hard to know where to start. First blogging can be very educational, witness the number of educators, from grade school on up, who are using them as tools in their classrooms. Second, do you really want the principle making decisions for all children based on his decisions for his own kids? I remember my principles and their relationships with their own children...and would not hold that up as a model for anyone. Third, what concerns can't be at least partially alleviated through education...use this as a teaching moment.

I understand schools have the right and responsibility monitor the students in their care as well as utilizing their equipment and resources to the students best advantage. But come on this is writing we are talking about, and reading. Two skills teachers have bemoaned their students decline in utilizing their abilities to at any level, let alone utilization to the fullest. Is the glass half empty or half full?

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An embarrassment of riches

The last couple of days have been pretty cool in my little corner of the blogosphere. On the 28th Professional-Lurker was mentioned in a post at the ever popular Moleskinerie blog. So I've had a couple of days of watching the blog stats jump as new people check out the site. If that includes you "Welcome." It's always fun to watch the stats roll up.

The yesterday I wrote a post about research sites and received a reply offering access to research data. Massively cool and amazing since the turnaround time between the post and the email is only 3.5 hours. They must be using some pretty cool aggregation and search software to have found this one little post out of the multitude of posts that mentioned them in the last few days.

Note to self: Never look a gift horse in the mouth...or maybe I should since my great aunt, the genealogist in the family, swore that we were descended from the guy who opened the gates at Troy. But that is another story.

Suffices to say that I am both pleased and flattered to have the company contact me with an offer of access. I am discussing possible research ideas with BROG members so we can take them up on their kind offer.

So as I said in the title it has been an embarrassment of riches the last few days. I wonderful happening to coincide with warm weather here. I completely plan on working outside today on campus in Indy. So if you see a redhead with a hat working on a computer in the sun...wave hello.

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March 29, 2005

Intelliseek BlogPulse 2.0, new look for the site with new features

I've never been one who cared much about all the blog topic trackers that run across the blogosphere. Reasons: 1) I've never been clear on how they set-up their definition of what they track, i.e. the old - blog vs. journal vs. they are all blogs - debate; 2) I do cross-sectional research so I'm more interested in what my dataset is telling me then I am what a general tracker is telling me; 3) I don't really write a filter blog - though I do a lot of filtering within the blog - so "what's hot" doesn't matter to me; and 4) I've never been one to follow the pack so why start now.

Well this morning at The Blog Herald the post Intelliseek's BlogPulse 2.0 launched, over 9.3 million blogs tracked, caught my eye. You see the 9.4 million (current number) tracked by Intelliseek BlogPulse is more then the 9.2 million (current number) tracked by PubSub, though it is a modest increase. I've been looking at PubSub as a source for research corpi, so if BlogPulse is tracking more blogs it is worth a look to see if there is a way to pull usable corpi out of its system.

After playing around with the site I think it is potentially useful, especially with topic tracking. I can see myself using it in a research project to check the popularity of topics I find in my corpi against the blogosphere as a whole. But the site will not be helpful in setting up research corpi, they allow no significant access to individual blogs, BlogPulse is primary an analysis engine.  Think I'll stick to PubSub for now, where I can do the analysis myself.

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March 28, 2005

The Private, the Public, and the Published: Reconciling Private Lives and Public Rhetoric

I have a new book, interlibrary load, that looks like it will be very helpful to future work though not really for quals. Couture, Barbara & Kent, Thomas (Eds) (2004). The Private, the Public, and the Published: Reconciling Private Lives and Public Rhetoric. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press.

Check out used copies of The Private, the Public, and the Published: reconciling Private Lives and Public Rhetoric.

Utah State University Press says:

At the 2003 "Rock the Vote" debate, one of the questions posed by a student to the eight Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination was "have you ever used marijuana?" Amazingly, all but one of the candidates voluntarily answered the question. Add to this example the multiple ways in which we now see public intrusion into private lives (security cameras, electronic access to personal data, scanning and "wanding" at the airport) or private self-exposure in public forums (cell phones, web cams, confessional talk shows, voyeuristic "reality" TV). That matters so private could be treated as legitimate - in some cases even vital - for public discourse indicates how intertwined the realms of private and public have become in our era. Reverse examples exist as well. Around the world, public authorities look the other way while individual rights are abused - calling it a private matter - or officials appeal to sectarian morés to justify discrimination in public policies.

The authors of The Private, the Public, and the Published feel that scholarship needs to explore and understand this phenomenon, and needs to address it in the college classroom. There are consequences of conflating public and private, they argue - consequences that have implications especially for what is known as the public good. The changing distinctions between "private" and "public," and the various practices of private and public expression, are explored in these essays with an eye toward what they teach us about those consequences and implications.

Ultimately, the authors recommend a humane and ethical reconciling of the two realms in the tradition of rhetoric since Aristotle. This means, they argue, that scholars must work to create the conditions in public - in classrooms, meeting rooms, Congress, international forums - that respect and defend the ethical treatment of private lives.

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Would invited conversations increase connection between blogs?

how to save the world has an interesting post that references the author's exchange of ideas with Jeremy Heigh, of the sift everything experiment, in the post A Proposal to Make Blogs More Conversational.

The idea is to increase discussion between some selected blogs by inviting bloggers to comment on a set topic. The idea has some merit as unlimited conversation has been severely limited under current spam onslaughts and through the limitations on tracking pings, trackbacks, etc to facilitated threading in conversations. The idea, as presented below, also uses a variety of technologies to maximize the interaction between the invited participants.

Here's a first cut at how I would envision it working:

1. The host would come up with either (a) a question (one better suited to small-group exploration than 'putting to the crowd'), or (b) a vision to be achieved. Example: How could we overcome the huge disconnect that exists today between the people who have great ideas and the people who have the money and other resources to realize those ideas? The host would write a 1-3 paragraph context-setting explanation of the question or vision.

2. The host would research who might be the best 3-10 people to address this question or vision. These invited participants would each think independently about the question or vision and each produce an Initial Thoughts document (200-500 words) which the host would publish on the host blog. Then, at and for a prescribed time, there would be a 'live' conversation via Skype, moderated by the host, between the selected participants.

3. The Initial Thoughts and the edited Conversation would then be podcast and the mp3 of the podcast would be posted on the host blog. The conversation would be transcribed and posted to the host blog. The participants would post either a link to the transcript and podcast, or, if they wanted, they could post the entire transcript and/or podcast on their own site, with a request that all comments be posted to the host blog version (so that all the comments are in one place).

4. The facility for additional individual posts (participants would get short-term author access on the host blog), and additional Skype conversations as agreed upon by the participants (also transcribed) would be made available on the host blog for a set period (3 days, or a week perhaps).

5. An archive of all conversations, posts and comments could be produced and sent to movers and shakers who might be inclined to act on the ideas that emerged, for those movers and shakers who do not normally go online.

And here are the inevitable questions:

* If you were asked to participate in one of these, would you, and why -- WIIFY?

* Is the blog format robust enough to carry the weight of one of these Conversations?

* Do you see this as a way to get more buzz for important ideas, or is it just a big echo chamber replacing a lot of smaller ones?

* Would you spend the time listening or reading to these Conversations (if you liked or knew the participants)?

* Is there some commercial opportunity here, or is this just a good way to get bloggers working together, or is it not even that?

* Is the model (participation by invitation) too elitist? Would self-subscription on a first-come basis be better? What's the 'right' number of participants?

What are your thoughts on this idea to link a selected set of bloggers together in discussion?

Note: The graphic is part of my comment on the over all structure of the idea and the possibility for a single set of voices to utilize the available technologies, none of which are cheap, to maximize their views without the inclusion of difference. It will take conscience management to make sure that multiple voices are allowed to flourish in an "invitation only" environment.

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New cateogry - Ethics

I've been doing a lot of thinking about ethics lately: research ethics, adminsitrative ethics, religious ethics, the ethics of humanness...research ethics is one of my stated research interests. As such I have decided to add a new category to the blog to allow me to gather some of my thoughts on the subject into one pocket. So look for the new category Ethics...thoughts on the ethics of research and life in the the bar. Entries will be coming shortly.

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IUB - Computer Science and Informatics agree to merge

The following press announcement was released this morning to IUPUI Faculty, though word on the street has had the merger for months. This change does not impact the Indianapolis campus.

NEWS RELEASE -- Administrators, faculty and staff in Indiana University Bloomington's College of Arts and Sciences, the IUB Department of Computer Science and the IU School of Informatics have agreed to move computer science from the College to the School of Informatics.

In order to proceed, the merger must receive the approval of IU Bloomington Chancellor Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, which could happen early next week. If the chancellor gives the plan his assent, the merger should be complete before fall semester 2005.  The move will not affect faculty and staff salaries or student degree programs. Course offerings in informatics and computer science will remain unaltered. The computer science bachelor of arts degree, a liberal arts degree, will continue to be awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. Other computer science degrees will be awarded by the School of Informatics.

Administrative offices for the newly expanded informatics school will continue to be located in the Informatics Building at 901 E. 10th St. on the Bloomington campus. Computer science faculty and staff will remain in Lindley Hall while informatics faculty will remain in the Informatics Building and Eigenmann Hall.

More than a dozen faculty already have joint appointments in computer science and informatics or are full-time faculty in one unit with formal affiliations in the other. For more information about how the merger will impact faculty, staff and students, please see

Since the IUB Department of Computer Science was founded in 1969 (as part of the College of Arts and Sciences), it has grown to employ 31 faculty. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of IU's schools, with over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 176 degree programs. The IU School of Informatics, the nation's first such school, offers courses in Bloomington, Indianapolis and South Bend to more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. In Bloomington, IU Informatics has 40 faculty, 77 graduate students and 465 undergraduate students.

The IU School of Informatics has developed three areas of focus since its founding in 1999. Human-centered informatics examines how people interact with personal computers, Web sites, and handheld digital devices. Domain-centered informatics aids disciplines such as medicine, security, chemistry and even music that can benefit from information technology. Informatics' third area of focus is oriented toward software and hardware -- it is the area expected to be most strengthened by the addition of computer science. The Indiana Committee for Higher Education recently approved IU's request to begin administering an informatics Ph.D. degree program on the university's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses.

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March 26, 2005

Update on quals work

After reading today I have only twenty-five more blog articles to read and from which to take notes left on my list. I know that sounds like a lot to some of you but it's manageable. Probably another two days work at the outside, assuming nothing unexpected happens in the rest of my life. So I should be writing again by the middle of the week.

Twenty-five more articles and I can restart on the guts of the paper, the guts or the heart which ever works. Then a rough draft off to my committee chair for comment. With her comments in hand then a revision to meet her requirements will be completed. Next the new draft goes off to my full committee for comments. More revisions. Then we cycle through the draft to committee for comment and revision cycle one more time before the completed paper is submitted.

Onward and upward. It's time to get this puppy done and outta here.

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March 25, 2005

Off-site clicks - what I have learned

I now have MyBlogLog data from March 3-24, 2005 (with most of 25th added), though five days of it show zero in all categories - March 3 & 4, and March 8-10. I hate missing data, not sure why it didn't record for all those days.

Oh well missing data aside, I have learned some very interesting things watching this log. For the period there were 170 clicks to off-site URLs. 48.2% of the clicks were to pages listed on the sidebar (n=82). Of those, 20 were to my webpage for 24.4% of the sidebar clicks. An additional 16 clicks, the second highest number, were placed to Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs, which is linked multiple places in the sidebar.

47.1% of the clicks are to URLs that appeared in post entries (n=80). The top two most clicked URLs are Preople Rank with nine and Levenger with six. Finally, 4.7% of the clicks were to URLs that appeared in both entries and the sidebar so the actual origin is impossible to define (n=8).

Additionally 28.8% of the clicks were to URLs associated with the blogger - my webpage, papers I have written, my CiteULike list, and other websites to which I contribute.

It appears that a significant number of the clicks lead the reader to pages that give them more data about the author rather then to pages that give them more information about the topics. Now to be fair this could be a unique finding since it is getting late in the semester and students are looking for sources to use in their class papers. Or it may simply be a function of writing an academic weblog, in that readers want to verify the credentials and authenticity of the writer. *w* More research is needed.

For the clicks not associated with me or my work, I have been surprised to see how few of the readers actually click through for more information on the day the link is posted. For example looking at March 23 statistics for the individual date, on that day there were nine click throughs but only one of them was to a link posted that day, Guardian Unlimited. Interestingly the single click through used that day was to the general site not to the specific article I cited and discussed in the post. The remaining eight clicks were mostly to links listed in the sidebar (n=6). The remaining two click throughs were to links that appear in earlier posts on the page, prior to March 23, and on the sidebar as well.

So much for a little Friday night content analysis with a touch of ethnography thrown in for spice. I will have to see what stories the numbers tell when I have a quarters worth of data. Assuming I can wait that long for the analysis. LOL

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Personal information theft is rising

Two pieces of different but complementary information hit my radar this week:

Study: 9.3 million ID theft victims last year: Consumers who eye accounts online are safer, authors say

Identity theft continues to afflict millions of U.S. consumers, according to a new study released Wednesday. About 9.3 million people were victims of the crime last year, the study says, echoing a study last year by the Federal Trade Commission that indicated 10.1 million consumers had been hit in 2003. In all, one in every 23 consumers were victims last year.>

But the study, which was commissioned by the financial industry, came up with a surprising finding, according to its authors. Contrary to popular wisdom, using the Internet may be a consumer's best fraud-fighting tool. In fact, the study's authors say, the Internet has gotten a bad rap.>

< snip >

The study also suggests personal data is usually stolen in offline ways - such as dumpster diving - rather than over the Internet. Only 12 percent of the victims in the survey believed their information was stolen electronically. Stolen wallets, checkbooks, and mail remain the chief nemesis, Van Dyke said - not brilliant computer hackers who break into online databases of personal information. Signing up for services like electronic banking will reduce the amount of personal mail sent home, reducing consumer risk, Van Dyke said.

