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Links to my published articles online
List of Publications with Full Citations

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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Links to my conference papers online
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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Adolescents and Teens Online Bibiliography
Last updated July 8, 2005.

Weblog and Blog Bibliography
Last Updated November 22, 2005.

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

April 30, 2005

Ultimate Blogger Contest - the cast is reduced

Per the Selection Process the 30 finalists will be reduced to a final 12 for the actual contest, names to be announced on Monday. My picture is on the board...does that mean I'm in???

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galazy

Last night hubby and I went to see the opening presentation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. We are big Douglas Adams fans having listened to the original (well not in the original) radio shows of Hitchhiker's Guide, we've read the books, seen the amazingly campy BBC TV series made from it, and even seen Adams read from his work live. Four years ago I told everyone I was "The answer to life, the universe, and everything" when I turned 42.  Yes we are fans, though not so far gone that we arrived with our own towels, as some at the live performance did...devotion can take many forms. *backs away slowly*

If you are a fan the movie is great. They kept the pacing of the original, that frenetic energy that infuses the whole story...Adams paced the stage the entire time he read when we saw him live. Hubby was so pleased they kept The Hitchhiker's Guide itself as the narrator and that they had great graphics to illustrate the entries in the Guide. Personally Zaphod's flipping double-head thing wasn't nearly as funny as the giant rubber head from the BBC series.

If you are new to The Hitchhiker's Guide I expect some of the jokes will be lost on why are there a pair of white mice running around through multiple scenes? But after 25 years who, in the English-speaking world, hasn't been exposed to some of The Hitchhiker's Guide. If this is all new to you read the books, you can find them in any good bookstore.

Oh gosh and BBC Radio is doing the last three books on radio with most of the original performers. Wish I had known this when they started last fall.

Twenty-five years after the original radio series of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy exploded into the public consciousness, the further exploits of its bewildered hero, Arthur Dent, are being brought to life in their original medium and with the (mainly) original cast.

The last three books of the 'trilogy in five parts', Life, The Universe And Everything; So Long And Thanks For All The Fish and Mostly Harmless, have been dramatised as three new series (none of them were previously produced for radio).

As the original two series were dubbed the Primary and Secondary Phases by Douglas Adams, these new series form the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases.

Thanks to the wonders of digital technology, Douglas Adams himself can be heard playing the part of Agrajag.

The BBC has lots of cool CD's and DVD's available on their site, The BBC Shop.

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Madison - the movie

Last weekend hubby and I went to see Madison, the movie. I was pleasantly surprised with this film, you see...while it was filmed in and around one of my favorite small towns in Indiana aka Madison, and it is filled with gorgeous scenery from the town and along the Ohio River; the film has been in the can for four years which pretty much made me think it was going to be a major dog. I figure they only released it now because James Caviezel is hot, having come off two huge movies last year - The Passion of the Christ and Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius. When they were running around the area filming the big name in the project was Jake Lloyd - the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Well it's not a complete dog of a movie. It has a distinct "made for TV" feel to it. But what the heck go see it for the setting and if you like the look of the town, pack up and go visit. Madison is a great place to hang out.

From Michael Esposito's Chicago Tribune Movie Review: Loosely based on a true story, "Madison" tells the familiar tale of a small town struggling with a waning primary industry (here, river transportation) that seeks respect through athletic enterprise (hydroplane boat racing) - think "Hoosiers" or "Breaking Away," but with boats.

The sad part of Esposito's comments is if all you know about Indiana is taken from those three films you think the whole state is made up of depressed little towns with "can do" attitudes. Ok so we do bear some resemblance to both of those comments. *sigh* It is the midwest after all.

p.s. The only time there was ever a fighter plane on the lawn of the Courthouse in Columbus Indiana was for the filming of this movie. It sat there for about two weeks, turning many of the locals heads as we drove by. "What is THAT doing there?"

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Ultimate Blogger Contest

Last week I saw a mention of the Ultimate Blogger Contest come across one of the newsfeeds. So I checked out the site and ended up applying, figured I kinda had the corner on the "middle aged academic broads who blog" market so what the heck. Well surprise surprise, I made the finals. "After a night of grueling eliminations we have whittled the 300+ applicants for The Ultimate Bliogger down [to] 30 and you are one of the top 30."

The competition will be at the Ultimate Blogger Contest Blog. I don't have all the details, such as when this starts or how the voting will work. But if you are interested keep checking their site. Obviously this is a different kind of writing then I do here, more topical more humor less *booming voice* deep thought. Should be fun. We shall see if I can outlast the competition and win the $500+ prize package, which could save me some money on hosting my webpage for a year...that would be good for this grad student. *S*

The winner of The Ultimate Blogger will receive:

* $100 dollars cash money!

* Transmit 3 FTP Client for Mac ($29.95)

* Panic, Inc Limited Edition Rainbow Transmit T-Shirt ($19)

* Free Domain Registration and 1 Year Webhosting ($99)

* Assistance with a Movable Type install and blog customization ($100)

* 1GB iPod Shuffle loaded with the entire musical library of States Rights Records ($150+)

* A Flickr Pro Account ($25)

"Again, congrats on making it this far. Thanks so much for applying. You stand out from the crowd." Kind of a foregone conclusion when you are a 6'1'' tend to stand out just by standing. Now if winning were just that easy.

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April 29, 2005

CFP - "Abuse: the darker side of human-computer interaction"

                           CALL FOR WORKSHOP PAPERS
"Abuse: the darker side of human-computer interaction"
An INTERACT 2005 Workshop
Date: Monday, September 12 (Full day)
Location: Rome, Italy
Submission Deadline: 23 May 2005

Computers are often the subject of our wrath and often, we feel, with good reason.  There seems to be something intrinsic to this medium which brings out the darker side of human nature.  This may be due to the computer complexity which induces errors and frustrations in the user (bad interface design), to the human tendency to respond socially to computers (media equation), or to a disinhibition effect induced by the interaction with a different form of information processor, perceived as inferior (master/slave relationship).  

As software is evolving from the tool metaphor to the agent one, understanding the role of abusive behaviour in HCI and its effect on the task-at-hand becomes increasingly important.  The reaction of traditional software to abuse is obvious - it should, like a hammer, ignore it.  With the agent model, however, software can be autonomous and situated.  That is, it should be possible to create software that takes note of its surroundings, and responsibility for its actions.  Conversational agents are a clear case of a software entity which might be expected to deal with abuse.  Virtual assistants, to take a classic application instance, should not just provide timely information; a virtual assistant must also be a social actor and participate in the games people play. Some of these games appear to include abusive behaviour.  

This workshop aims to bring together papers that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Papers are solicited from researchers and practitioners who have encountered the occurrence of abuse in HCI and CMC and given some thought to why and how it happens. Papers that explore virtual abuse and the abuse of agents as cultural artifacts are particularly welcome. We hope this will provide a forum for discussing both the reasons behind aggressive behaviour and suggestions for how software should deal with abuse.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to
* determinants and correlates of end user frustration
* emotional reactions to computing technology
* emotional interfaces €“ how to deal with negative emotions
* conversational agents and abusive language
* conflict resolution in face-to-face communication and CMC
* flaming and disinhibition in HCI and CMC
* art on the edge
* relationship of the virtual and the real, the literal and metaphor
* outing, passing, hiding, covering -- how are agents designed to seem "normal" and what are the assumptions about "being human" that inform design?

The workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer interaction, computer mediated communication, intelligent virtual agents, game design, social psychology, cultural critics and art.  The program will feature the presentation of refereed papers, demos and poster followed by interactive sessions drawn on a number of scenarios which will be distributed prior to the workshop.  A part of the discussion will concentrate on the definition of a roadmap for future research.