I read elsewhere this week, wish I remembered where, that an estimated 1.8 million Americans have fallen for phishing attacks and given up personal information.

Attacks on Web Applications Up, Symantec Says in 'Threat Report'

Symantec unveiled its bi-annual "Internet Security Threat Report" this week, and as you might expect, the state of security on the Web weaken during the second-half of 2004. Phishing attacks, attacks against corporate Web applications, and the prevalence of Windows-based viruses and worms grew considerably from July 2004, but somewhat surprisingly, more vulnerabilities were reported for the Mozilla Web browsers than Microsoft's Internet Explorer, widely regarded the bane of online security.

The problem of phishing, or tricking people into entering their confidential information into fraudulent Web page cleverly designed to look like that of their trusted service provider, has been well documented over the past year or so, and Symantec's accounting of the scope of the problem reflects, more or less, what you might expect. The security provider's Brightmail unit reported a 366 percent increase in the number of phishing attempts, from 9 million per week in July 2004 to 33 million by December 2004. This problem will continue to get worse before it gets better.

Scary stuff.

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The revival of the Hawaiian langauge

I think Hawaiian is one of the most beautiful languages to hear. The soft rolling melody of the spoken words is soothing. Of course, I bought a book on my last trip to the islands that should help me learn some of the language.  I mentioned the book in my previous post North Kohala and Waimea. So today's MSNBC story caught my eye, 'E heluhelu kakou' strikes chord with students: Hawaiians language makes a comeback

A 1983 survey estimated that only 1,500 people remained in Hawaii who could speak it, most of them elderly.

Today there are probably 6,000 to 8,000 Hawaiian language speakers throughout the state, most of them under 30, said Kalena Silva, professor of Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.

Everyone knows a little bit of Hawaiian, even visiting mainlanders. "Aloha" has become an almost universally recognized greeting and expression of love. "Mahalo" often subs for "thank you."

But there's less understanding of the state motto - "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono" (the life of the land is preserved in righteousness) - or the name of the state fish - humuhumunukunukuapua'a.

"Before, people would hear me speaking Hawaiian to someone and ask what language I was speaking," said Leilani Basham, coordinator of the Hawaiian language program at the University of Hawaii's flagship Manoa campus. "I don't get that anymore."

Kamehameha Schools Distance Learning has online lessons to teach you to speak Hawaiian. I'm going to be checking them out to use with the book I bought on my last trip. I wonder if someone teaches two week workshops, that would be fun. It a beautiful language that I want to learn simply because I love the way it sounds. No better reason is required. *S*

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March 23, 2005

A fresh look at the "Women's Writing" debate

I love when I get to post something that was published tomorrow. *S* From the March 24, 2005 edition of the Guardian Unlimited, more on the idea of writers and gender.

Belittled women
The editors of a prestigious collection of new writing say most of the submissions from women were dull, 'disappointingly domestic' and 'depressed as hell'. It's true, says Yvonne Roberts, women writers do lack ambition; nonsense, argues Jane Rogers - some of the best fiction is domestic. Below, A L Kennedy asks: why are we so obsessed with an author's gender?
There is no such thing as Women's Writing. Just as there is no such thing as Left-Handed Writing, Red-Headed Writing, European Writing, Northern Hemisphere Writing, or Writing from the Planet Earth. All of these categories are so large as to be meaningless. Sadly, Women's Writing is the only one of the above repeatedly used as a stick to beat women who write. Either Women's Writing is fluffy and inconsequential, full of romps and buttocks - or Women's Writing is coarse and aggressive and the kind of muck you'd expect from an off-duty stripper in a strop - or Women's Writing is obsessed with plumbing and bleeding and bonding to whale music. Effectively, Women's Writing is whatever has most annoyed any given journalist, commentator, academic, or author in the past few books by women they've read. Sweeping generalisations must be made, insults must be slung, personal abuse is welcome and two or three days of columns and op-eds can be sustained with the merry to-and-fro.

This is a good piece with multiple perspectives. Read and blog your own point of view. As for me I think my words on this topic have been said...for this week. *S*

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Fixing sidebar link problems

One of the advantages I've found since I've been using MyBlogLog has been that minor problems with URLs are very noticeable so I can fix them. I've never found the error log to be that helpful since it is filled with bot requests for pages on my site that were never there to begin with. But with MyBlogLog I can see that, until I repaired the preceding link, when one clicked on Blog Research on Genre (BROG) Blog you were transported to Blogroots Blogpopuli rather then to the BROG site, all because of a single quote being used rather then a double quote.

So I apologize for any errors and promise to fix them as quickly as I can. Cross my heart.

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Apparently there will be a blogger conference in Nashville TN, about as close as any are likely to be to Southern Indiana, on Saturday May 7, 2005. Their website is BlogNashville, however it is not up-to-date as it says registration will be open in early March and by my calendar it is late March and they are not yet open. I will have to keep an eye on this conference as Nashville makes a nice weekend trip, at 4+ hours drive on a good interstate highway. Might even have to take the extra 2 hours and drive down to Florence AL just to see what has changed since I left in 1999.

Blogger Conference Tennessee

Blogger Conference Tennessee will be held on the Saturday of BlogNashville, the weekend of May 5-7.

Blogger Conference Tennessee will follow the "unconference" format developed by Dave Winer for BloggerCon events at Harvard and Stanford.

The selection committee for topics and discussion leaders will be taking suggestions. If you would like to suggest topics and/or speakers, please email Robert Cox at

Blogger Conference Tennessee Selection Committee:

Glenn Reynolds* - Instapundit
Bob Cox - The National Debate, Media Bloggers Association
Bill Hobbs - Hobbsonline
Ed Cone - Ed Cone
Dr. Sybril Bennett - New Century Journalism Program at Belmont University

*Committee Chairman

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CFP - Society for Research on Adolescence

The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) has released their CFP for their biannual conference to be held Thursday, March 23, through Sunday, March 26, 2006 in San Francisco, California. This is a very large conference with a wide variety of presentation topics. While their focus is not primarily on digital environments their 345 entry Keyword List, which can be found in the CFP, includes entries like body image, bullying/victimization, communication, community, emotion, friendship, gender, language, media, narrative, social identification, and technology. These are just the words that jump out at me because of my own work and some of the work of others that I know visit this space.

I hope to see as many internet research papers presented at SRA as possible. I think the attendees can benefit from hearing some of our research as we can benefit from hearing theirs as well.

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March 22, 2005

CFP - Ethics of Anonymity: Violence of the Peer Review

This is a very interesting call...very thought provoking.  Have you had reviews that feel as though they were meant to kill the spirit rather than to improve the work?  Have you given that type of review to another?  Did receiving a biting review make you better?  Did writing one make you more powerful?  Very thought provoking indeed.

      Imagine if scholars applying for promotion, instead of strutting their stuff - publications, praise from various quarters - were obliged to show their betters and/or peers all the worst things that had ever been written or said of them, whether anonymously or otherwise. What would happen to academic culture if failures to publish and present were given equal weight with success? Or greater weight? Better still, imagine if all the vitriol the aspiring had - under the cover of anonymity - themselves delivered their peers, were to come back to bite them in this manner. Imagine if scholars were judged on what they had said of others (students, peers, superiors) rather than on what had been said of them.
      In academia today - and in the "humanities" no less than elsewhere - all kinds of abusive posturing and even bullying pass through the anonymous peer review process to make the aspiring scholar/author feel small, and to leave her wondering whether she should bother at all. Such abuse is painted as being part of the rough and tumble of academic life, even a necessary rite of passage (like the oral defence). It's associated with "rigour", with "standards", with the "proper scrutiny of arguments and evidence". But might it not be worth asking whether the power positions implied in the posturing and the bullying conflate with the class, gender, race and other biases built into and concealed by the academy more generally? Fantasies of karma and just desserts aside, this call is for papers and materials (textual or otherwise) which document or deal with
-     abuses of position and/or the privilege of anonymity in the process of "peer" reviewing
-     the relationship of peer reviewing and anonymous review/criticism to the more general gate-keeping customs and proclivities of academia
-     other-than-academic analogies for anonymous rejection, disdain and negativity, for instance as directed at creative work
-     power relations in and beyond the academy and the means by which these are fostered or challenged or otherwise refracted through peer review and related processes
-     ways in which the review process (in scholarly and with literary and other kinds of work) might be used to offer constructive, engaged criticism, examples of same
-     ways in which the critical process of peer review can aid the individual's creative and critical processes
-     collaborative and less ego laden means of encouragement among scholars (likewise in the creative arts), and particularly of the apprentice by the more experienced scholar (and also artist)
-     the relationship (positive, negative or otherwise) between anonymity and the prospects of scholarly (and other kinds of) community
-     questions of intellectual property as these relate to the anonymous response (and indeed anonymous texts/works)
-     "fair use", relationships between intellectual property, anonymity (critical or otherwise) and the prospect of intellectual/artistic community
-     the relation of any or all of the foregoing issues to the more generally conceived ethical responsibilities of the scholar and the academy.
      The object of this call is not to pre-empt the nature of the project's output. However from the outset eventual publication is imagined in the form of either a book volume, an exhibition or web-site or some combination of these. This work is not aimed at outing any individuals anywhere (although it might lead to some healthy self-recrimination), rather it is aimed at exposing a culture of intimidation, mockery and myopic thinking which works to keep people in their scholarly boxes/corners and which works against the prospect of community and the cross-fertilisation of ideas from different disciplines and from other than academic quarters of the world.
      The work of Pierre Bourdieu - among others - looms large on this project's theoretical horizon. What are those powers of habitus or cultural capital which enable the snobby or the grandstanding ego to do its business, to belittle the competition? Guiding imagery for the project at its outset is in the form of Kafka's man from the country who in the story "Before the Law" stands for a lifetime deterred by a gatekeeper frompassing through a doorway, which it turns out, was built especially and only for him.
      One needs no prophetic powers to predict that a call of this nature offers a field day for the ficto-critically inclined. So be it. Forewarned is forearmed. Your sincerity will be appreciated, but in the spirit of the thing, the entire operation will be kept anonymous unless participants request things be otherwise.
      This call is made by the Planetdevotion Group. Planetdevotion is a group of artists and writers dedicated to fostering the creative spirit, to the healing power of imaginative expression and to the critical vocation of thought and of art. Our group motto brings the issue of anonymity to the fore. It's from Emily Dickinson's poem. "I'm nobody. Who are you?" Recall it was with similar brave mien Odysseus faced a certain giant (and met
certain griefs later on for his trouble).
      Contributions (proposals, abstracts, completed papers, exemplary texts, artworks, expressions of interest in participation) etc should be addressed to: [email protected]
      This call current till the end of 05, at which point those participating in the project will be polled to decide a direction.

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Media Fabrics Experiment and poetics in academic writing

Today I read a very interesting article: Kelliher, Aisling (2004). Everyday cinema. In International Multimedia Conference: Proceedings of the 1st ACM workshop on story, representation, mechanism and context (pp. 59-62). New York: ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMULTIMEDIA), and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Retrieved Nov. 24, 2004 from Kelliher's writing style has a mix of academics and poetry that makes it very easy to spend time with. I recommend that any blog researcher take a look at this one for the discussion of narrative through visual artifacts and the discussion of technological issues related to establishing the site.

The MIT Media Lab page has a short description of the Media Fabrics Experiment.

Human society is thoroughly immersed in a vast network of communicated information, consisting of media artifacts and procedural structures. Our technologies have become mobile, our story-making fragmentary, our impressions of meaning dynamic. How can we benefit from these changes, while navigating and engaging with these novel aspects of the modern life? Media Fabrics research focuses on a new paradigm: a semi-intelligent organism where lines of communication, threads of meaning, chains of causality, and streams of consciousness converge and intertwine to form a rich tapestry of creative story potentials, meaningful real-time dialogues, social interactions, and personal or communal art and story-making. The media fabric paradigm shapes how we see media construction, exchange, performance, and reflection. It is characterized by six critical attributes: it is connected, integral to our everyday lives, improvisational, mindful, synergistic, and open to self-reflection. As information manipulation becomes something more complex and more personal - as if in "conversation with an audience" - participants dynamically transcend their roles as creators, editors, and audience, continuously weaving and navigating original paths within the media fabric.

Public access is also available to see the Media Fabrics Experiment blog.

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This post came across one of my PubSub searches.  I do not have the url only the name of the blog, it was pulled from the Latest Posts about 18 hours ago.  The actual blog from whence it comes appears to be called fuilleverte: old discussion.

As a Fogelberg fan I was taken by the comparison, one I had thought about before but seems so appropriate of late with issues in my world.  Do we take the easy road or do we take a new and different one that may be harder but more rewarding?  I think that is probably one of the essential questions of living. Links have been added to the post to give the reader access to additional information.

Once in a vision I came on some woods And stood at a fork in the road My choices were clear yet I froze with the fear Of not knowing which way to go Oh, one road was simple acceptance of life The other road offered sweet peace When I made my decision My vision became my release.  Netherlands, Dan Fogelberg =================================================================================================== Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken [the actual name of the poem is Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening]

================================================================================================== Both say the same thing but Dan gives you more of a choice.. Where Robert Frost tells you to take his road the one less travel and that that will make all the difference, Fogelberg simply says there is a choice and that the choice sets you free.. Choice here is the true Shibolith here, the password to a future sure in yourself.. if you choose the path of acceptance then you become one of the crowd. you lose a bit of yourself to the crowd but you gain surety from them.. If you choose the harder path of sweet peace.. you Gain self you become a pillar for others to view, but you give up the safety of anonymity.. make your own choice. be who you are.. let no other tell you that his way is right and yours is wrong..