We seek:
- Position papers (4 pages) reporting on experiences, theories, case studies and experiments.
- Theoretical papers (4 pages) discussing cultural, artistic, political, and philosophical issues.
- Demo submissions (4 pages).
- Poster submission (1 page description of the poster or 1 page sketch of the poster)

Position and theoretical papers as well as demo submissions will be peer reviewed and should be formatted according to the LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) format (templates are available at Springer-Verlag LNCS Authors Instructions page and at at the Submission page ).  

Please e-mail your submission in PDF to
[email protected]
(cc [email protected])

Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings and will be posted on the web ( Outcomes of the workshop will be summarised and posted on, which is intended to become a dynamic repository for relevant research.  If enough interest is gathered from the participants, we will explore alternatives such as a special journal issue or a book collection.

   May 23: submission
   June 6: Notification of acceptance
   June 10: Registration dead-line for presenters    
   July 1: camera ready copies
   September 12: workshop

Registration will cost 150 Euro before June 10 and 200 Euro after this date.  Participants will register through the conference website (  

  Antonella De Angeli (University of Manchester), UK
  Sheryl Brahnam (Missouri State University), US
  Peter Wallis (University of Sheffield), UK

Programme Committee
  Pamela Briggs (Northumbria University), UK
  Alan Dix (Lancaster University), UK
  Dirk Heylen (University of Twente), Holland
  Graham Johnson (NCR), UK
  Catherine Pelachaud (Universite de Paris 8), France
  Daniela Petrelli (University of Sheffield), UK
  Laurent Romary (INRIA), France
  Daniela Romano (University of Sheffield), UK
  Oliviero Stock (IRST), Italy
  Alistair Sutcliffe (University of Manchester), UK
  Sean Zdenek (Texas Tech University), US
  Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield), UK

Contact Information.  
For information, expressions of interest and/or submission please contact
Antonella De Angeli
Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design
School of Informatics, the University of Manchester,
M60 1QD United Kingdom
[email protected]

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Gender and diaries

I will be spending today and probably tomorrow working though issues of gender for my DG chapter. Central to this process are the following five, non-gender studies books, and one women's studies text.

This book is so new Amazon doesn't have a picture of the cover on file. I can't wait to read though this book with a fine toothed comb, the quintessential "close reading." It appears to hit many of the aspects of online life that fascinate me particularly the documentation of the mundane daily lives so many of us lead, and which belie the amazing amount of information we pass by, and casually pass on, not realizing the wealth of resource found in our simple daily living.

From Saved from Oblivion page at the Peter Lang site:

What lies behind our need to rigorously document the thoughts, deeds, images, and sounds of everyday life? And more curiously, why would anyone what to spend time going over such material? At any given point someone is using a pen, a camera, a web cam, or a computer to document with varying degrees of detail, personal thoughts, observations, or glimpses of private space and life. And for each of these, there is usually at least one person reading, watching, and even responding. Saved from Oblivion is a comparative analysis of how individuals have used various media technologies to document their everyday lives. More specifically, this book focuses on the major forms of self-documentation that have been in use since the late nineteenth century and covers traditional diaries, snapshot photography, home movies/videos, and web-based media such as web cams and online diaries or journals.
Saved From Oblivion: Documenting The Daily From Diaries To Web Cams (Digital Formations, V. 11)
Unlike the Kitman above, this book is too old to have a picture in Amazon's archive. This book is a wonderful 1974 study of English Diaries, most of which were written by men. This book makes a great counterpoint to my two favorite book length academic works on diaries, see the next two entries. Private chronicles: A study of English diaries
My exploration of adolescent online diaries would not have progressed as quickly or as deeply as it has in the last 18 months had I not found the work of Suzanne Bunkers. I return to this book often rereading sections of the excellent Introduction with its overview of the study of diaries, particularly womens diaries. I also overview the first two sections American Girls and Coming of Age to remind myself of the similarities and differences between the lives of the girls and young women whose diaries Bunkers studied and the lives of the girls and young women who post their writing online.
Not sure why this book doesn't have a picture at Amazon. This edited volume on women's diaries covers a broad range of topics including sections on theory, culture, and the act of writing. Bunkers and Huff pulled together a volume that probes so many facets of diaries that I have yet to climb though all the chapters. I hope to do that soon. Inscribing the Daily: Critical Essays on Women's Diaries
This book is new to me, I found it at the IUPUI Library. Has a chapter on "The universal subject, female embodiment, and the consolidation of autobiography" which looks potentially very useful for either this project or the new book chapter I have to revise for a June 1 submission date. Subjectivity, Identity, and the Body: Women's Autobiographical Practices in the Twentieth Century
I found this book at the IUPUI Library, it looks like a good general volume on gender theory. Something I really need to bring this book chapter up to the place the editors want it to be with that branch of study.

So needless to say I got a bunch of reading to do so I can nail the "gender theory" section of the paper.

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April 28, 2005

It is an amazing world

An amazing story came across the news feeds today. It seems that early last year an Ivory Billed Woodpecker was sighted in the swamps of Arkansas. Check out the full story at Woodpecker Thought to Be Extinct Is Sighted in Arkansas.

"This great chieftain of the woodpecker tribe," as John James Audubon described the ivory bill - with its 30-inch wingspan, stunning black and white coloration with red on the male's cockade and a long, powerful bill - was once found in hardwood swamps and bottom land through the Southeast. As the forests were logged the numbers of birds decreased, until the ivory bill, the largest American woodpecker, faded from view. The last documented sighting was in Louisiana in 1944.

Though it appeared lost, the ivory bill haunted birders and ornithologists and others, and over the years there were dozens of reports of sightings. But each effort was unmasked as a hoax or wishful thinking - until Feb. 11, 2004.

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New reports from "UK Children Go Online"

Two new reports have been issued by the UK Children Go Online project.

From the press release: 'Net baffled' parents may reduce children's job and education prospects

The lack of internet skills and experience among many UK parents is potentially harming their children's education and job prospects and could be placing them on the wrong side of a growing digital divide, says new research by academics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

According to the research, many parents lack the skills to guide and support their children's internet use, yet it also demonstrated that internet-literate parents have internet-literate children.

Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology based in LSE's Media and Communications Department, said: 'Now that many young people rely on the internet for information, homework help and careers guidance, the more it matters that some of them are getting left behind. Not knowing how to best use the internet may have a negative impact on their education and employment opportunities.'

The report notes that a group it terms 'disengaged youth' are the least likely to engage with the net, least likely to have access at home and are less expert internet users. These young people find themselves 'on the wrong side' of the digital divide and are at risk of missing out on the many opportunities the internet has to offer.

These are some of the key findings of a major two year research project investigating 9-19 year olds' internet use, UK Children Go Online (UKCGO) , carried out by Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Magdalena Bober of LSE. They analysed results from a national, in-home, face to face survey of 1,511 young people aged 9-19 and a written questionnaire to 906 of their parents. The research was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council grant under the e-Society Programme.

They found that children who are daily and weekly users have parents who also use the internet more often and are more expert. These tend to be middle-class teenagers, and those with home access. Greater online skills are associated with the take up of a wide range of online opportunities for children and young people, and a divide is growing not just of access but also centred on the quality of use. For some, the internet is a rich, stimulating resource, for others, a narrow, unengaging medium.

One way to help is ensure that literacy initiatives are also targeted at parents. Fearful parents may take too rigorous an approach to restricting online access completely and thereby leave their children less aware of online risks, such as chat room dangers, when they do use the internet.

The report notes that one way parents can improve their awareness of the online risks faced by their children is by increasing supportive activities, such as going online together. This needs to be balanced with respect for their children's privacy, an approach that, according to the report, improves trust and ensures safety issues are more likely to be discussed in future.

The report also calls for action by the government and industry. Professor Livingstone said: 'Of the parents we surveyed, 18 per cent, nearly a fifth, said they don't know how to help their children use the internet safely. Many recognised their own responsibility - 67 per cent wanted more and better advice for parents, but 75 per cent also wanted more and better teaching guidance in schools. A total of 85 per cent of parents wanted to see tougher regulation of pornography.'

The report compared UK findings with other countries: 

* UK parents seem more restrictive than parents across the EU, where according to a recent Eurobarometer survey half of parents don't allow their children to give out personal information (in the UKCGO survey, this figure was 86 per cent of parents) and one third of parents ban chat rooms (this was two thirds of parents in the UKCGO survey). 

* However, UK parents are less restrictive than those in the US. According to a recent Pew Internet and American Life survey, 62 per sent of parents said they check up on their children's internet use afterwards, but only 41 per cent of parents in the UKCGO survey did.

Karen Thomson, CEO of AOL UK, one of the sponsors of this report, said: 'The Internet, particularly as we move to broadband, is a massive potential driver of social change. It is important for a healthy society that no group is left behind, so we need to make sure that learning opportunities for adults and children are not ignored in the rush to deliver new technology benefits.'
This report presents findings from the UK Children Go Online survey (UKCGO) in relation to internet access, low users and the digital divide.

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Lack of posting

I've been kind of sporadic in posting for the last week or so. My apologies gentle reader. Last week I was embroiled in one of those administrative email exchanges that just seem to sap all of ones excess strength. So I wrote but I didn't post. Thankfully the exchange is over.  And I now understand what is going on, it's amazing what one can learn by simply picking up the phone and making a few calls.  *S*

As is to be expected after running full throttle this long, I have had a cold this week that put my horizontal for a few days. But on the good side I caught up on sleep which should be a good thing heading into the final sprint for the book chapters and quals.

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April 25, 2005

An Evening with David Sedaris

David Sedaris, read his work at the IU Auditorium on April 19, 2005. I found out about the performance earlier in the day from Pete's post over at Sampo. I hadn't checked the listing of the Auditorium's performances this year - one can only watch so many performances of Oklahoma! in a lifetime, even when you love musical theatre - so I was ignorant of something I would have instantly known I would enjoy.

Sedaris reading of his new works had the audience in stitches. In on of the pieces, about the disconnects between appearances and behavior, he referred to "shit" as "the tofu of cursing. You can shape it into anything you need." Following with an example I can identify with from my days in manufacturing. You have undoubtedly met similar people who sprinkle their speech liberally with "shit"s as though the word is linguistic salt. And when the salt is removed there is nothing left.

Hubby was not as familiar with Sedaris' work as I. I've been trying to get him to read Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim since I finished it last year, but he has his own reading list. So last night was an introduction for him. It was interesting to watch.

In both his written work and oral performance, Sedaris has a rhythm. A unique set of rhythms actually, in that the structure of the story has very distinct beats. Likewise his reading style has a distinct cadence. Hubby noticed how the audience was so familiar with the rhythms that they started laughing on the beats without waiting for the punchline.

He also noticed that when Sedaris replied to the question "What's the best part of living in France?" with "I can smoke anywhere," the audience laughed heartily. Now this is amusing because Bloomington is one of the first cities in Indiana to regulate smoking, to the point that there is no smoking in restaurants in the city. Sedaris' comment is so un-PC that the audience, amazingly, found it ever funny.

If you get a chance to hear Sedaris read live I strongly encourage it. I think the New Yorker is right, he is the funnest New York writers since Dorthy Parker. Either way read the books, there is a little bit of all of us embedded in his stories.

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April 23, 2005

CFP - special issue of IRIE on e-games

- Deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2005
- Notification of acceptance to authors: August 15, 2005
- Deadline for full chapters: September 30, 2005
- Publication: December, 2005
The Ethics of E-Games
Call for Papers - IRIE, Vol. 2/2005 International Review of Information Ethics.
Deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2005
Computer-based or e-games, in both standalone and networked incarnations (including ³Massive Multiplayer Online Games² or MMOGs), represent one of the most popular ­ and an economically profitable ­ uses of ICTs and CMC in the contemporary world. Such games not only simulate a range of human social interactions, from building (perhaps utopian) societies to historical and fantasy warfare of every age: the games further occasion and catalyze a range of human interactions that rightly inspire research from a variety of disciplines and specialties.  Especially violent games (e.g., Quake, Doom, Grand Theft Auto III, and others) have generated some critical discussion, ranging from ³moral panics² in popular media to social science investigations into possible effects and consequences of participating in such games.  But e-games represent a relatively neglected subject in Information Ethics. At the same time, however, if broader discussion of e-games is to include responsible and informed ethical reflection, much more critical reflection from the various perspectives of Information Ethics upon the multiple dimensions of e-games and game-playing is needed.  Hence this special issue of IRIE calls for such critical ethical reflection.
Possible Topics and Questions
1. The Rules ­ and thus Ethics ­ of Play
While much has been written about potential psychological and social consequences of e-games, very little academic research has focused on the ethics of e-games.  The ethical questions and issues here, however, are many ­ for example:
A. What ethics ­ if any ­ may be expected of gamers (e.g., honesty, fairness, respect, integrity - see: Code of Ethics
B. On the contrary, is it ethically justified to suspend such ethical expectations within specific games (e.g., Grand Theft Auto III) ­ precisely because these are ³just a game,² i.e., a kind of psychological and/or social
exercise that, like Carneval and other traditional events that temporarily invert prevailing social norms, may have cathartic and/or other beneficent effects?
C.  Are there ethical norms to be expected of game designers ­ e.g., avoiding designs that intentionally or inadvertently reinforce questionable (if not dangerous and unethical) stereotypes regarding gender, ethnic and
national identities, etc.?  Or is anything justified as long as it sells in the marketplace?
D. How do different cultures shape and shade these ethical questions and responses?  For example, are concerns with illicit sexuality in games primarily only an issue for U.S. (puritanical) parents, while European
parents are more concerned about violence, while parents in Asian countries are concerned about Š? Do different cultures understand the role of games differently ­ and thus, the ethical questions and ways of responding to these questions in different ways?
E. Additional questions / issues?
2. Virtue Ethics and Ethics of Care
E-games, especially in their online versions, bring together participants from around the globe.  A specific approach to the ethics of e-Games invokes virtue ethics ­ e.g., in Aristotelian and/or Confucian traditions ­to ask
the question, what human excellences and potentials are fostered by our playing such games (e.g., Coleman 2001)?  Contemporary feminist ethics, including an ethics of care (e.g., as developed by Nel Noddings) would also raise critical questions regarding what we learn and develop ­ specifically, what capacities for caring, if any
­ as we play such games.  What would such ethical analyses suggest to us regarding contemporary games? Are these analyses legitimate to use ­ and/or do they beg several questions regarding the nature of games, gamers, and game-playing?
[Coleman, Kari. 2001. Android Arete:  Toward a Virtue Ethic for Computational Agents,  Ethics and Information Technology, 3 (4): 247-265.]
3. Social Dimensions
The larger social impacts of computing and information technologies are one set of consequences that are ethically relevant to design and use of ICTs ­and thus are of importance in Information Ethics.  Many negative consequences of game-playing are thematic of both popular and scholarly literature, e.g., concerns with encouraging violence, potential addiction, and other anti-social impacts. At the same time, however, at
least some games may be argued to have ethical and social value as they enhance social and other sorts of skills, serve as an attractor in e-learning environments, etc.  What can reliable research in fact tell us regarding these impacts ­both positive and negative? And: given the best available research on these impacts ­ what ethical conclusions (if any) may be drawn regarding the production and consumption of e-games?
4. Gender, Culture
It is not hard to find examples in especially the more popular e-games of gender and cultural stereotypes ­ stereotypes that are ethically reprehensible insofar as they ideologically justify a range of inequalities and the violation of basic human rights. If certain games only work to reinforce prevailing ³masculinist² stereotypes regarding how to be male; and if certain games teach us to see ³the Other² (whether as a female and/or as
a member of a cultural/ethnic identity different from our own) as naturally inferior, the legitimate target of violence, etc. ­ then a strong ethical case against such games could be made.  On the other hand, gamers may be perfectly aware that ³this is just a game² ­ i.e., they may well approach such stereotypes with a distance and irony that helps diffuse rather than reinforce them. Moreover, not all games work by presuming such gender and/or cultural stereotypes. And finally, a growing community of women gamers directly challenge these stereotypes about games.  Are there games and ways of playing games that help us explore our identities as gendered beings in positive and fruitful ways, rather than simply playing off and thus reinforcing stereotypes that may be questionable, if not oppressive?  Are there games and ways of playing games that in fact help us overcome ethnocentrism and come to see ³the Other² in ways that teach us to respect the irreducible differences that define diverse gender and cultural identities ­ perhaps even teach us to communicate more effectively across these differences?
5. None of the Above
We do not imagine that this initial list of suggestions exhausts all possible topics and approaches to ethical reflection on e-Games.  On the contrary, we encourage interested authors to propose additional frameworks,
questions, ethical and analytical approaches, etc., that will add to our insight regarding ethics and e-Games.
The Rules of the Game
Potential authors are asked to provide an extended abstract (max. 1,500 words) by 30. June 2005. The abstract should be written in the mother tongue of the author. An English translation of this abstract has to be included, if the chosen language is not English or German. The IJIE will publish accepted articles (3000 words or 20,000 letters including blanks) in German, English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. For further details see the
submission guidelines <> .
The abstracts will be selected by the guest editors, Dr. Charles Ess and Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan. Authors will be notified by 15. August 2005.
Deadline for the final article (according to IRIE format guide) is 30.  September 2005. All submissions will be subject to peer review. Therefore the acceptance of an extended abstract by the members of the editorial board does not imply the publication of the final text unless the article passed the peer review.
For more information about the journal see: 
A list of documents, which potential authors might find useful, can be requested by e-mail. Members of the ICIE will get a copy of the list via the ICIE mailing list.
Please send queries and proposals to guest editors,
Dr. Charles Ess: <[email protected]>
Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan: <[email protected]>