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Dreaming and blog coding and psychological well being

Lilia posted the following on her blog Mathemagenic today:

Blog research addict

You know that you are turning into a blog research addict if you discuss coding of weblogs with Luis [Lois] and Elijah in a dream and then wake up to share breakfast with your partner in crime of mapping weblog communities :)

I am in equal parts, deeply humbled to have been elevated to the status of "dream" weblog coder & discussant, and concerned that Lilia has taken a serious psychological turn for the worse. *raising one eyebrow* When one is dreaming about academic discussion, let alone academic discussion with Elijah and I, there are concerns. *nods slowly*

Please send your donations for "Lilia's Counseling Fund" to..........

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SxSW and ETech - A view of tagging

Erik Benson, at his self titled blog, has a post called a concise guide to what I learned at sxsw and etech 2005. In it, among other things, he talks about tags, mentioning that tags are replacements for tedious ontologies. I think he means ontology as a confined vocabulary, rather then just the general concept.

I have resisted the movement to tagging because of the limited utility of searching algorithms that search for words like the term as will as forms of the term. Example I tag a post as "blogging" and you search for "writing online" will you find my post? This could be a problem specifically if my post is about the concepts related to writing online but I tagged it as blogging because that is the format my writing takes, rather then say webpages or hypertext poetry.

- people tag things for many different reasons
- other people want to use tags as a replacement for ontologies
- these other people seem to assume that the first people are tagging things in rational and thoughtful ways
- these (other) people are mistaken

We should treat tags like happy accidents that sometimes appear rational, and which we can draw interesting assumptions out of that will sometimes match our desired outcomes. We should analyze them the same way we analyze clickstream data or other behavioral patterns... assume that it's dirty, that it doesn't map perfectly to our ideal picture of the world, and don't be afraid to throw a lot of it away when aggregating it

I'm still not sold. Though I am watching and thinking about the subject. LOL As with all other issues of life, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time...repeatedly...and without warning.

Erik Benson also writes the 43 Things blog, not to be I'm sure it regularly is confused with...the 43 Folders blog to which I have previously referred.

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March 21, 2005

The Diagram Journal

The EyeBeam blog pointed me toward a very cool online journal, Diagram. Diagram is a journal "interested in representations. In naming. In indicating. In schematics. In the labelling and taxonomy of things. In poems that masquerade as stories; in stories that disguise themselves as indices or obituaries."

I'm working to keep myself from taking the time, time is such a scarce commodity these days, to check out the entire archive of this site. The diagrams are very cool. So far I have checked out everything from insect wings to "Response Sociograms for Two Different Group Discussion Styles.

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Attribution of our sources in blogs

Duncan at The Blog Herald has an excellent post on Ethics and Blogging: Attribution where due. It ties in nicely with my own previous comments on citation of blog posts, Blog citation when found in an intervening blog. It often feels like this is an old form since I have been at it now for awhile- "it" being researching and thinking about the form, as well as writing a blog - it is always good to be reminded that this is a very new form with emerging formats, rules, and paradigms.

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Women Working, 1870 - 1930

The Moleskinerie pointed me to the Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program and their exhibition called Women Working, 1870 - 1930:
...provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections. This collection explores women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the workplace, and social issues are all well documented. The collection currently contains 2,396 books and pamphlets, 1,075 photographs, and 5,000 pages from manuscript collections.

The collection includes books, serials, pamphlets, photographs, diaries, manuscripts, and trade catalogs to illustrate womens working lives during this 60 year period. I have to say the most fascinating parts for me are the diaries and the photographs. Interesting enough that many of the photos picture men, not sure if how that fits the theme of the exhibition.

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March 20, 2005

My Geek Code

I am spending the evening reading through Alex Halavais' dissertation The Slashdot Effect: Analysis of a Large-Scale Public Conversation on the World Wide Web. Is an interesting document that is teaching much about Slashdot, while I consider myself to be a geek I am not a Slashdot geek.

So while taking a brain break from my reading I decided to check out the "geek code" that Alex discusses and I have seen posted online. I had seen it but could not translate it, an in group thing for a group of which I was not a part. After playing with the website here is my personal geek code line:

GED/J d- s+:+ a+ C++++ u-- P+ L W+++ n+ w+ O M-- PS++ PE-- Y++ t+ 5++ X+ R* tv+ b++++ DI++++ e+++ h--- r+++

All the pluses surprised me. Would have thought there would be a more even distribution of pluses and minuses.

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Geocoding you blog

I have become fascinated with The Map Room: A Weblog About Maps. Which is, in and of itself, interesting since I have only a traveler's interest in maps usually. Can't explain it, won't try.

I found today's post, Two Ways to Geocode Your Blog, particularly interesting. The idea that a blog can be placed on a map is something I will have to think about. You see for me, I have a physical location but my blog transcends is everywhere and nowhere at once. Likewise a permanent metadata tag that gave my physical location would be a triviality in creating any ontology to classify my blog.  Besides which location would I give? Home, main campus, Indy campus, local campus, one of three local libraries, or some short-term location where to which I have traveled...all of these are locals where I have been while posting blog entires.

I should add that all of that is without even touching the safety issues that go with telling the entire planet where you are sitting at a given moment. "Big brother is watching" at its worst, and voluntarily signing on to it makes it even more uncomfortable.

Here's a taste of the post, it is full of links so check out the original:

"Geocoding" is adding latitude/longitude data to something to indicate its physical location — for example, geocoding a digital photograph so you can pinpoint where it was taken, or geocoding your blog so that people can know where you're blogging from. Now, as far as blogs are concerned, the most frequent use of geocoding is to be able to show which other bloggers are located nearby. A few blog maps showed where some bloggers were relative to one another, but the biggest geocoding project was probably GeoURL: it generated lists of nearby bloggers based on latitude/longitude data embedded in a web page's metadata. (It was one of Joshua Schachter's many projects; another one turned into

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CFP - Dates extended for HICSS 39, Minitrack on Persistent Conversation

Seventh Annual Minitrack on Persistent Conversation
Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS 39)
Hyatt Regency, Kauai, Hawaii
January 4-7, 2006

New changes:
- Abstract deadline extended to March 31st
- The minitrack will be preceded by a half day workshop

=== AT A GLANCE ===

= Summary of Topic =
Persistent conversations occur via instant messaging, chat, email, blogs, bulletin boards, MOOs, graphical VR environments, document annotation systems, text messaging on mobile phones, etc. Such forms of conversation play a crucial role in domains such as online communities, the sharing and management of Knowledge, and the support of e-commerce, e-learning and other network mediated interactions. The persistence of digitally mediated conversation affords new uses (e.g. searching, replaying, restructuring) and raises new problems. This multi-disciplinary minitrack seeks contributions from researchers and designers that improve our ability to understand, analyze, and/or design persistent conversation systems.

= Who =
Researchers and designers from fields such as anthropology, computer-mediated communication, HCI, interaction design, linguistics, management, psychology, rhetoric, sociology, and so forth. We also welcome submissions from graduate students.

= Chairs =
Thomas Erickson, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center ([email protected])
Susan Herring, School of Library and Information Science,
Indiana University ([email protected])

= Important Dates* =
Abstract submission:**    Thursday, March 31, 2005
Abstract feedback:        Thursday, April 15, 2005
Paper submission:         Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Accept/Reject notice:     Monday, August 15, 2005
Final papers due:         Thursday, September 15, 2005
One author must register: Thursday, September 15, 2005

  *  For other dates. such as end of early registration and hotel deadlines see the official HICSS conference site
**  Abstracts are optional but strongly recommended; to submit a paper without an abstract, please contact the chairs

= For More Information =
* This call for participation:
* History (papers and participants in previous minitracks):
* About the minitrack, contact: [email protected], [email protected]
* About the HICSS conference, see:

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March 19, 2005

Preople Rank

Have you checked out your Preople Rank? It's an interesting concept that gives you a ranking of your own, or anyone else's, status online against others in their database. All of it based on the good 'ole vanity search we all know and love.

Mine isn't too bad. I can live with a ranking in the high 70's. Even with more publications I don't expect I will ever out rank Britany least not before she is 30 years old.

When I first wrote this post I was under the impression that the ranking was a percentile ranking, which would make 76 pretty darn good. *sigh* Oh well, now it appears that the ranking is done through other means, in that 100 is not the top score available. SOOO it looks like I have ranking work to do. How did yours come out?

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March 18, 2005

Blogging CCCC (4Cs)

Clancy is blogging the CCCConference (4Cs) at CultureCat. She has posts up for the first two sessions. Check out CCCC, Day 1, Session 1 and CCCC: Day 1, Session 2. So check the main page as the conference progresses for more new postings.

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Kids and blogs - words equal jail time

From Duncan at The Blog Herald:

Michigan State Police warn: blogging could mean jail time

Not content to let Michigan School Officials naysay about the dangers of blogging (as reported here on Feb 11), Michigan State police have joined in the blog bashing fun warning that blogs could result in kiddies going to jail.

Lt. Tim Lee, Michigan State Police Department warns:" [Kiddies] can say horrible things about a principal or horrible things about their parents, or horrible things about the kid next door, and they feel like no one's going to find them..But what kids often don't realize is that saying horrible things about a person on the internet could get them into trouble with the law."

But not content with warning off kiddies from using name calling on blogs, Lee goes one further: "That person goes out there, reads the posting and says, yeah I'm nervous about this, or I feel uncomfortable, I'm afraid for my life. They contact law enforcement, and that's when we get involved…If we can identify those individuals, and there's enough information to believe that person's threat is accurate, that person could actually carry out that threat, then that is a threat that would be prosecuted."

When I was a kid, back in the dark ages, parents used to remind their kids that "Sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me." Now I don't buy into the concept that words never hurt, but when did we swing the pendulum all the way over to the idea that all words hurt all the time? Seems to me that devoid of any eminent and plausible threat; the parents, school personnel, etc. should use this as a teaching moment and help the youth see that their actions have impacts and consequences. However, jail time is just over the top in most situations.

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Blog traffic: Length of visitor stays

My morning RSS reading includes several keyword searches through PubSub's searching facilities. One of my searches brings me new posts that use "blog research" in their text. This morning I caught a dilly from Blog Business World. Check out Blog traffic: Length of visitor stays.

Blog visitor traffic is composed of several components.

Along with numbers of visitors, their entry page to the blog, and whether the blog was accessed from a search engine or an external link, is the matter of how long a visitor stays at the blog.

Research conducted by my good friend Darren Rowse of the must read Pro Blogger has determined that the average visitor remains at a blog for all of 96 seconds.

That's an entire minute and a half.

That's not very long.

It's an interesting article with some very useful numbers. I've already added the sources to my Reference Manager database.

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March 17, 2005

More Parents Use Filters to Control Teen Web Use

This afternoon Clickz Network posted an article, More Parents Use Filters to Control Teen Web Use by Rob McGann. The article cites a Pew Internet and American Life study, Protecting Teens Online and includes quotes from Amanda Lenhart, PEW Researcher and super grad student at Georgetown. I have been unable to get the PEW study to load so here is the text of the Clickz article to get you interested and to remind you to keep trying to get to the source material.

Use of Internet filters to protect teenager Web surfers has expanded substantially over the last four years, according to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Approximately 54 percent of Internet households with teenagers now use filters, compared to 41 percent in December 2000. Given the current online population, this means the number of teens whose Internet use is screened by filters has increased from 7 million to 12 million in the last four years.

The study was based on a survey of 1,100 parents of 12 to 17 year olds, and an equal number of their children from October 26 to November 28, 2004.

In addition to filters, parents are also trying other techniques to control and monitor their teenagers' Web use. Pew found 73 percent of online teens say their household computer is located in a "public" place in the home. About 64 percent of parents say they set rules for their children's time online.

"It's interesting when you look at non-technological monitoring techniques. All of those have remained stable in the last few years," said Amanda Lenhart, a Pew research specialist. "That's because parents don't have any more time in 2005 than in 2000. But filtering serves as a safety net that can be there to protect teens."

"It's important to understand that there is no such thing as a perfect filter," Lenhart said. "Filters under-block and over-block, and there is no substitute for non-technical means, like talking with your kids about the basics of media literacy."

Pew also found parents and teens share similar views about the carelessness of teen behavior online. Approximately 81 percent of parents say their teenagers aren't careful enough online when giving out information about themselves. For their part, 79 percent of teens agree they aren't careful enough when sharing such information.

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Women as bloggers - long post warning

This morning's RSS feeds have brought another round of the ages old, "Why aren't there more women bloggers?" debate. *sigh* I really wonder when these guys will get it folks. The blogosphere is dominated by women, and rightly so, women have been the daily writers of the world for generations...diaries, letters, post cards, newsletters, greeting cards, etc. Blogging is an extension of those earlier forms of daily writing. Where women are not the primary gender blogging about a topic is in the fairly narrow genre of "political blogs." Sadly this is the only category that members of the media seem to think of as blogs, so from their perspective there are not many women bloggers.

My colleague David Brake at Media @ lse first alerted me that the discussion was open again with his post, Why is the [political] blogosphere dominated by white males? David has taken a sociological view, in his short post, on why there are few women writing in the political blog genre. I should note here that David is commenting on Steven Levy's Blogging Beyond the Men's Club. I actually emailed Levy about this article when it came out, using only political blogs and one blogging conference to gage the female contingent of an entire online process seems pretty skewed to me.

From Media @ LSE:

Finally someone from the mainstream media (Steven Levy) asks this obvious question. He gets part of the answer - bloggers tend to link to people like themselves - but tacitly assumes that there are a large number of (for example) black women blogging about the same kinds of things that the leading (white male) bloggers are and being excluded.

This misses the wider point that sociologists like Bourdieu have explored - that many people - particularly those of lower social status or women - may simply never think of political discussion as something 'for them' either because they don‚„t see politics as relevant to them or because they feel their opinions would not be listened to.

Well I can't speak for all women or even most of them, but I can do a little autoethnography and speak for myself. I don't blog about politics because the daily ins and outs of it are boring to me now. I didn't wake up one day and decide that this was true from hence forth, rather I was politically active for many years - working on and running campaigns for local and regional leaders - and as is want to happen it wears you down. I am still well connected and can pickup the phone and have my calls answered by a variety of political leaders at different levels of government. I exercise that power judiciously on issues that are very important to me.

Like most bloggers I write about what interests me on a daily basis. Sometimes that is politics, more often it is other things. I do not feel disenfranchised rather I just know from experience that the daily goings ons of politics are all consuming and best left to those who feel the fire.

In his post David points to A-list blogger Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine and his post Blogging white male. Jarvis, an excellent example of having the "fire" I referred to above.  Jarvis seems to be taking Levy's comments a bit too personally throughout most of the post; as though Levy was advising that white male bloggers be expunged, "Off with their heads!", which by my read he is not. The post is long and rambling and somewhat incoherent in places but there are a few points I think should receive comment.

Third, anyone can blog. Anyone. If you're not white or not male or not American or not powerful or not rich or not anything, you can still blog. This is not like Big Media, where there's a gate to keep and a ceiling to hit. This is a wide-open medium where anyone can blog. This old quota talk is outmoded and irrelevant. Hell, people in Iran can blog -- a heckuva lot of them women, by the way. People in Afghanistan and Iraq and Lebanon and Bahrain can blog even though there are efforts in all those places to stop them. But nobody's stopping anybody here from blogging. So if you don't think there are enough unmale or unwhite or unanything people blogging, go convince some of them to go to Blogger and sign up! It's that easy.

Jarvis' comment is accurate but naive. Check out the statistics on internet access. Access like blogging is the province of the "have's," at home and internationally, with the less-than-have's being limited to ways that most of us with multiple personal access points - home, work, school, desktop, pc, wired, and wireless - would find hard to deal with. If you have questions about this checkout your local public library or internet cafe, the lines are long to use the available computers. Of course I should mention that access to free blog hosting sites helps to bridge the gap but only after the writer has access to the medium as a whole.

I probably should mention here that recent studies have show that 70% of the worlds poor are female. Often they are women with children. So women are disproportionately likely to have problems accessing any point of the online medium, not just blogging.

Fourth, in the blogosphere, nobody knows you're a dog... or unmale... or unwhite. There are plenty of bloggers I read who are demographic mysteries to me. I honestly don't know the race or gender of many bloggers and commenters I read and -- listen carefully now -- I don't care. When I was raised in this country, we were taught that it was a goal of our culture -- melting-pot nirvana -- to get to the point where race and gender didn't matter. Well, we've finally created a medium where that's possible. But now we're trying to make race and gender matter again. How crazy is that? That is, to paraphrase my West Virginia father [you see, I'm hillbilly, actually], bassackwards.

PLEASE! Will this idea never die. *sigh* Language not ungendered. If you don't know the gender of the person whose writing you are reading, then they are almost always male or, if female, they are writers who use highly masculinized writing styles often learned through socialization into highly masculine academics and technology and journalism. If you don't believe me check out the Gender Genie, it is a linguistics site that can fairly accurately show the gender of the writer of a piece of text. There are exceptions, my personal writing is always listed as male though my blog entries are more female then my academic writing. Why does this happen? For much the same reason that this debate persists. After 25 years of schooling I have succumbed to the dominate writing style of the people who have taught me, the "right" style I'm sure many of them would say. So my writing is more masculine then I am personally...this writer is 100% girl.

Fifth, don't judge the blogosphere only by 100 blogs on top of some list. That's so old media. There are eight million blogs -- and 7,999,900 of them that get more traffic and more links and more interest than those mere 100. Judge their diversity.

SO SO TRUE! It's been amazing to me that the media eschews diary blogs as trivial and boring, until there is some reason to elevate them because of their informal discussions of daily happenings in hot spots or problem areas around the world. Salam Pax did not start out as a political blog, rather it was a politically conscious diary blog that often commented about the people and places the author visited during his daily movements. The diary only became the darling of the political in-crowd after "the places" he visited became part of an impending war zone. Likewise diary blogs have been temporarily elevated to the heights of the blogosphere when they have included among their daily writings references to news making events - the bombings in Madrid, the tsunami, etc. These blogs remain at their heart diaries, dairies that can now add a section about their experiences as media darlings until their 15 minutes is expended and they return to their regular entries.

What is interesting to think about is even in these ad hoc elevations of diaries to news, the bloggers are usually males, and often are white. Is that because women are not writing about their experiences in these disasters? Possibly. Maybe they are out working to help the people impacted rather then sitting behind a computer writing. Maybe they are so devastated by the horrors they have experienced that words fail them. I can understand that, it took me three years to write about 9/11 and I don' think I will ever be able to do so dispassionately. And maybe, just maybe they see disasters as local tragedies and not the fodder for international observation. Or, as is most likely, the blogs chosen are by male writers because they are "good" writing which means masculine writing.

The only thing I know for sure here is that there are far more female bloggers online then males. I sincerely hope that someday the media opens their eyes and realizes that their own gender biases keep them from seeing the flood that is around them...there are women everywhere.

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More is often better

Last night's late BBC feed brought an fascinating article by Julianna Kettlewell, Female chromosome has X factor.

A large team of scientists has published a detailed profile of the DNA bundle in Nature magazine.

They found that female mammals, who possess two copies of the X chromosome, express more genes than males, who only have one X and a Y chromosome.

They also said that females were protected from many diseases because of their double dose of the X chromosome.

"The X chromosome is the most extraordinary in the human genome in terms of biology and its association with disease," said Mark Ross, the project leader at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK.

Na na na naaa na, girls have more then boys. LOL

Read the article it is very interesting, I plan on picking up the source article in Nature as well. Might as well get the information from the horses mouth as it were.

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March 16, 2005

Kris Cohen and Photoblogging

I just finished reading an in press article, it's due Autumn 2005, to which I want to draw your attention.

Cohen, Kris (in press). What does the photoblog want? Media, Culture & Society .

Abstract: Theoretical accounts of photography have persistently emphasised, departed from, and returned to the issue of the Real, thereby positioning the Real behind or at the heart of what photography purportedly is and does. But these familiar and familiarising consistencies in the writing about photography do not make photographs less of a paradox at the level of being (what they are), or less equivocal at the level of their expressive content (what they mean or know). Digital photography problematises the issues yet further even while writing about digital photography reasserts the familiar pieties. This paper presents the results of an ethnographic study of photoblogs as a way of addressing impasses in the literature on photography and digital photography. Blogs have become popular in the last three years as an internet-based technology for writing the self. Photoblogs are a type of blog which add photographs to text and hyperlinks in the telling of stories. In this paper, I argue that photoblogs are 1. entities which identify the repetitions which paralyse writing about photography and 2. entities which want to position photographs as something more than an outcome, photobloggers as something more than selves (or authors), and the photoblog as something more than a technology.

This article has been part of my blog bibliography for sometime, though I just got around to reading it today. Cohen has done an excellent job exploring the practice and thought processes of photobloggers. The idea that while photoblogging gives a purpose to the practice of picture taking it is not in and of itself the reason one takes pictures, can probably be extended to text blogging as well. Many text bloggers either write or at least document and analyze internally, the same materials they post on the blog. While the blogging process facilitates the capture of these words it is not the sole arbiter of the creation.

There are related aesthetic considerations: by and large, photobloggers don't like flash photography. They actively eschew it, in fact, preferring blurs and indecipherability to the disfiguring glare of a flash bulb. They also don't like posed photographs, unless the pose is self-consciously struck and thus internally critical (via irony, caricature or mockery) of posing, as such. Because they don't tend to like poses, many invent shooting tactics that disarm people's hair trigger proclivity to compose themselves for a camera: they 'shoot from the hip', they shoot over their shoulder, they shoot when friends' mouths are full, when no one is expecting, they shoot surreptitiously on the train or anywhere. Photobloggers explain their various disinclinations by saying they'd rather have pictures of people as they 'really are.' People don't smile abstractly or pose artificially or glow strobically in 'real life', so why would they want a photograph of such effects? (p. 10).

Again this is analogous to the rough and ready form many blogs adopt. Misspelling is irrelevant, formats to confining, the goal of the writing is fast and loose and get it online.

I think Cohen's article is important first because it is an initial attempt to characterize a new phenomena - photoblogs. Secondly it gives those of us who work with text blogs a view of a similar but different entity that may allow us to look at our environments with new eyes.

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PEW says: More wired seniors than ever

Susannah Fox at the Pew Internet & American Life Project wrote in today's commentary More wired seniors than ever:

There has been a steady increase over the past year in the percentage of older Americans who go online. In our January 2005 phone survey, 26% of Americans age 65+ report internet access, compared to the 22% of older Americans described in our March 2004 report.

Wired seniors' activities online reflect the fact that they are more likely to be new users. New users adopt email and information-gathering immediately, but shy away from making purchases, banking, or participating in online auctions. As the population ages, more people who regularly used the internet at work will retire and the over-65 set will probably have higher rates of connectivity and report higher rates of "high trust" activities.

While not my direct research population this is a group of interest to me personally because it encompasses many of my relatives and parents of my friends. I am glad to see the numbers rising though not am not surprised at it is happening. Like the writer I think the increase in utilization is directly attributable to the "aging in" of users who have previously been introduced to digital technology though their professional activities. I have no doubt that if the "65+" age group were broken into say five-year increments that utilization would drop off as the ages advance. Why? Because fewer of that population was introduced to the technology during their working lives.

Secondly younger members of the demographic are encouraged to adopt email as a means to communicate with their wired family members - children and grandchildren. In my grandmothers retirement community there was one women who introduced many of the residents to email simply because her children bought her a email appliance and by using it she was much more connected to her grandchildren. They would email and, eventually, instant message her throughout the day. What a wonderful way to keep those with mobility issues a part of the active generations lives.

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Is Kerry gunning for bloggers or for the "news as entertainment" mindset of the OM?

Duncan at The Blog Herald has an interesting post where John Kerry takes a swipe at Bloggers.

Failed US Presidential Candidate John Kerry has taken a swipe at bloggers in a speech on Feb 28, 2005 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, that has remained mostly unreported in the mainstream media and the blogosphere.

In a wide ranging speech in which he discussed the role of the media in both American society and politics, he said "We learned...that the mainstream media, over the course of the last year, did a pretty good job of discerning. But there's a subculture and a sub-media that talks and keeps things going for entertainment purposes rather than for the flow of information. And that has a profound impact and undermines what we call the mainstream media of the country. And so the decision-making ability of the American electorate has been profoundly impacted as a consequence of that. The question is, what are we going to do about it?"

There are so many points that are disturbing in his comments, as reported here. I pulled up The Weekly Standard story Kerry Loves the Mainstream Media to check it out.

Addressing the audience of tame Democrats, Kerry explained his defeat. "There has been," he said, "a profound and negative change in the relationship of America's media with the American people. . . . If 77 percent of the people who voted for George Bush on Election Day believed weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq--as they did--and 77 percent of the people who voted for him believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11--as they did--then something has happened in the way in which we are talking to each other and who is arbitrating the truth in American politics. . . . When fear is dominating the discussion and when there are false choices presented and there is no arbitrator, we have a problem."

America is not doctrinaire. It's hard for an American politician to come up with an ideological position that is permanently unforgivable. Henry Wallace never quite managed, or George Wallace either. But Kerry's done it. American free speech needs to be submitted to arbitration because Americans aren't smart enough to have a First Amendment, and you can tell this is so, because Americans weren't smart enough to vote for John Kerry.

"We learned," Kerry continued, "that the mainstream media, over the course of the last year, did a pretty good job of discerning. But there's a subculture and a sub-media that talks and keeps things going for entertainment purposes rather than for the flow of information. And that has a profound impact and undermines what we call the mainstream media of the country. And so the decision-making ability of the American electorate has been profoundly impacted as a consequence of that. The question is, what are we going to do about it?"

I'm not sure I share Duncan's take on this piece as a swipe at bloggers so much as it is a reference to "news" as entertainment across all of the media.  Read the feeds yourself and you decide.

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March 15, 2005

A good hearty belly laugh

There are few people I enjoy laughing at more then myself. Is that narcissism or anti-narcissism? Not sure but it can defiantly be fun and this one is so good I simply had to share. (Pictures tell much of this story so make sure you check them out in the post if you are reading this RSS.)

Yesterday was a busy day: Car to the dealer for oil change at 10:00am, Cat to the vet at 2:00pm, and a chairing a meeting at 7:00pm. Well busy for spring break at least. So I got dressed comfortably in the morning, casual but stylish enough...jeans and a long beige sweater, with of course the required undergarments for a women my age.
The pictures are of my favorite old comfortable pair of jeans. A bit worn but totally serviceable, not so much worn as well loved. I always ALWAYS check them over before I put them on just to make sure that everything has held together through the wash and they are ready for one more trip round the pond. And as usual yesterday everything looked fine, some small worn patches at stress points but all and all in pretty good shape. And with that check completed I went on through my day and never thought again about my clothes.

Until last night when I was getting dressed for bed. I slipped off my jeans and in so doing promptly put my hand through a six inch gap near the back left pocket. It's a wee bit shocking to realize that you are holding your own cheek when you had not intended to do so.