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CFP - Book Chapters


We are seeking contributions for this proposed edited collection. Rather than producing more speculative work, we wish to focus on empirical data collected online about the intricate, intimate virtual ways that people forge connections. The three sections will be: Love & Sex; Work & Education; and Methods & Ethics. Chapters should be empirically based, 8000 words in length, and written in an accessible style suitable for an interested, intelligent general audience as well as for an academic readership in gender/cultural/media studies, sociology/anthropology, and new media.

Deadline for abstracts Friday May 8th.
Deadline for completed chapters February 14th 2006.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words (attached as a .doc or .rtf file) and including a brief bio or CV to:

Feona Attwood, Sheffield Hallam University, UK [email protected] and

Dr Samantha Holland, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK [email protected]

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April 19, 2005

It's not just corn in Indiana...but sometimes it is

Indiana is the second largest producer of popcorn in the U.S.  According to the Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service, last year Hoosier farmers produced 254.1 million pounds of popcorn worth $29.7 million. There are many more interesting popcorn facts on the The Popcorn Board site, even has teaching resources...and popcorn animation in Flash.

Now personally I love the stuff...could eat it everyday. I'm talking plain flavoring or sugar required. Just pop it in tiny bit oil and I'm good to go. But it seems that no matter how I pop it I end up with lots of dead kernels in the bottom of the pan or bag. Well the smart folks at Purdue have figured it all out. Popcorn connoisseurs check out Pop Star Secrets Revealed!

While a poppable kernel must have a precise amount of moisture in the endosperm, or starchy center (about 14.5 to 15 percent), the Purdue researchers say the real explosive secret lies in the hull, or pericarp.

In some varieties, the pericarp becomes more moistureproof as it is heated, sealing in the steam until the pressure gets so high that the hull fractures and the kernel goes pop.

In other varieties that don't undergo heat-induced change, the moisture escapes, the hull never breaks and then the kernel goes pfffft.

I think I should test the theory with a bag of hot fresh popped corn.

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Registeration for First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

I am finally allowing myself to take the time, as non-writing time, to attend a conference. Today I registered, late sadly, for the First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry to be held May 5-7, 2005 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The following was drawn from the CFP:

The theme of the First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry focuses on "Qualitative Inquiry in a Time of Global Uncertainty." We call on the international community of interpretive scholars to gather together in common purpose to address the implications of the recent attempts by federal governments and their agencies to define what is 'good science', and what constitutes 'good scholarship'. Around the globe governments are attempting to regulate interpretive inquiry by enforcing bio-medical, evidence-based models of research.

These regulatory activities raise basic philosophical, epistemological, political and pedagogical issues for scholarship and freedom of speech in the academy. Their effects are interdisciplinary. They cut across the fields of educational and policy research, the humanities, communications, health and social science, social welfare, business and law.

In the United States, the evidence-based experimental science movement, with accompanying federal legislation (Leave No Child Behind), threatens to deny advances in critical qualitative inquiry, including rigorous criticisms of positivist research. This legislation marginalizes indigenous, border, feminist, race, queer, and ethnic studies. The international community of qualitative researchers must come together to debate and discuss the implications of these new developments.

The mission of the First International Congress is to provide a forum for these critical conversations, to build and expand the already robust tradition of Qualitative Inquiry. This congress gathers together vibrant strands of qualitative research to produce innovative futures. We seek to generate lively, critical debate, foster contacts and the exchange ideas, and draw inspiration from each other. We encourage international participation from different countries, disciplines and cultural backgrounds, as well as from a wide range of research areas, including the humanities, medical and health care scholars.

If WiFi is available I will try to blog as many sessions as I can.

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April 18, 2005

Genre Analysis - wish I'd had this book for the last five years

I've been struggling with my personal paradigms on how one should structure the introduction to an academic work. A couple of days ago I was discussing the problem with Susan Herring, she asked me if I had yet received my copy of John M. Swales Genre Analysis. I received his second book Research Genres weeks ago, but the first one was held up in shipping.

Susan was asking because Genre Analysis includes a detailed analysis of the Introduction of a Research Article. Swales begins the section with the following:

Introductions are known to be troublesome, and nearly all academic writers admit to having more difficulty with getting started on a piece of academic writing than they have with its continuation. The opening paragraphs somehow present the writer with an unnerving wealth of options: decisions have to be made about the amount and type of background knowledge to be included; decisions have to be made about an authoritative versus sincere stance (Arrington and Rose, 1987); decisions have to be made about the winsomeness of the appeal to the readership; and decisions have to be made about the directness of the approach. If we add to the above brief catalogue the assumption that first impressions matter (especially in an era of exponentially-expanding literature), then we are not surprised to note that over the last 10 years or so there has been growing interest in the introductory portions of texts (pp. 137-138).

I clearly need to spend some time with this section before I dive back into rewriting the DG paper. Not to mention that it should help for quals too.

Reference List:

Swales, John (2004). Research Genres: Explorations and Applications. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.

Swales, John (1990). Genre Analysis: English in Academic Settings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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April 17, 2005

Finding a quiet place

My birthday happened last week. I'm now 46.  No I don't usually look it unless I haven't had enough sleep, but I often feel it with that nagging "I've been through this before" perspective. Which is why I thought this quiz might be amusing. Of course given the choices I'm very glad that I didn't test as "40+" on this thing...sounds like if you do test at that level you are about to be put out of your misery. OUCH!

You Are 29 Years Old
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe. 13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world. 20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences. 30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more! 40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
What Age Do You Act?