At some point during the day my aged jeans had given up the ghost...but I have absolutely no idea at what point during the day this happened. LOL Since no one pulled me over to say "Ahhh Lois, you might want to check your pants." I can only assume that no one else noticed it either. Thank the gods for long sweaters and jackets, and denim blue undies. What once were my favorite jeans are now...past their prime. *sigh* Happens to the best of us.

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To attend ICA or to skip ICA, that is the question

I started off this morning, like most mornings, reviewing my Next Action list, as well as, my known deadlines for the next month or two. I deleted attendance at a conference for early next month, and took a look at what was on the dream list for May.

In looking at the list of deadlines, I have begun to question whether I should take the money and the time to attend the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference this year. The Communication and Technology division is always excellent, click on the division name for the program. But since I have no active role in the conference, my paper was declined and I am serving as neither a session chair or respondent, it seems like an inappropriate use of scares funds and time to go to New York just to watch presentations and hang-out with friends. Though I love doing both and learn more than I can every use from both communities.

On well I won't make a decision on it now. Let me get further along in working on the quals paper and maybe a weekend in New York will be just what the doctor ordered before I defend.

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March 14, 2005

Patrick Radden Keefe book and interview

I have heard Patrick Radden Keefe interviewed twice over the last few days. He is the author of Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping. In the book, he researched the possibility that the United States has a planet-spanning surveillance network, known as Echelon. He is officially is a third-year student at Yale Law School, though he was on leave to research and write the book. He was also a Marshall scholar and a 2003 fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

Keefe and the book both sound fascinating. He made many points that I can understand, having spent many years in Human Resource Departments - another oversight group that people love to think is out to get them personally. God wouldn't it be lovely to have that kinda time. *rolling my eyes* Or using Keefe's points, how narcissistic is it to think that if you aren't involved in some huge conspiracy that the government would spend it's resources to watch you. He pointed out that every 3 hours government listening stations collect enough information to fill the Library of Congress. EVERY 3 hours. Amazing.

I think I will have to add this book to my summer reading list. Sorry no link to used books as there were none available at any noteworthy savings...the book is just too new.

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Online citation half-life

Last summer, during the Understanding Internet Research Ethics Workshop, I heard a fascinating presentation by Daniela Dimitrova on the decay rates for links used by scholars in footnotes that cite Web materials. Her co-authored work was discussed again today in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Today's article "Scholars Note 'Decay' of Citations to Online References" can be reached for the next five days, after that only subscribers may access it online.

Mr. Bugeja and Ms. Dimitrova looked at footnotes in articles published from 2000 to 2003 in Human Communication Research, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and New Media & Society.

"The erosion of footnotes," Mr. Bugeja says, "might put us back to a curious situation, wondering whether we have a fair copy of a journal article or a foul copy of a journal article."

In some journals, the decay rate was particularly high. For example, of the 265 citations in New Media & Society articles that included links, 167 did not work.

Steve Jones, a professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago who is an editor of New Media & Society, called the decay of online citations "a real issue" that the journal has begun to examine.

He wonders whether copyright law might someday allow scholars to copy and archive online articles that they used as sources. But he says such a solution is "pie in the sky."

It was interesting during the discussion after her presentation, I mentioned that I try to archive anything digital that I cite. Either I copy the text into the Notes section of Reference Manager or I archive a full copy of the html/pdf in my RefMgr Data directory or I do both. That makes it very useful when you have citations like the NITLE Blog Census data from 2003 that has dropped off the net, but still has the best blog count numbers available. I was the only scholar present who made a practice of archiving the digital information they cite in their work.  I have a feeling that I would not be alone were the same question asked to that group now.

Reference List:

NITLE Blog Census (2003). National Institute for Technology & Liberal Education (NITLE). Retrieved Mar. 15, 2003 from

Estimates place the number of sites calling themselves blogs at over 1.3 million, of which about 870,000 are actively maintained.

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Signs that Spring has arrived

I completely unofficially declare it spring in Southern Indiana. Not only are the Snowdrops blooming in my yard, as they have been for at least two weeks
But now we have our first spring lambs. A set of twins that will shortly be popping around the pen like fuzzy popcorn. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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March 12, 2005

Bill Miller Concert

Hubby saw an article in the paper this morning that mentioned a concert tonight at our old Junior High School, now a grade school. The artist was Bill Miller, 2005 Grammy Award Winner for Best Native American Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental). Mr. Miller plays folk and blues with Native American overtones, as well as more traditional Native American works. This evening he played guitar, harmonica, a variety of Native American flutes, and a drum that looked very much like a Bodhran (celtic drum).

His guitar playing is excellent. I love to get into a good blues rhythm....rocking, and clapping, and stomping...and Miller had me moving from his first cord. But my favorite part was when he played his flutes. I simply adore Native American flute music. When I am reading something that is particularly challenging to me, I put on one of my albums of flute and let it speak to my soul carrying the words I am reading with it. Also when I am stressed by traveling I can plug in my iPod's headphones, tune out the world, and mediate or sleep to the tones of a Native American or celtic flute. This is just no more beautiful music than wooden flutes.

Visually the flutes, and he had several different ones - each a different tuning, were gorgeous. He told the audience that they were all specially made for him by Odell Borg at High Spirits Flutes. I have always wanted to learn to play and maybe I will. Would be a nice thing to take on this summer.

During the concert he played one of my old favorite songs, written and recorded by Michael Martin Murphy. The song is Geronimo's Cadillac

They put Geronimo in jail down South
Where he couldn't look the gift horse in the mouth
Sergeant sergeant don't you feel
There's something wrong with your automobile
Warden, warden, listen to me
Be brave and set Geronimo free
Governor governor isn't it strange
You never see a car on the Indian range?

O boys, take me back,
I want to ride in Geronimo's Cadillac

People people don't you know
The Indians have got no place to go
They took old Geronimo by storm
And ripped the feathers from his uniform
Now Jesus told me and I believe it's true
The Redmen are in the sunset too
Took their land and didn't give it back
And they sent Geronimo a Cadillac
O boys, take me back,
I want to ride in Geronimo's Cadillac

That was great fun for me as I am an old Michael Martin Murphy fan. I saw him three times in concert at various venues around Indiana in the 70's and 80's.

It was a great evening of music. At the moment I don't own any of Miller's CDs but that will be changing as budgets allow.

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Diarist Awards

The Diarist Awards - A special series of awards given by web diarists to web diarists, highlighting the best and brightest the genre has to offer. Voting is open through March 30, 2005.

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A very cool graphical site

Eyebeam pointed me to the most interesting graphical pages I have seen in some time. This page goes on for miles and includes stills and video. Do not go there if you have a slow connection...your computer will not enjoy the trip. All others check out the source for the amuzing graphic, that reminds me of some of my days in teen chatrooms...blah, blah, blah, blah blah.

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Hugh Hewitt, "Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World"

Sometimes you buy books because they speak to you, sometimes you buy books because everyone else is chattering about them so they are a "must read", and sometimes you buy a book because you know you should read it though you know you will never enjoy it. Such is my purchase of:

Hewitt, Hugh (2005). Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World. Nashville: Nelson Books.

Check here for used copies if you think you must.

The reviews I read, before I made my purchase, clearly lead me to believe that this was a vacuous book with very little, if anything, new to add to the discussion. I hate it when I'm right. Hewitt has written 223 page of historicized self-promotion. The only thing vaguely interesting is his attempt to trace the roots of blogging back to the first use of text...ok, there is a now lets all take out our pens and paper or pull up a new Word file and write 500 words linking blogs with the first papyrus. *yawn* Yes you can do it and it is instructive but it's been done.

I must say that I do like his term "the information reformation." But blogs are a part of that concept, the current archetype, probably not the seminal version. Sorry I'm an optimist...the best is yet to be.

Hewitt is not the best of the genre of popular blogging books. For that I would have to give my hat to Biz Stone. His books are fun, easy to understand, with some interesting insights into the phenomena. Buy Stone, skip Hewitt...unless like me you are writing on blogs and feel the need to read everything you can get your hands on. If that is you then definitely buy this one used, my copy will be on Amazon when the quals paper is finished.

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Why blog when you can write it on preimum paper?

May of us that research blogs have heard the comments - from family, friends, other students, or faculty - that blogs are only a passing fancy. In essence they are saying "there is no there there." But the news (old media) in the last two weeks has shown that "there" is not only co-located with, but is deeply embedded in the blogosphere. If not why is everyone so worried? If you don't know what I mean run a Google news search on "blogs" check out stories on Apple or traditional journalism and blogs.

Well in today's mail I received a new Levenger catalog. I'm a huge fan of their tools for serious readers, wish I could afford more of what I see. I bought many of their products that I have on eBay, the search is "levenger" they have great stuff but you need to make sure the monograms are the same as yours. Assuming carrying stuff with someone else's monogram on it would bother you.

I opened my new catalog just to see what I might want to add to my eBay watchlist and what did I find but the ad you see attached to this post. Click the picture to open a larger version in a new window. Levenger is suggesting that 1) blogs are not as colorful as their spring collection of notebooks, 2) that the texture of a blog can't match that of their leather products, and 3) that the act of writing on paper is as, or more, satisfying than writing digitally.

Well off the top I will give them the second one. Blogs don't "feel" like premium leather...though that may be a good thing. As for the other two, the answers depend on the blog, the blogger, and the reader. Either way Levenger believes that their demographic can identify with this advertisement enough to help them sell their products.

Sure sounds to me like the "there" is here. And here is where it is likely to stay until something better comes along. Which is the way of all things digital.

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March 11, 2005

Future Faculty Teaching Fellows Midyear Gathering

Today was the Future Faculty Teaching Fellows Mid-Year Gathering. We had a luncheon and meeting at the Law School Inlow Hall at IUPUI. Four of this year's fellows, all of whom I got to meet last summer at the 2004 Summer Institute, were present. As were most of the 14 graduate students listed as receiving 2005-2006 Fellowships.

I was so pleased that Sara Hook, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies for the School of Informatics, and my mentor for the program, was able to attend. We had a great talk after the luncheon, and I am looking forward to working with Sara next year. She has a wonderfully diverse background and a continuing interest in both teaching and the acquisition of new knowledge. Both of us have broad interests in academia and the arts, and both have followed somewhat circuitous educational routes to bring us to our current positions. I think it is a good mentor/mentee match.

Among the attendees were:

  • John T. Slattery, Dean of the Graduate School
  • Eugene Kintgen, Professor and Associate Dean, University Graduate School
  • Juliet Frey, Special Assistant to the Dean and FFTF Program Coordinator

    Each gave a short address about the program, including their perspective on the effectiveness of such training as well as their, and IU's, continuing commitment to the program. It is always wonderfully ego boosting to be part of the group when someone like Dean Slattery calls the Fellows "the cream of the cream" of IUB graduate students. It makes all the hard work and planning seem as though it is, and will continue to pay off.

    I strongly recommend that students at U.S. universities, including international students at U.S. universities, check to see if their campus has something like a Preparing Future Faculty program and/or fellowship. It is a great opportunity to get a practice run at being a junior faculty member, before the you actually are one. At IUB they are very proud of telling everyone that almost all of the students who have completed FFT Fellowships have gone on to tenure track positions at the type of institution they where they wanted to teach - urban, liberal arts, regional, etc. Juliet said that the FFTF staff often hear from former Fellows that the hiring committees comment favorably on their experience in the program and that it makes a significant difference in their candidate ranking.

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    Art that can be made in and on a Moleskine

    I am at heart a frustrated artist. I see the most amazing things around me but lack the technical skills to reproduce them to the quality I would want. Therefore I am a huge fan of those that can create art on the fly out of whatever the world presents them. So if you too like to see the beauty that other people find and make, check out * sketchbob * and his filled and decorated Moleskine sketchbooks.

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    After a week of watching MyBlogLog stats

    One of the things I have bemoaned, about running any kind of website, is how inaccessible the users stats are to a non-sysadmin type. I mean what is the difference between a hit, files, pages, and visits? If you find the site on a search engine hit and visit, aren't you looking at pages that come from files? Oh and how do I get hits on terms like "�»�µ‘€�µ�½" that I have never ever used in a sentence in my entire life? So clearly more transparent stats would be a good thing for me.  Would that they were delivered personally by a software angel in a clearly understandable format that was instantly usable.  *sigh*

    My ISP provides me with access to a program called CPanel. It gives me some stats I can use easily, particularly bandwidth usage. So to give me a better handle on how many people were actually visiting the site I installed a counter on the main page, it's fun to watch the numbers roll.

    Well the counter gave me part of the answer, but then I got hooked on reading blogs via RSS feed and realized that neither my counter or my CPanel gave me any stats on how many people were reading the site via RSS feed. So to resolve that issue when I set-up Feedburner to count accesses to the site via RSS. Later I added the Feedburner Counter you see at the bottom of the sidebar. Of course I only did that after I edited the template as Feedburner recommends. Unfortunately that means that somehow I have two Feedburner accounts, one that shows on the counter and a second that I can only see on their site. Well I guess I could install a second counter for that account but that seems silly. When I get time I will either figure out how to combine them or I will turn that over to the designers when I get into that process.

    Of course closely on the heels of the Feedburner addition, blog authors were plunged into the depths of the comment and TrackBack spam flood. So of course I was asking how many of my visitors - the term is used to include all the possible variants from hit to visit listed above - were spam bots. That was a burning question for quite a while, especially as I watched my bandwidth usage rise. I resized my main page, cut down comments, and turned off comments on most old entries and the bandwidth usage continued to climb, as it still does. I don't mind paying for real readers to access the site but I sure don't want to be pouring money down the drain so that spam bots can check out the site. Enter MyBlogLog.

    MyBLogLog tells me, in almost easy to understand statistics, how many times the page has been viewed and how many readers there have been per day. Plus it tells me which links are being clicked through to off-site pages. The first two stats added to my Feedburner numbers are giving me a much better understanding of how many people are reading the site.