Hubby got me the greatest b'day gift, a High Spirits Native American Flute. To be specific I play a Sparrow Hawk in A - Cedar.

So now I take work breaks to sit on my front porch and play the flute. It's a wonderful peaceful thing for me to do...just hope the neighbors thing so as well.

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April 16, 2005

Reviewing the basics and challenging the understood

Today I am fundamentally playing with a jigsaw puzzle. I have chopped the "Background" section of my Digital Generations chapter into paragraphs, slugged each with a keyword phrase, and am now looking at reorganizing the paper. The more I reread what I had written the more I felt as though some of it was just in the wrong place. Nothing terrible it was good as it was, just that it could hang together better if some changes were made.

So I have been pulling my collection of writing books off the shelf one by one, reviewing what should go into a introduction, questioning both my own paradigms and the books lack of information. It's surprising that so many of the texts give only a single answer on structure. "The introduction comes at the beginning of the paper." Amazing to think that so many of these works give no description of the function of the "beginning" element of a paper. Guess they think "Introduction" is clear enough.

The best material I have found so far is from - Lunsford, Andrea A. (2001). The Everyday Writer. (2nd ed.) Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. This is a great beginning guide I ran across when I was teaching last year at IUPUC.  They use the text in their writing lab so I tried to tie into it with my students.

The introduction should draw readers into the essay and provide any background they will need to understand your discussion. Here are some tips for drafting an introduction to a research essay.
  • It is often effective to open with a question, especially your research question. Next you might explain what you will do to answer the question. Then end with your thesis statement - in essence, the answer - which grows out of your working thesis.
  • Help readers get their bearings by forecasting your main points
  • Establish your own credibility by telling how you have become knowledgeable about the topic.
  • In general, you may not want to open with a quotation. In the course of a research essay, you may want to quote several sources, and opening with a quotation from one source may give it too much emphasis.

Ok, so why am I going back to the basics at this point? In the original of the DG paper I have some preliminary blog use stats in the introduction and then more detailed stats in the background section.  The two sets of numbers don't specifically restate themselves, in fact they mostly build on each other from general to specific. I'm wondering if I should put all of them in one place and if so which place is better.

I do not write long detailed introductions. In truth I don't write long anything...I'm pretty concise and to the point when I write. So I think I will move the stats into the introduction, for now. If it flows that's fine, if it doesn't then I will rethink my strategy.

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Sony U71 Review

I've mentioned here before that I want to buy a Sony U71, assuming I win the lottery soon. *sigh* I've held off even really thinking about owning one until after I make a decision on going to AoIR 2006 in Australia. Sadly the cost is kinda similar between the two.

Well today a review of the product ended up in one of my PubSub searches. So here it is if you too are interested in ultra-portable computing. Sony Vaio U-71 from Dave's IPaq blog, it's a multi page review.  What can I say now I really want one. *plinking her pennies into the piggy bank*

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April 14, 2005

Oh my I did hear them correctly

New Years Eve day I sat down in a cafe in the French Quarter of New Orleans, hubby was in a shop and my knees were hurting so I took a break. I ordered a cup of coffee and a pastry and sat watching the goings on around me - a great thing to do in New Orleans.

A couple came in and sat down at the table next to me and ordered alcoholic drinks. The waitress took their order with out comment and, after a short time, served them their order.

Then two black couples entered and sat at the bar. They ordered and were told there by the bartender that there was a per person minimum order for alcoholic drinks. I remember thinking "I didn't hear the waitress say that to the other couple?" But I dismissed the whole thing, could have been a new waitress.

Well today's MSNBC feed brought me this story, New Orleans finds racism on Bourbon Street: Study follows death of black college student in New Orleans bar. The incident I just recounted for you happened earlier in the day before the college student was killed and his friend severely injured.

If you're black and belly up to a bar on Bourbon Street, be forewarned: You run a 50-50 chance of either being charged more or being forced to order a minimum number of drinks.

Those are the findings of a study done for the city in the wake of the death of a black college student who died in a scuffle with white bouncers outside a bar on the famous French Quarter thoroughfare.

The study, conducted by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, paired black and white men of similar body type, dress and manner, and sent them into bars within minutes of each other.

Of the 28 bars visited, 40 percent charged the black customers more for drinks. A white man, for example, bought a Long Island iced tea for $7.50, while the black man was charged $9, according to James Perry, executive director of the private, nonprofit housing center.

Ten percent of the bars informed the blacks - but not the whites - that there was a drink minimum, and 7 percent told their black customers that they would have to meet a dress code.

It's just insane, that is all I can say after reading this article.

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Estimate that the number of blogs now exceeds 50 million worldwide

Duncan Riley at The Blog Herald has done another of his estimates of blogs world wide. This round of estimates shows, again, that the number of blogs presented in main stream media is probably under-estimated. Check out Number of blogs now exceeds 50 million worldwide. The full text of Duncan's post follows, I respaced it to make it clearer.

Recent figures being released and continued growth in the Blogosphere has led me to believe that despite some media groups still making claims that there are only 8 or 10 million blogs in existence the number is now higher than the 34.5 million blogs I calculated in January. (the notable exception being Melbourne€™s The Age who misquoted my 1 billion posts being tracked by Technorati and wrote that I stated there were 100 million blogs in existence, a little premature, perhaps April 06?). Like January, this is not a scientific study but an informed guestimate based on evidence available.

Blogs in existence in April 2005: 50.75 million worldwide

What follows is how I came up with the figure.

Multinational Blogging Services
Google: 8 million
according to Perseus

MSN Spaces: 5 million
Perseus + Scoble

Six Apart Live Journal/ TypePad/ MT: 8.2 million
from LJ 14Apr (6.8m) + SixApart claimed 1.2 million for MT and TypePad when it acquired LJ which was 5.3m at the time, allows for 200,000 conservative growth figure for MT and TypePad)

Other hosted (US): 9 million
based on Perseus study

WordPress: 250,000
at best an educated guess, over100,000 downloads of WP 1.5 and 266,000 links to WordPress on Google

Other DIY: 100,000
again, an educated guess, and this would include CMS packages that are utilising blogging plugins
By Region/ Country

I'd note that in the regional figures I'm excluding those who are using multinational services previously calculated (eg Blogger) and am only counting local services, which is different to how I calculated the figure back in January

Europe: 2 million

China: 2 million
various reports and feedback from users in China and interested in China. The blog market in China is still immature and is just starting to take off

Japan: 1 million
rough reports, I suspect the figure is higher

Korea: 15 million
Previous reports (see January post) I've revised it down slightly because I believe I over estimated the figure for Cyworld. Rest of Asia, the Sub-Continent and Middle East: 1 million
again, educated guess, I know for example that there are thriving blog cultures emerging in Singapore and Malaysia, and that India is also showing growth, but given the lower penetration of computers in many of these countries its best to keep the figure low

South America: 1 million
Again, various reports, there is a thriving blogging community emerging in countries such as Argentina and Brazil, but again in terms of numbers is still rather low. There is also a number of local blogging services available as well

Africa: n/a
insignificant numbers, although there are a growing number of bloggers in South Africa.

Australia: (120,000)
not included in total figure because Australian bloggers nearly exclusively use the American and multinational services.

TOTAL: 50.75 million worldwide

Update: As per comments it's remiss of me not to note that a significant portion of the blogs are most likely abondoned or spam blogs, or that the figures are not likely to be represented in actual bloggers (multiple blogs per blogger), however I do this exercise from time to time as a means of noting that many in the mainstream media continue to under report the number of blogs in existence and the aim of this post is to articulate a more accurate figure (although an educated guess) as to how many blogs are actually out there. I'd note as in January that the blogosphere also extends beyond the North American mainland, another fact often overlooked.

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Classroom Assessment

I found this very cool set of pages about classroom assessment listed in an email from the IUB Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Newsletter. Why do Assessment? is the first of 5 screens of very useful and thought provoking information. This site is well worth a read for anyone who is teaching.

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April 13, 2005

Kathryn La Barre - tenure track person

I am so jazzed, just got the thumbs up that my friend and fellow SLIS student, though she is a PhD candidate, Kathryn La Barre is one of the newest faculty members at The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You can check out the announcement, Two New LIS Professionals to Join University of Illinois Faculty.

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The Blogging Geyser

Perseus has a new blog survey The Blogging Geyser, released yesterday I think. Gosh how I wish people would date webpages. *sigh*

Accounts on blogging services have grown much faster than originally forecast. In fact, Perseus published its first forecast of the hosted blogging industry at the worst possible time from a forecasting standpoint: October, 2003. This was right before the inflection point in account growth, as growth dramatically accelerated.

Perseus expects much debate about what was the external cause of the inflection point. Perseus would argue that Dave Winer's Bloggercon, backed as it was by Harvard, was the inflection point for the hosted blogging industry. The first Bloggercon attracted incredible attention from the mainstream media, propelling interest in the category and dramatically accelerating the account growth. This sudden growth was like a geyser: dramatic, unpredictable and trending vertical.

The study has a lengthy list of "caveats" that point out specific limitations with the methodology...we like that.

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April 12, 2005

Decision made on ICA

No International Communication Association (ICA) Conference for me. I paid my student registration then found out there are no rooms in the conference hotel, and no hotels that are cost effective and close to the conference hotel. They have arranged for a block of rooms at NYU but it's a 10 minute walk to the subway and then a 20 minute ride once you are on it. *sigh* Not a good way for me to start out a day.

So for my registration I get access to the papers online. And everyone else can tell me what a great time I missed. *sigh* This means that my next "trip" won't be until November and the National Communication Association, in Boston - assuming my panel is accepted. Before that I have two conference scheduled but both are car drives away so that doesn't feel like much of a "trip." Oh well, most of that is mind set. LOL Next year will be a big travel year, assuming I hit HICSS in Hawaii, ICA in Germany, and AoIR in Australia - a couple of week trip if I get to go since I have friends and family to visit (meet?) there.

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Time to start thinking about Student Progress Reports

It's almost Progress Report time again. *sigh* Every year doctoral students in my program, through the academic year their dissertation proposal is accepted, are required to pull together a Student Progress Report (pulls up a Word document). The process is based on similar annual reviews for pre-tenure faculty so it is a useful exercise, just that it's well...administrative...not my favorite part of the job. I know I tend to be miles ahead because I'm a record keeper and I do my monthly reports, so preparing the Progress Report is mostly cut-and-paste from one form or program into the final format. It's mostly that, just like today, it hits me in mid-April that I have to get my committee scheduled - not an easy thing since they are all so busy - and get the paperwork pulled together. Of course this year everything that takes time away from quals feels stressful and unnecessary...intellectually I know better, but what can I say I'm human.

So, once my academic email account is back online, I get to email my committee and start negotiating for dates to meet. We will get it done. *S*

I like this graphic, I don't remember seeing it in the set before. It captures really nicely how I feel today, like I have all these heavy things hanging on me. LOL Though I truly don't consider myself a snake-type personality. LOL

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Quals status

Latest counts before I set everything aside to work on the Digital Generation's chapter:

One significant section complete, including
35 citations
3231 words
13 pages (double-spaced)

Somewhat slower going then I had expected but it should not have surprised me. You see as I wrote I kept finding terms, thoughts, etc. that needed further citation. So there is much time spent shifting through related materials to gather the right citation to support, define, or clarify what I was writing. In other words...more of the usual.

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8th Annual International Workshop on Presence
London, England
September 21-23, 2005

Submission deadline: June 6, 2005

Full details on the web at


Academics and practitioners with an interest in the concept of (tele)presence are invited to submit their work for presentation at PRESENCE 2005 at University College London in London, England, September 21-23, 2005.

The eighth in a series of highly successful international workshops, PRESENCE 2005 will provide an open discussion forum to share ideas regarding concepts and theories, measurement techniques, technology, and applications related to presence, the psychological state or subjective perception in which a person fails to accurately and completely acknowledge the role of technology in an experience, including the sense of 'being there' experienced by users of advanced media such as virtual reality.

The concept of presence in virtual environments has been around for at least 15 years, and the earlier idea of telepresence at least since Minsky's seminal paper in 1980. Recently there has been a burst of funded research activity in this area for the first time with the European FET Presence Research initiative. What do we really know about presence and its determinants? How can presence be successfully delivered with today's technology? This conference invites papers that are based on empirical results from studies of presence and related issues and/or which contribute to the technology for the delivery of presence. Papers that make substantial advances in theoretical understanding of presence are also welcome. The interest is not solely in virtual environments but in mixed reality environments. Submissions will be reviewed more rigorously than in previous conferences. High quality papers are therefore sought which make substantial contributions to the field.

Approximately 20 papers will be selected for two successive special issues for the journal Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments.

PRESENCE 2005 takes place in London and is hosted by University College London. The conference is organized by ISPR, the International Society for Presence Research and is supported by the European Commission's FET Presence Research Initiative through the Presencia and IST OMNIPRES projects and by University College London.


Submissions of papers, demonstrations, and panels that represent completed or ongoing work are encouraged in areas including but not limited to:

* Explications of the presence concept

* Presence evaluation/measurement methodologies

* Causes and consequences (effects) of presence

* Presence in shared virtual environments and online communities

* Social/affective interfaces, virtual agents, parasocial interactions

* Presence-associated technologies:
    - Immersive, interactive, multimodal displays
    - Advanced broadcast and cinematic displays (stereoscopic TV, HDTV, IMAX)
    - Virtual environments/simulators
    - 3-D sound
    - Haptic/tactile displays

* Presence applications:
    - Education and training
    - Medicine and therapy
    - Entertainment
    - Communication and collaboration
    - Teleoperation
    - Presence and design
    - Presence in art

* Presence and philosophical issues (e.g., the nature of 'reality')

* The ethics of presence

* Presence in the future: Media experiences in the 21st century and beyond


Like the earlier workshops, PRESENCE 2005 will have an interactive format in which all participants (attendees, presenters, invited speakers) attend each of the sessions as well as several social events, allowing participants to exchange ideas and build knowledge together as the conference progresses.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by three prominent presence scholars:

Paul Verschure (Institute of Neuroinformatics, University/ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland)

Woody Barfield (Human Interface Technology Lab, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA)

Carolina Cruz-Neira (Virtual Reality Applications Center, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA)


The Workshop will be hosted by University College London (UCL) in the Bloomsbury area in the heart of the great city of London.

For more information about London visit the official website for London (; for more information about UCL, visit the UCL web site (


We invite researchers and practitioners to submit work in the following categories:

Full papers: Comprehensive descriptions of original research or design work within the scope of the workshop. Full papers are limited to 12 pages in the PRESENCE 2005 template format (see submission page at and will be considered for oral presentation (unless the submitter requests consideration only
for poster presentation).

Short papers: Brief presentation of tentative or preliminary results of research or design work within the scope of the workshop. Short papers are limited to 4 pages in the PRESENCE 2005 template format and will be considered for both oral presentation and poster presentation.

Posters: Visual display presentation. Submissions are limited to 4 A4 pages which contain miniature versions of the larger pages that would be displayed at the conference.

Demonstrations/exhibitions: Step-by-step audiovisual demonstrations and/or hands-on experiences of (commercial or academic) work within the scope of the workshop. Proposals for demonstrations/exhibitions are limited to 2 pages in the PRESENCE 2005 template format.

Panels: Sets of presentations on a single theme or topic within the scope of the workshop. Submitters are encouraged to be creative regarding both the topic and format of panel proposals, which are limited to 4 pages in the PRESENCE 2005 template format.