    The information on what pages have been clicked through to off-site pages has also been interesting. Between the time I made the Feedburner changes and adding MyBlogLog, I had signed up as an Amazon Associate. I had linked to their site consistently for information about books I was discussing so it seemed like a natural extension to add their revenue stream to the links. Well one of the features of the Amazon Associates site is a click through count for links that lead to their site. Those numbers were very instructive, i.e. lots of my readers click through for the added information.

    I've learned from the MyBlogLog stats that readers click on the links in the sidebar at roughly the same rate as the links in the entires. I was surprised and a bit embarrassed to find that so many people were clicking through to my webpage, a site that is not exactly abandoned but is not as well kept then it should be. It's a good thing I was planning to make a transition with that site first by moving it to the same host as this blog and by converting it to Movable Type (MT) for easy updates. I plan to make these changes later this year, after I get this site redesigned and moved to the newest version of MT.

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    March 10, 2005

    Weblogs, should some be cataloged and included in library resources?

    I read a very interesting journal article today:

    Moeller, Paul, and Rupp, Nathan (2005). TalkLeft, Boing Boing, and Scrappleface - The phenomenon of weblogs and their impact on library technical services. Library Resources & Technical Services, 49(1), 7-13

    Abstract: In this paper, we discuss weblogs (blogs), their impact on society, whether they should be considered for inclusion in library collections, and their bibliographic nature. We describe using several top blog lists to help select a blog appropriate for cataloging and inclusion in our libraries' political science collections. Lastly, we compare our record with two other blogs that have been cataloged already and whose records are included in a national bibliographic utility.

    The authors pose some interesting questions about the usefulness of weblogs as retrievable documents. One huge question they present is the problems of including a dynamic resource in a libraries catalogue. They compare blogs to academic libraries subscriptions for electronic journal resources - listing access urls but not actually archiving the resource in the library in question. This comparison is partially true but does not fully address the issue that should a blog cease to exist it will almost completely cease to exist in all formats. This is quite different from journals, which continue to exist, should either the library cease to subscribe to the journal or should journal publication cease, and can even be accessed by patrons just not directly through the electronic resources at hand.

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    Textual tattoos

    From, here are a few of my favorites from his list of textual tattoo pictures. Interesting idea getting a text tattoo...what words would you use?

    I've always thought a tattoo would be cool, long before it was the hot thing to do. Though I'm far to chicken to get one. But if I did I know it would be a text based's a word thing. Seems Jill Walker and I have similarly mentioned the source of this post. *S*

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    March 09, 2005

    Thinking on Paper

    Yesterday's mail brought another new writing book. Funny isn't it how I always make it sound like I didn't have anything to do with the books arrival. Well, of course, I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about writing and research, and tools of both trades of late. So I've ordered a few books that have been recommended. Quals is only the first part of the writing odyssey. Quals, then diss proposal, then diss...lots of writing.

    This book Thinking on Paper: Refine, Express, and Actually Generate Ideas by Understanding the Processes of the Mind has a very deep title. Check here for used copies, they are very very cheap. I think the price has more to do with the publication date then with the quality of the work.

    From the section "Writer's Angst"

    Who among us when confronted with a difficult writing task has not said, "I have all the ideas but simply cannot find the right words to express them"? Or" I know my stuff, but cannot organize my ideas clearly and convincingly"? Or "I have trouble communicating my thoughts on paper"? Many people shy away from writing for such reasons. If you are one of them, take heart. Practical writing is less a matter of mystery than of mastery of skills, many of which you already possess.

    Ahhh yes, been there done that got a t-shirt. Writing is much more fun now than I used to find it...though it is still not an easy process for me. I wonder if it is ever easy for anyone?

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    CFP - Safety and Security in a Networked World: Balancing Cyber-Rights and Responsibilities

    I wish I had time to work up an abstract for this conference and the money to attend. It would be a good venue to hear the policy discussions that will no doubt be shaping internet access issues for teenagers for years to come. It would also be a good venue for policy types to actually hear what we researchers are seeing happen in online spaces, i.e. way more good then bad, and way more issues of bullying then of pedophilia.

    Personally I can't wait for quals to be over so I can get back to my research.

    Dear Colleagues,
    Could I please take this opportunity to remind you that all abstracts for our 'Safety and Security in a Networked World: Balancing Cyber-Rights and Responsibilities' event should be sent to [email protected] no later than 11th March 2005.

    The event will be organised by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), in collaboration with the University of Auckland, NetSafe (the New Zealand government backed Internet Safety Group), EURIM and others and will be held between the 8th-10th September 2005 at the Said Business School, Oxford. It aims to address the value choices and conflicts surrounding cybersafety in a converging world and will feature leading international authorities from government, industry, NGOs and academia, including the computer sciences, humanities, law and the social sciences. For further information on the event and our call for papers please refer to:
    If you have any questions please email: [email protected]

    Kind regards,

    Dr Victoria Nash
    Policy and Research Officer
    01865 287231
    Oxford Internet Institute
    University of Oxford
    1, St Giles
    OX1 3JS

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    CFP - 17th Annual Conference on Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education (EQRE)

     Please consider submitting a proposal for a paper presentation at the
    17th Annual Conference on Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in
    Education (EQRE).  The proposal deadline is May 2 and details are found
    at the conference website:  

    The conference is affordable and centrally-located in OH this year
    which we hope will make it readily accessible to all, by flight or
    driving.  Please circulate this announcement to peers and graduate
    students active in qualitative research projects.  

    We hope to make your personal acquaintance this summer and believe you
    will find the conference to be both enjoyable and professional


    Stephen Gruber, Ed.D.
    Chair, Department of Education

    Michael W. Firmin, Ph.D.
    Chair, Department of Psychology

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    March 08, 2005

    Announcing the 4th Annual National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC) Summer Institute at San Francisco State University

    The 4th Annual National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC) Summer Institute at San Francisco State University June 27 - July 22, 2005

    Join students, professionals and leading experts and faculty from the United States and internationally for this unique annual educational and networking gathering.

    Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis from March through May. Visit our web-site now for detailed information on courses, faculty, housing opportunities, and registration:

    Sex, Social Inequality & Sexual Health
    Mixed Methods in Sexuality Research
    Crises in Sexuality

    Sex(uality), Mass Media and Popular Culture
    Sex(uality) and the Web

    Course Topics:
    Reproductive Health and Rights
    Transgender Health and Legal Issues
    Adolescent Sexualities
    International Human Rights Policy
    Theory/History of Sexuality
    Media and Moral Panics
    Research Methodology Training
    Hate Crime & Heterosexism
    Marriage & Citizenship

    Featured Faculty:
    Sonia Correa
    Gary Dowsett
    Jamison Green
    David Halperin
    Gilbert Herdt
    Deborah Levine
    Rita Melendez
    Rogerio Pinto
    Chris Thrasher
    Deborah Tolman
    Theo van der Meer
    Saskia Wieringa

    Academic and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available

    For more information, please contact:
    Joy O'Donnell and Katrin Greim, Summer Institute Coordinators
    (415) 437-5113 [email protected]

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    Today's writing

    I started today's writing with 868 words, much of it outlining so don't get excited yet, and 7 citations.

    I spent much of the afternoon finding a few conference papers that were eluding me in university resources or on the net. If you are in the same boat check out TechRepublic, registration is required and they share data so answer their questions accordingly, they are archiving most of the Semantic Web papers that are not on the W3C site.

    So today I started working on my book length citations. Going through my notes and parsing out what quotes and citations I want to use from each. You will probably see that my word count goes up and down as I work through this process. It would be lovely to say that the change was just good editing, but it would be untrue. Part of my writing process is to insert the quotations and topics I want to address into the working documents then to sculpt them into a final product. So historically my early working documents are many times larger then the final product. I know not everyone works this way, though many I have met do, but for me it is much easier for me to visualize the final product then when I write and insert as I go.

    Of course as I worked with my plan to start with book length citations I found it to be problematic. It may mean a slight change of focus is necessary in the proposed abstract or just that it wasn't working today. Either way I am regrouping and working from my research articles first. It may make structure apparent quickly.

    So I am backing up and working with the 130 scholarly citations I have in my Reference Manager database. I am taking notes on those where I have not previously done so. I am reviewing their keywording, from a list I entered, and seeing how topics gang together. Then I will work on writing again. Though in truth all of this is writing as the notes I take become the paragraphs in the final document.

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    A Philosophy of Childhood

    Yesterday I attended the Poynter Center Fellows Lecture: The Ethics and Politics of Childhood given by Professor Gareth B. Matthews, Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts. His topic was "A Philosophy of Childhood." Professor Matthews has a website designed to help teachers and school implement Philosophy For Kids programs.

    Following are my notes from the lecture. I admit up front that I am not nearly as conversant in philosophy as I wish I were. Sadly philosophy was not a part of either my undergraduate arts curriculum or my graduate programs. It's sad that I will wear a Doctor of Philosophy moniker without a grounding in general philosophical thought. Forgive me if my understanding of Aristotle, Locke, Proust, etc is pedestrian at best. I want to do more reading on the subject of general philosophy when I have doubt that means post dissertation.

      A conception of childhood should have the following elements:
    1. A conception of what a child is
    2. A conception of the goods of childhood
    3. A conception of the cognitive interests of children
    4. a conception of the moral capacities of children as agents
    5. a conception of the rights and responsibilities of children, to children and for children.

    The Aristotelian view of childhood is opposite to Matthews' own view. He comments that he usually shares Aristotle's views but that this is an exception.

    Aristotle is influenced by biology. Theorized different modes of causation. Childhood as an imperfect form leading to the perfect form of adulthood. Therefore the child is viewed as a "potential" adult.

    Proust compared childhood to dreams.

    But unlike the concept of childhood as a time of imperfection there are something children do much better then adults. Examples: Art and painting, learning languages, etc.

    Child art is an unqualified good. Superior to later production that may be labeled as "good art."

    Piaget: If stages are taken as route than there a normative standard adult into which children become.

    Children express more philosophical question than adults. An example would be the often asked questions about dreams and dreaming. What Matthew's called the Epistemological and Metaphysical Dream Problems. In the Epistemological Dream Problem the underlying question being asked is "How do I know whether I am dreaming?" For the Metaphysical Dream Problem the underlying question is "How do I know that all life is not a dream?" These are very deep philosophical questions that are often asked by children and answered by them as well. Descart answered the questions by looking at the robust coherence of waking life. Many children arrive at the same conclusion though with different language.

    Childhood philosophical competence does not fit neatly into a developmental continuum. Children have interesting philosophical thoughts across the developmental spectrum. (Note: There has not been significant research to understand how moral reasoning develops within and across developmental stages.) Many cognitive competencies do develop in stages so Matthews is not suggesting that staging is inappropriate.

    Colberg (or is it Colburn) did some work on moral development in children.

    Both of these points of view are under girded by the idea that children are not moral beings.

    Matthews mentioned the "Little Investigator" model of childhood. This model allows parents and teachers to participant in investigation. (Note: This sounds like the philosophy of the Montessori movement as I understand it.) This model also challenges adults to think about what they know in new ways.

    He specifically supports the "Mirror Image" conception of childhood. In this model children are viewed as adept at something that adults are not adept at doing. While adults are viewed as good at some thing children are not as good at doing. Children are good at art and languages while adults have skills, information, experiences, etc that children lack.

    Matthews recommended we look at a book called The Innocent Eye: On Modern Literature and the Arts by Roger Shattuck. He said that the book compared child art to the work of established artists and did not find the children's work lacking.

    On the topic of child's rights and obligations, Matthews said that Aristotle viewed children as the property of the father. Modern society still views children as property. Locke however saw children as gifts from go to be cared for in the deities stead by their parents.

    Morality of Authority ~ child's situation is that he lacks knowledge and understanding to challenge the parents. This is in place l the child is well into elementary school. Kids soon realize that adults are morally flawed, so the theory is not one that works well.

    Matthews parting hope was that we will abandon the deficiency model of childhood and develop a mirror image model.

    During the question and answer session Matthews commented that early artistic stages are devalued through the view of the deficiency models of childhood. There are no art development stage models as child artists do not usually grow into adult artists.

    Addressing philosophy to children is mostly limited by the presenters creativity to met the understanding of the children. There are taboos, of course, around certain subjects in certain venues. For example sex, death, and religion. While religious philosophy is difficult for public school educators to discuss with their students, sex may be difficult for parents to discuss. He underlined that death is an important philosophical topic to discuss with children.

    Matthews is the author of The Philosophy of Childhood. Check here for used copies, or click on the title or picture for information on the book.

    He has a variety of other writings on philosophy, click here to see the entire Amazon list.

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    March 06, 2005

    Blogging at the Ohio Digital Commons for Education Conference

    Will, at Weblogg-ed, will be blogging the Ohio Digital Commons for Education Conference. This year's title is "The Convergence of Libraries, Learning and Technology." From his most recent post Will should be blogging today and tomorrow at least, March 6 & 7.

    Posted by prolurkr at 11:37 AM | TrackBack

    March 05, 2005

    The Ultimate PR Blogging Job - Vice President, CMT Dukes of Hazzard Insititute

    Ok if you are a fan of the original Dukes of Hazzard and have experience as a blogger, this job is for you. Country Music Televisions (CMT) is holding a huge job search to fill the positions of Vice President, CMT Dukes of Hazzard Insititute.

    I wasn't really a fan when the show was originally aired. Though it might be an interesting way to fund the rest of my doctoral program by blogging about an old tv show. Though with out a doubt they would make you watch the fake Dukes too. *sigh* Not a good thing in any way.

    *looking at the photo* These people are all in their fifties now, I doubt they ever thought this show had legs.

    From the CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute

    Want to throw your cowboy hat into the ring to become the Vice President, CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute? Well, slap on your "Daisy Dukes" -- or tight-fittin' jeans -- practice your Yeeee Hahhhh and apply for the ultimate dream job: getting paid $100,000* to watch The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT.

    CMT celebrates the return of one the most beloved pop culture hit series, of all time, The Dukes of Hazzard. A six-figure income is being offered to a Dukes of Hazzard enthusiast to be the new Vice President, CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute.

    The job responsibilities for the Vice President, CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute are:

    * watch The Dukes of Hazzard every weeknight on CMT;
    * know the words to The Dukes of Hazzard theme song, "Good Ol' Boys," written and performed on the series by the legendary Waylon Jennings;
    * serve as media expert on The Dukes of Hazzard for the CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute: must be available for TV, radio and newspaper interviews to share passion for The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT;
    * write the CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute online blog for;
    * be passionate about The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT;
    * make appearances at special events such as Dukesfest 2005 in Bristol, Tenn., (June 4-5, 2005).

    Ben "Cooter" Jones, a favorite character on The Dukes of Hazzard series will lead the CMT Good Ol' Boys (& Gals) Executive Search Team.

    The job requirements:

    * must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license (just in case a spin in the famous '69 Dodge Charger, The General Lee, comes up);
    * eligible for work in the United States;
    * travel occasionally at CMT expense.

    Questions candidates will be asked include:

    * If you Bo, Luke and Daisy took off in The General Lee, what would happen next?
    * If Waylon Jennings wrote your theme song, what would be the title and chorus?
    * Which character on The Dukes of Hazzard do you most identify with and why?

    CMT anticipates that the new Vice President, CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute will be announced at the fifth annual Dukesfest at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol to be held Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. More than 50,000 Dukes of Hazzard fans are expected this year.

    The Vice President, CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute job application is available at: or by clicking on the link below, along with all job requirements, responsibilities and instructions about how to apply. The position requires the execution of a one-year, $100,000 independent contractor agreement with GREAT!

    * The Vice President, CMT Dukes of Hazzard Institute will be paid $4,167 semi-monthly -- not to exceed $100,000. This position requires the execution of an independent contractor agreement with GREAT! Must be 18 or older and eligible for work in the United States.

    Apply Now! (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which may be downloaded free on the Internet.)

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    Quals writing goal setting

    Driving home last night I started thinking about my concrete goals for the next six weeks. It's time to put it all in writing. So I spent some time this morning doing a web search looking for sites on setting goals that would help, while I finalized my plan in my head.

    Goals: Free Tutorials & Top Resources

    GOALS: Anyone who does anything worthwhile anywhere has consciously or unknowingly followed through on goals.

    Goals keep us focused on a purpose.

    Goals feed determination through difficult times when many others less motivated would give up.

    A person who wants to get the most out of life often has a number of goals simmering at the same time, in their personal and business lives.

    My short term writing goal for the next few weeks is to turn out a minimum of 500 words per day, everyday. It's a goal and I do know that it will not always be reached, but a daily goal will help keep me focused. I have a defense date goal in my head that I will be sharing with my committee shortly...think I want some words on paper first and their approval on the abstract. I probably will not be sharing that goal here until everything is scheduled.

    Posted by prolurkr at 09:37 AM | TrackBack

    March 04, 2005

    Professors as Writers

    Today's mail added a writing self-help guide to the library. Boice, Robert (1990). Professors as Writers. Stillwater OK: New Forums Press. For used copies check here.

    I have commented before that writing is not something that comes easily for me. In fact working on my writing skills was one of the main reasons I started blogging. Blogging has helped but I would not say that writing is my favorite part of the academic life. I hope that should I get stuck in my writing, Boice can help give me the mental shove I need to get moving again. Consider it an insurance policy.

    Despite its problems, writing brings more professional rewards than anything else a professor can do. Writing for publication weighs heavily in decisions about hiring, promotion, and tenure in academic and other professional settings. It brings rewards of visibility and portability. And, writing offers a unique kind of self-education.

    I would urge you to write, not because it is a good thing, not because it is nice to see your name in print, not even because it is relevant to full membership in our society, but rather because you will really get to know a field only if you contribute to it...Writing ultimately becomes important not only because of that it does for other but also for what it does for oneself.

    Wise words. I know that I refine my thinking while I write. I come to deeper understanding of my subject matter, the context around it, and the field in general when I put it down on paper - or in my case when I type it on to a computer screen.

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    Meme's that grow

    Ok it started with Numa Numa, at least it started for BROG members that is. We found this harmless little lip synch linked from a LiveJournal blog that had been sucked into one of our research projects...we found it and we laughed and we haven't stopped laughing yet. And such was born in-crowd humor, and now a conference abstract that is being submitted by one of my colleagues.

    In the process of looking at all the takeoffs from the Numa Numa video, he found the All your FROG are belong to us post. It's not Numa Numa but it does link to sites like p.s. i'll find my frog that prove there are way to many people with great tech skills and far to much time on their hands. So amuse yourself and flip through the images, some of them are pretty wild.

    Posted by prolurkr at 09:00 PM | TrackBack

    March 03, 2005

    February Advisory Committee Report

    For your consideration, my February Advisory Committee Report.

    Actually there hasn't been a lot of visible activity this month, as most of my work has gone toward my quals paper. Which of course does not make it obvious why I'm exhausted.

    Posted by prolurkr at 09:07 PM | TrackBack

    Weblogs and Libraries

    Today I read: Clyde, Laurel A. (2004). Weblogs and Libraries. Oxford: Chandos. Check for used copies here.

    This is a basic beginner book on blogging and libraries. It is divided into two sections:

    weblogs as sources of information for libraries and librarians; and weblogs as tools that libraries can use to promote their services or to provide a means of communication with their clients (p. xx).

    Unless you are specifically interested in weblog management issues for a library I would skip this volume. The price is high and the payoff is low.

    Posted by prolurkr at 08:31 PM | TrackBack

    Use MyBlogLog to track outgoing links

    From 43 Folders, use MyBlogLog to track outgoing links.

    Drop a teeny chunk of code into your page templates, and watch which links people click on to leave your site, in virtually real time. I added it last night, and it's already totally fascinating and instructive.

    Register for the service at You get a 7-Day free trial of MyBlogLog Pro which will be converted to the free service if you don't choice to pay $3.00 per month or $25.00 per year for the Pro service.

    Posted by prolurkr at 07:46 PM | TrackBack

    Friendster Blogs

    Per danah, Friendster blogs have been added as a new feature. The sites run on Typepad and include easy links to your Friendster profile.

    Posted by prolurkr at 07:31 PM | TrackBack

    CFP - Book Chapters for Designing for Networked Communications: Strategies and Development

    Submission Deadline: April 30, 2005

    Designing for Networked Communications: Strategies and Development A book edited by Simon B. Heilesen and Sisse Siggaard Jensen, Roskilde University, Denmark.


    Designing for Networked Communications is to be a book about how we plan, use and understand the products and the dynamic social processes or tasks upon which depend some of the most vital innovations - social as well as technological - in the knowledge society.

    Networked communication is proliferating. To-day, not only are existing mediated forms of communication being remediated in electronic form, but also hitherto direct forms of communication in complicated social settings are being supplemented or even replaced by computer mediated communication (CMC). We are coming to depend on CMC-products. As a result, the way they function and the way we use them inevitably influences or even determines how we communicate and how we think about communication.

    Designing products for CMC may be seen as a cycle, where tasks require the creation of artefacts, and where artefacts condition modifications of tasks.  The tasks that we wish to examine are processes of communication between individuals by means of computer networks (within and across organizations) as well as the dissemination of information from a sender to a target group. The artefacts include physical networks, hardware, software as well as the manipulation of symbols in the act of communicating. Designing is to be
    understood in a broad sense as (1) the underlying scheme for the planning, functioning and development of an artefact, (2) the actual arrangement and functionality of various elements of the artefact, (3) the development of strategies and adaptations required for performing tasks by means of the artefact in the given social context and subject to certain basic conditions, and (4) the development of creative strategies for social innovation and the identification of new tasks to be performed by means of a redesign of existing artefacts or with new artefacts.


    The book is meant to further our understanding of ICT-design processes by identifying strategies employed both by developers and users in the dynamic processes of creating and using artefacts. The various chapters will present and reflect on relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area. Bridging the fields of HCI-design in Computer Science and Computer-mediated Communication in Communication Studies, the book will represent an interdisciplinary approach that is valuable for stimulating unconventional thinking and a creative exchange in and across two important academic and professional fields.


    Professionals, researchers and students working in the fields of Communication, Computer Science (in particular HCI and system development), E-learning and Computer Supported Collaborative Work.

    RECOMMENDED TOPICS include but are not limited to the following
    -        Theories and models of designing,
    -        Overall strategies and methodologies,
    -        Creative and/or sense making strategies and methodologies,
    -        Social innovation strategies and methodologies,
    -        Negotiation of meaning and collaboration,
    -        Learning strategies and environments,
    -        Organizational learning and learning cultures,
    -        Organizational games and role plays,
    -        Problem solving and decision making,
    -        Workplace communication,
    -        Distributed organizations/ workplaces,
    -        Team work and team building,
    -        Project management and leadership,
    -        Knowledge sharing and knowledge management,
    -        General communication for stationary and mobile users,
    -        Dissemination of information and information searching,
    -        E-publishing and Web-publishing.


    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2005, a 2-5 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 31, 2005 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by October 31, 2005. All submitted chapters will be reviewed by at least two reviewers on a blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group, Inc.,, publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Idea Group Reference imprints.

    Inquiries and Submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to both editors:

    Simon B. Heilesen, E-mail: [email protected], Tel. (+45) 4674 3785
    Sisse Siggaard Jensen, E-mail: [email protected], Tel. (+45) 4674 3771
    Fax: (+45) 4674 3075

    Institute of Communication Studies, Journalism and Computer science Roskilde University, P.O. Box 260, DK 4000 Roskilde, Denmark

    For additional information on the project, please visit the Designing for Networked Communications web site:

    Posted by prolurkr at 07:12 PM | TrackBack

    CFP - Conference on Digital Cultures

    Place: Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
    Date: June 21-22, 2005

    This multidisciplinary conference will explore the cultural implications of the spread of digital technologies throughout Asia.  Following recent media theory based on US and Japanese digital cultures, we will analyze how Asian uses of digital technology are transforming local experiences, aesthetics, and social formations.  Papers may focus on particular digital practices, such as personal web pages, PC and on-line gaming, digital animation, and cellphone text-messaging, or analyze representations of digital technology in discourses such as science fiction and chatroom discussions. We will place emerging digital cultures in the context of both local cultural traditions and globalization.

    Themes include:
    1. adaptations of local art forms to the digital media, and how these adaptations effect the meaning of those arts in their traditional milieu as well as how people conceptualize the digital media
    2. local conceptualizatioins of the global community and the "network society"
    3. concepts of the self, the body, and language emerging in Asian digital genres and practices, and how these emerging concepts draw on or challenge concepts of the self, the body, and language in local religious, philosophical, or popular discourses.

    Scholars in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, video arts, history of science and related disciplines are invited to attend. Please submit abstracts (approximately 250 words) to Teri Silvio by electronic mail at
    [email protected]; or by fax: 886-2-2785-5836

    Deadline for abstracts: April 1, 2005
    Deadline for papers: June 15, 2005

    Funding for airfare and lodging may be available for presenters.

    NB: The language for discussion will be English; if you wish to submit a paper in Chinese or another language, you must notify us in advance.

    Posted by prolurkr at 11:36 AM | TrackBack

    Clancy's disappearance from the web

    Seems that Clancy at CultureCat, is experiencing the same type of spam flood I've talked about previously, Comments - None, well mostly none, see her post Where did I go?. Likewise she has been forced to curtail commenting to keep blog maintenance under control. *sigh* It will least I hope so.

    Posted by prolurkr at 11:22 AM | TrackBack

    Commonplace Books

    I've become fascinated with the idea that my reading notebook's linage can be traced to the Commonplace Books of the European tradition and then back to 5th Century B.C.E..

    What is "Commonplacing" and what is a Commonplace Book?

    Commonplacing is the act of selecting important phrases, lines, and/or passages from texts and writing them down; the commonplace book is the notebook in which a reader has collected quotations from works s/he has read. Commonplace books can also include comments and notes from the reader; they are frequently indexed so that the reader can classify important themes and locate quotations related to particular topics or authors.

    Commonplace books were a new concept to me when I first ran across the term about two weeks ago. But it totally makes sense, a paper-based way to blog, in essence a database of reading comments that speak to the owner.

    My commonplace book is a repository for notes on what I am reading - the right-side page - and for thoughts the readings allow to bubble to the surface - the left-side page. Reading notes are eventually added to the Reference Manager database. I do wish I had a better way to capture my thoughts on my readings in a searchable digital format from the paper-based book, but I will have to find a program that can deal with my randomly structured entries which include drawings, notes, graphs, and other miscellanea.

    I talked about the actual notebooks I use previously, Organization and finding the right tools for the job.

    Last year I started taking reading notes in Clairefontaine Cloth-bound French-ruled Notebooks this unique lining allows me to draw graphs, take detailed notes using the smaller line widths, and to keep my outline format notes neat. The vertical gird pattern repeats to the end of the paper, from the first vertical line that is...the large horizontal lines only section is just on the left margin. With these notebooks I can lay them open, I take reading notes on the right and then annotate thoughts, the occasional insight, etc. on the left. Like the Levenger pads I use the margins to note things I need to lookup, or to draw mind-maps connecting ideas in my reading. The only problem with these notebooks is that they are hard to find. TIS College Bookstore in Bloomington carries them, but I don't know if they do so at their other college locations. Though I should note that they do not list the notebooks, or much of any other expendable, office supply on their website.