All submitted papers will be blind peer-reviewed by at least two selected reviewers. Work accepted for presentation will be included in the official conference proceedings and may be posted on the ISPR, presence-connect, and web sites prior to the conference. Authors of as many as 20 of the presented papers will be invited to revise their paper for publication in one of two special conference issues
(August and October 2006) of the MIT Press journal Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments.

Please submit your work online at the submission page of the conference web site at by the conference deadline of June 6, 2005.


Registration costs before or on July 31 are 200 GBP for individuals with an academic, governmental, or non-profit affiliation; 300 GBP for individuals with a corporate affiliation; and 100 GBP for doctoral students. (For costs in other currencies, visit All registration fees will include admission to all Workshop sessions, conference materials, refreshments during breaks, lunches and conference dinner/reception.

Registration opens May 15, 2005. Please visit the registration page of the conference web site at for the registration and payment forms and procedures.


Conference chair

Mel Slater (University College London)

Program Committee

Mariano Alcaniz (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)
Carlo Alberto Avizzano (Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Italy)
Jeremy N. Bailenson (Stanford University, USA)
Rosa Baños (University of Valencia, Spain)
Woody Barfield (University of Washington, USA)
Edwin Blake (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Cristina Botella Arbona (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
Doug Bowman (Virginia Tech, USA)
Cheryl Campanella Bracken (Cleveland State University, USA)
Alan Chalmers (University of Bristol, UK)
Jonathan Freeman (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK)
Doron Friedman (University College London, UK) (Posters Chair)
Luciano Gamberini (University of Padua, Italy)
Wijnand Ijsselsteijn (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Roy Kalawsky (Loughborough University, UK)
Rita Lauria (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, USA)
Jane Lessiter (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK)
Matthew Lombard (Temple University, USA)
Katerina Mania (University of Sussex, UK)
Giorgio Metta (Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy)
Christa Neuper (University of Graz, Austria)
Miriam Reiner (Technion: Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Albert Skip Rizzo (University of Southern California, USA)
Daniela Romano (University of Sheffield, UK)
Roy Ruddle (University of Leeds, UK)
Maria Victoria Sanchez-Vives (Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante, Spain)
Ralph Schroeder (Oxford Internet Institute, UK)
Thomas Schubert (University of Jena, Italy)
Mel Slater (University College London, UK)
Anna Spagnoli (University of Padua, Italy)
Anthony Steed (University College London, UK)
Walter van de Velde (European Commission, EU)
Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy (University College London, UK)
(Demonstrations/Exhibitions Chair)
Suzanne J. Weghorst (University of Washington, USA)
Mary Whitton (University of North Carolina, USA)


For more information or assistance, please contact the Conference Chair, Mel Slater, at [email protected] or [email protected].

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April 10, 2005

But but but I want more links in the paper

Ok, now I officially feel like I've been blogging far too long. I'm finishing up my first week of writing my quals paper. So far I almost have one section, a significant one at that, done.

Stats = 3,491 words, 31 citations, 14 pages double spaced.

But I have to admit it is killing me. I keep wanting to add links. Links to definitions, links to more information, links to blogs that have discussed the academic article that I'm presenting, links to other sections of the paper itself that build upon this section. I have been subsumed by hypertext linking.

Somewhere along the line I have stopped just thinking non-linearly and have begun expecting my world to function on multiple planes. I think this is good...but frustrating since this paper has to be presented on paper and paper is boringly, traditionally linear. *sigh*

After tomorrow I will have to set the quals paper aside so I can concentrate on revising my Digital Generations chapter for the April 30 deadline. Lots of writing to do over the next few months. I have these two, quals and DG chapter, and an invited chapter for an ethnography text - a revised version of a paper I wrote for a class several years ago - that will be due in June though they would like it asap. "What publisher ever says "take your time?" LOL

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Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2005 (Student Award)

Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2005

A student award competition
Sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research

The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that (1) apply
symbolic interactionist approaches to Internet studies, (2) demonstrate interactive relationships between social interaction and communication technologies as advocated by Couch, and/or (3) develop symbolic interactionist concepts in new directions. Papers will be evaluated based on the quality of (1) mastery of Symbolic Interactionist approaches and concepts and Couch's theses, (2) originality, (3) organization, (4) presentation, and (5) advancement of knowledge.

Evaluation will be administered by a Review Committee of four:

     Dr. Mark D. Johns, Luther College, Decorah, IA, chair
     Dr. Katherine M. Clegg Smith, Johns Hopkins University
     Dr. Lori Kendall, SUNY-Purchase, New York
     Dr. Jodi O'Brien, Seattle University

Competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students of all disciplines. Works that are published or accepted for publication are not eligible for award consideration. Entries should not exceed 30 pages (approximately 7500 words) in length, including references and appendices. Limit of one entry per student per year.

The top three papers will receive Couch Awards to be presented at the 2005 International Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The top paper will be awarded a certificate
and a cash prize of $300, runner up will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $200, and a third paper will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $100. All three authors will be invited to present their work at a session of the A.o.I.R. conference, October 5-9, 2005.

Applicants should send a copy of their paper electronically to Mark D. Johns at [email protected] Application deadline is May 1, 2005. Notification of award will be sent by June 15.

Those with questions or comments about Couch Award application, please
Mark D. Johns
Dept. of Communication Studies
Luther College
Decorah, IA 52101
Tel: (563) 387-1347
E-mail: [email protected]

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April 09, 2005

What are your 10 "Must Read" blogs?

Reading Anya's post Blogging: what is it good for? especially "2. Developing social networks of friends, colleagues, students, other researchers (my favourite bloggers include," got me thinking. Anya has a list on her sidebar of 10 blogs she calls her "Must Reads!" I started wondering who my 10 "Must Read!" would be? Took sometime to pare down the list since I read so many blogs now a days.

So here is the list of those blogs and bloggers that make my heart go pitty-pat wondering "What do they have to say today?" when I see a new post on the RSS reader. I wouldn't say all of these are blogs I "love" all of them are very thought provoking and interesting, including the occasional thought of "What were they on that day?" LOL

I didn't include any of the blogs I read which are written by people I see f2f regularly. Truth is I would read those no matter what. *S* They are all good blogs and great friends.

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April 08, 2005

Sahara - the movie

Hubby and I had great fun this evening. We took in Sahara (warning it plays music), staring Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, and Steve Zahn. The movie is based on the Clive Cussler novel of the same name.

I am a huge Cussler fan. Well actually I was a huge fan until the books got to be too slick and self serving.  He writes himself in as a character, once upon a time it was cute, now it's kinda creepy. I should note that most every thriller authors who has had a best seller in the last 20 years has listed Cussler as their favorite author. Truthfully some of them have stolen from him rather liberally, so it's possible that if you read the books you will recognize things that turned up later in other authors works.

Sahara, the book was published in 1992 and is a very good engaging read. If you are thinking ahead for something to take to the beach I recommend it.

The movie is in no way flawless, what movie from a novel ever is. It is, however, a good romp through the desert with interesting characters. In the books, and the film to a lesser extent, Dirk Pitt is the man ever guy dreams of being and every women dreams of attracting, and Al Giardino is the guy we all want for a best friend.

So go and enjoy the movie and read the books.

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CFP - 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

The 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held from January 11 (Wednesday) to January 14 (Saturday), 2006 at the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu. Oahu is often nicknamed "the gathering place". The 2006 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields from all over the world. The main goal of the 2006 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.  Performing artists (live dance, theater, and music) interested in displaying their talents will be accommodated whenever possible.  Direct specific inquires to [email protected] The 2005 conference was a great success!  It was attended by more than 1250 participants, representing more than 40 countries!