    Right now I take my notes in pencil, but the archival durability of lead has made me think about changing to ink. I like the idea that I could pull this book out in 20 years and return to the work I am doing now. But will I? Something I don't know.

    Posted by prolurkr at 11:16 AM | TrackBack

    A Learning Blogosphere (1): Into the Deep

    If you are into education blogging check out A Learning Blogosphere (1): Into the Deep brought to you by The Community Engine: The online engine for thriving business communities.

    In Fall 2004, I developed a distributed learning blogosphere for non-technical students at the University of Michigan. Ninety-five percent of participants felt blogging improved their learning. Here I provide the hard, pragmatic lessons we learned in getting community interaction to work. In follow-on posts, I will provide quantitative analysis of how blogging shaped the class.

    Posted by prolurkr at 08:28 AM | TrackBack


    New Media Hack pointed me to Wists visual bookmarks.

    Can't quite figure out what the heck Wists are for, but they've got tags, buddy lists, and apparently mechanisms for grouping tagged items. Looks like with more spit and polish and some straightforward interface and collaboration extensions.

    David Galbraith seems to be the ringleader behind the project. I have to point out though that will eventually be counterproductive. Tire kicking leads to network management leads to work weeding out stuff every time I just test drive a tie. Blech!

    Have to admit I like this site. I'm a very visual person so often I remember what something looks like but not what it is called. With thumbnails for every link I would be helped in making my connections.

    Posted by prolurkr at 08:00 AM | TrackBack

    CFP - International Association for Relationship Research

    Conference Theme:
    Exploring Relationship in Health or Health of Relationships
    (Expanded theme)

    On the Campus of IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis)
    University Place Conference Center
    Indianapolis, IN USA
    July 21-24, 2005

    Co-sponsored by:

    The International Association for Relationship Research,
    Clarian Health Partners, IU Medical Group,
    Department of Communication at Purdue, and

    The conference theme reflects the growing focus on the intersection between personal relationships impacted by a multitude of health issues. Whether we are looking at how we can develop relationships that are healthy, or how privacy, confidentiality, disclosure, and ethical concerns influence the health of relationships and interactions in the health context, or the way we manage relationships in everyday encounters within the medical and health arena, the crossroads of health and relationships is important. This conference explores the depth and breadth of these issues.


            Factors Affecting the Health of Relationships
            Marital Status and Relationship Health
            Disclosure and Its Impact on Relationship Health
            Race, Gender, and Relationship Health
            Managing Privacy and Health Relationships
            Effect of Relationships on Health
            Relationships with Health Providers
            Family Relationships and Confidentiality in Healthcare
            Ethical Considerations and Health Relationships
    A conference planning committee, consisting of members from the International Association for Relationship Research and IUPUI, will evaluate the submissions for quality and suitability to the themes of the conference.

    Please Indicate the Type of Submission:

    Paper: An oral presentation (of about 15 minutes) that investigates a topic from an empirical or theoretical perspective.  
    Symposia: A collection of presentations that focus on a related topic, problem or theme, from an empirical and/or theoretical perspective.  The symposium could include a discussant that integrates and critiques the presentations.

    Posters: A visual presentation (on a 4¡¦ by 8¡¦ poster), illustrating research (that is completed or  in progress) from an empirical or theoretical perspective.        

    Roundtables (or workshops):  A one-hour discussion led by one or more speakers on specific themes or issues.  The speaker(s) could begin with a 10-15 minute presentation that introduces the topic and/or provide(s) materials that help define the issues.  Those present will have opportunities to participate.  

    Submission Requirements

    1.  For papers, posters, and roundtables, submit a 500 word summary and a 100-150 word abstract.  For symposia, submit a 500-word overview, plus a 500 word summary for each paper and a 100-150 word abstract for each paper.  

    2.  Submissions must be sent electronically by  MARCH 30, 2005 to: [email protected]

    3.  Electronic submissions must be in the form of an attachment in Word or WordPerfect, and the abstract should include the name of the principal author or organizer and the name along with the institution of each participant. If you submit more than one proposal, please send each in a separate message and number each.

    4.  The e-mail message that accompanies the attachments should contain the following information (in text):

    1.  Name, address, e-mail address, and affiliation of principal organizer or author
    2.  Title of paper or proposal
    3.  Names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses for any other authors
    4.  Number of authors likely to attend the conference
    5.  First and second choices for format (paper, poster, symposia, roundtable)

    Host Site:

    The site of this conference is on the campus of IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis). IUPUI is an internationally recognized university located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.   Beyond that, the city of Indianapolis features many restaurants, theater, art galleries, museums, hotels, sports, and shopping. Indianapolis is the seat of government has a population of 806,454 people and is a happening place.  The University Place Hotel offers rooms for this conference at the rate of $113.00 for a single and $128.00 for a double per night. We also have university housing available at the approximate rate of $65.00 per day, per person for a two-bedroom option and $50.00 per day per person for a four- bedroom option.  Conference Fee is approximately $100.00.

    Indianapolis has a major airport, is easily accessible from air, train, bus, and interstate travel.

    Please direct any inquiries to Sandra Petronio, Chair of the Conference Planning Committee, at: [email protected]

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    March 02, 2005

    CFP - International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    COMMITMENT, COMMUNITY AND COLLABORATION October 14-16, 2005, Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel, Vancouver , BC , Canada

    Cosponsors: The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, The University of British Columbia , Malaspina University-College and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

    Website: Proposal submission, Registration and Additional Information on ISSOTL.

    If you have questions about the meeting, please contact the Meeting Chair, Gary Poole [email protected]

    Objective: The objective of the meetings of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is to bring together researchers, developers, and practitioners to discuss research issues and experience in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference will feature invited keynotes and panels, as well as contributed papers, panels, posters, workshops and roundtable discussions.

    Conference Themes:

    1) Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    1a) Preparing for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    1b) Doing the Work of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    1c) New Directions in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    2) Understanding Methods of Inquiry: Proposals that investigate, for example, effective methodologies, data analysis, interpretation of findings, ethical issues, dissemination practices, and methods of sharing findings.

    3) Sharing Evidence of Effective Learning: Proposals that address, for example, the effects of our teaching and learning philosophies and practices on student learning and other student outcomes.

    4) Fostering Advocacy and Leadership: Proposals that point, for example, to emerging policy directions, collaborative networks, evidence of institutional commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning in strategic research plans or leadership action plans.


    N.B. Submissions, notifications and registration are all electronic: link at (beginning March 15, 2005)

    April 15 Proposals: Submission deadline for proposals needing early acceptance.

    May 15 Notifications of acceptance for proposals received by

    April 1. (An earlier decision is possible, if requested.)

    May 15 Early Registration begins

    June 1 Proposals: Submission deadline for all proposals

    July 15 Notifications of acceptance for proposals received after April 1

    August 1 Deadline for receipt of pre-registration fees from presenters whose proposals were accepted(otherwise your presentation may be cancelled)

    September 1 Early Registration Ends

    September 15 Deadline for presenter cancellation and refund of pre-registration fees from presenters whose proposals were accepted (minus a $35 handling fee)

    October 10 Registration cancellation refund deadline for non-presenters (minus a $35 handling fee)


    Submit proposals (after March 15) at:

    Requirements: Presentations are invited on any aspect of the scholarship of teaching and learning and on programs for fostering such scholarship. Each proposal must select one of the themes or sub-themes as most pertinent and must also specify one to four descriptive keywords. Each proposal will require both a 75-word (maximum) brief summary to be printed with the title in the program and a 250-word (maximum) abstract to be included in a separate section of longer abstracts arranged alphabetically by first author. These are to be text only (i.e. no figures, graphs or tables). The program committee will review each proposal for quality. Acceptances may also be restricted by the total program size and by the committee's goal of presenting a program that reflects a balanced overview of the diverse areas of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

    Five Presentation Format Options:

    1. Single Paper. Single papers may have multiple authors. Each paper will have a MAXIMUM of 15 minutes for presentation. [Note: The program committee will usually group single papers into panels of three, with one of the presenters designated as a facilitator.]

    2. Poster. Display stations will be set up where presenters can exhibit a variety of work. The presenter must be present during the period assigned for discussion. Posters may have multiple authors.

    3. Organized Panel. Organized panel sessions are 60 minutes long, will consist of two or three presenters one of whom will usually serve as a facilitator (a separate chair is acceptable). Panel abstracts will be evaluated individually as well as collectively. Proposals for organized panels should be submitted by the panel organizer and must include an abstract describing the rationale for the panel as a whole AND an individual summary and abstract for each presentation.

    4. Workshop. A workshop is 60 minutes long and must focus on an interactive development and discussion of ideas (rather than on formal presentations). A convener must be specified. One or two additional co-conveners may be specified. The proposal for a workshop should be submitted by the convener and must include an abstract and summary outlining the purpose of the session.

    5. Roundtable. Roundtables will meet at mealtimes and provide a chance for unstructured exchanges around a specified topic. One or two additional co- conveners may be specified. The proposal for a roundtable should be submitted by the convener and must include an abstract and summary outlining the purpose of the session.

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    Restarting Web Theory

    It was interesting this afternoon to restart my reading in Burnett, Robert & Marshall, P. David (2003). Web Theory: An Introduction. London: Routledge. While the ideas presented so far are not radically new to me, they are new in that they can be found in one place. For instance reading I have done on McLuhan and Innis, was focused on their individual contributions not on the continuum of theories of which they are a part, that cumulatively lead to modern web theory.

    It's good to put aside the specific works on blogs I have been reading and to backup and think about the web as a whole.

    Posted by prolurkr at 05:38 PM | TrackBack

    March 01, 2005

    Own your own blog search site - is for sale is for sale

    this includes:

    * the domain name (and all subdomains)
    * the domain name
    * the database of blogs (and related databases)
    * all rights to the software*

    the software requires mysql 4.1 and php 5.

    i don't have a price in mind, so don't ask. cash-flow wise, the site has cost approximately $3500 to date (mostly for hosting), and has earned less than $750 (mostly from google adsense ads).

    if you have questions, or are interested, you can contact me at [email protected] (i will include answers to common questions on this page.)

    * note that the software is currently available under a very liberal open-source license. you certainly aren't obligated to continue releasing new code under that license, but for the existing code, the genie is already out of the bottle.

    BROG has used' random blog feature extensively to develop our research corpus, so this announcement is one that has the possibility of changing some of our basic research methodology.

    Posted by prolurkr at 05:23 PM | TrackBack

    US Supreme Court rules death penalty for crimes committed as minors to be cruel and unusual

    From the BBC, the Supreme Court bans juvenile executions.

    The court was divided on the issue, but voted 5-4 that the juvenile death penalty should be declared unconstitutional.

    The decision affects not only those convicted in future, but about 70 prisoners already on death row for offences committed before they were 18.

    The decision is seen as a victory for opponents of capital punishment.

    The highest US court upheld an earlier ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court, which banned the execution of people convicted of crimes they committed before turning 18.

    Read the High Court's Decision (PDF) taken from Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty for Juveniles you can listen to Nina Totenberg's report on the page as well.

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    CFP - HICSS-39 Online Communities in the Digital Economy

    Online Communities in the Digital Economy CALL FOR PAPERS Thirty-ninth Annual Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences January 4 - 7, 2006 Hyatt Regency, Kauai

    Additional detail about HICSS: , More information about the minitrack can be found at:

    Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    - Communities as sociological phenomenon in the digital economy (e.g., dynamics, relationships, information control, managing communities, flow of information in communities)
    - Community-related business models (e.g., productivity, trust, reputation systems)
    - Business Communities
    - Personalization and use of customer profiles
    - Case studies and topologies of Online Communities
    - M-Communities and hybrid communities
    - Design principles for community platforms (e.g., coordination, trust, normative values, design patterns and methods, implementations, architectures and components, personalization and avatars)
    - Formal or semi-formal models of communities and their platforms (e.g., conceptual frameworks, organizational models, cognitive models, multi-agent systems, formalizations)


    Karine Barzilai-Nahon (Main Contact)
    Assistant Professor
    The Information School
    University of Washington
    Mary Gates Hall, Room 370B, Box 352840
    Seattle, WA 98195-2840
    (206) 685-6668
    [email protected], website:

    Mark Ginsburg
    Asst. Professor MIS
    U of Arizona 1130 E Helen St. #430
    Tucson, AZ 85711                
    [email protected]

    Blair Nonnecke
    Assistant Professor
    Dept. of Computing and Information Science University of Guelph Guelph,
    Canada [email protected]

    Abstracts        - Authors may contact Minitrack Chairs for guidance and indication of appropriate content at anytime.

    June 15        - Authors submit full papers to the Peer Review System, following Author Instructions found on the HICSS web site ( All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references. Papers undergo a double-blind review.
    August 15        - Acceptance/Rejection notices are sent to Authors via the Peer Review    System.
    September 15        - Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission, instructions on the Peer Review System web site.  At least one author of each paper must register by this date with specific plans
    to attend the conference to present the paper.  Early Registration fee $525 applies.
    October 2        -  General Registration fee $575 applies until December 10.
    December 10        -  Deadline to guarantee your hotel room reservation at conference rate.

    Posted by prolurkr at 09:39 AM | TrackBack

    Advise for parents and kids about blog safety

    Weblogg-ed in their post Keeping Kids Blog Safe points to an Australian Government NetAlert Limited page on How can Children Stay Safe Using Blogs?. The advise is geared towards blog use by kids and is mostly common sense. Though since common sense is pretty uncommon, it's good to see these types of lists peppered liberally around the web.

    Posted by prolurkr at 09:10 AM | TrackBack