Topic Areas (All Areas of Arts and Humanities are Invited)
·        Anthropology
·        American Studies
·        Archeology
·        Architecture
·        Art
·        Art History
·        Dance
·        English
·        Ethnic Studies
·        Film
·        Graphic Design
·        History
·        Landscape Architecture
·        Languages
·        Literature
·        Linguistics
·        Music
·        Performing Arts
·        Philosophy
·        Religion
·        Second Language Studies
·        Speech/Communication
·        Theatre
·        Visual Arts
·        Other Areas of Arts and Humanities
·        Cross-disciplinary areas of the above related to each other or other areas.

Call for Papers, Reports, Abstracts, and Studies:

The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities encourages the following types of submissions:
·        Research Papers - Completed research papers in any of the topic areas listed above or related areas.
·        Abstracts - Abstracts of completed or proposed research in any of the topic areas listed above, or related areas.  The abstract for proposed research should include the research objectives, proposed methodology, and a discussion of expected outcomes.
·        Student Papers - Research done by students in any of the topic areas listed above, or related
·        Case Studies - Case studies in any of the topic areas listed above or related areas.
·        Work-in-Progress Reports or Proposals for Future Research - Incomplete research or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback in any of the topic areas listed above, or related
·        Reports on Issues Related to Teaching - Reports related to innovative instruction techniques or research related to teaching in any of the topic areas listed above, or related areas.

Format of Presentations:

Paper sessions will consist of three to four presentations in a 90 minute session.  The session will be divided equally between the presenters.

Workshop presentations will be given a full 90 minute session.

Panel sessions will provide an opportunity for three or more presenters to speak in a more open and conversational setting with conference attendees.

Submissions for these 90 minute sessions should include the name, department, affiliation, and email address of each panelist in addition to a description of the presentation and the title page.

Poster sessions will last 90 minutes and consist of a large number of presenters.  Poster sessions allow attendees to speak with the presenters on a one-to-one basis. The following supplies will be provided:
·        Easel
·        Tri-fold display board (48 x 36 inches)
·        Markers
·        Push pins
·        Tape
·        Round table
·        Chairs

Submitting a Proposal:

 Submission Deadline: August  23rd, 2005.

1.  Create a title page for your submission.  The title page should include:
a.          title of the submission
b.          topic area of the submission (choose from above list)
c.          presentation format (choose from above list)
d.          name(s) of the author(s)
e.          department(s) and affiliation(s)
f.          mailing address(es)
g.          e-mail address(es)
h.          phone number(s)
i.          fax number(s)
j.          corresponding author if different than lead author

2. Email your abstract and/or paper, along with a title page, to [email protected] Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged via email within 48 hours.  If you do not wish to email your submission, you may send it via regular mail or fax to:
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
P.O. Box 75036
Honolulu, HI, 96836, USA
808-947-2420 (Fax)

Mahalo, (Hawaiian for Thank You)

Catherine Pagan
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

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April 07, 2005

In the "Oh Gezzz" cateogry

This came across on the morning news feeds, More proof that Best Buy is actually "Worst Buy": Man arrested for paying in $2 bills. Now this is a scary story of people acting at the extremes on all sides.

Wonder what these folks would do with a load of Susan B's? Yes, Virginia they are still legal tender as well.

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Google Blogoscoped, weird program

ResearchBuzz posted an interesting entry this morning, Google Blogoscoped Creates Auto-Linker Tool.

Google Blogoscoped has created an auto-linker tool that, ironically enough, works with the Yahoo API (it also works with Google, as you can see from a pull down menu at the bottom of its page.) You can get it at It works like this: enter a bunch of text, and whichever search engine you choose analyzes and links whatever it considers to be significant words and phrases.

So I ran a bunch of text through the program just to see what happened. The post I used is Women as bloggers - long post warning. Following is the uncensored output using Google.

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...

Well first off the tool has a word limit. The original post has 1575 words. Their analysis has only 338 words.

So lets look at the first six links:

A general note, it appears that the tool usually does single word searches, two exceptions were "Steven Levy" and "black women". So it pulled up an entry for "blogs" but didn't look for "political blogs" an entry for which there are potentially many hits.

So this tool may be a good idea but it's in it's infancy. Personally I don't think it will be very useful to me and my style of linking for a long time.

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April 06, 2005

PEW Internet & American Life Project stands by their data

Something tells we haven't hear the last of this "controversy." The following quote is taken from a PEW Internet & American Life Project Commentary:

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is seeking a correction to two stories which appeared regarding our recent podcasting data memo.

Newsfactor and not only mischaracterized our data, but suggested that we have now "backtracked." To the contrary, we stand by our data and urge anyone concerned about it to examine the actual survey question and to read the data memo.

Some have noted that our question wording did not make the distinction between getting an MP3 file via RSS or by learning about the file and downloading it another way. All respondents in our survey were asked, "Do you have an iPod or other MP3 player that stores and plays music files, or do you not have one of these?"

11% of American adults said yes

88% of American adults said no

1% of American adults said they don't know

Of the 208 survey respondents who answered yes, we asked, "Have you ever downloaded a podcast or internet radio program so you could listen to it on your digital audio player at a later time?"

29% of iPod or MP3 player owners said yes

70% of iPod or MP3 player owners said no

1% iPod or MP3 player owners said they don't know

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Captain Cook's Diary Online

ResearchBuzz in their post Diary of Captain Cook Available Online pointed me to the National Library of Australia where the digitized ship journal of the Endeavor captained by James Cook is available online.

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April 05, 2005

Saul Bellow dies aged 89

Saul Bellow was one of my favorite writers. Per The Guardian he died yesterday at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Saul Bellow dies aged 89

Nobel laureate Saul Bellow, a master of comic melancholy whose novels both championed and mourned the soul's fate in the modern world, died yesterday. He was 89.

Bellow's close friend and lawyer, Walter Pozen, said the writer of Herzog and Humboldt's Gift had been in declining health but was "wonderfully sharp to the end". Bellow's wife and daughter were at his side when he died at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Bellow was the most acclaimed of a generation of Jewish writers who emerged after the second world war, among them Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth and Cynthia Ozick.

"The backbone of 20th-century American literature has been provided by two novelists - William Faulkner and Saul Bellow," Roth said yesterday. "Together they are the Melville, Hawthorne, and Twain of the 20th century."

He was the first writer to win the National Book Award three times: in 1954 for The Adventures of Augie March, in 1965 for Herzog and in 1971 for Mr Sammler's Planet. In 1976, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Humboldt's Gift.

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Yard in bloom

Our magnolia tree burst into full bloom today. It's always a pretty sight though it undoubtedly means we have cold weather yet to come. Our Zone 5 local is a bit far north for this variety. Four years out of five it freezes while it is blooming so the season is very short.
When I went out to take the magnolia picture I found that our hyacinths are blooming as well. Looks like I should get out of the study more often. A few years ago we planted a couple of hundred bulbs under the Maple on the west of the house, hoping they would naturalize. Some years we get lots of blooms, and some only a few. This is an only a few year.

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New Journal - Journal of Research Practice (JRP)

The announcement of this new journals website rolled across the Association of Internet Researchers list-serv earlier today. Check out the Journal of Research Practice website for submission information.

The Journal of Research Practice (JRP) seeks to develop our understanding of research as a type of practice, so as to extend and enhance that practice in the future. The Journal aims to highlight the dynamics of research practice, as it unfolds in the life of a researcher, in the growth and decline of a field, and in relation to a changing social and institutional environment. The Journal welcomes deliberation on the basic issues and challenges encountered by researchers in any specific domain. The Journal aims to explore why and how different activities, criteria, methods, and languages become part of research practice in any domain. This is expected to trigger inter-disciplinary dialogue, mutual learning, facilitate research education, and promote innovations in different fields.

The Journal's scope is not defined in terms of academic disciplines. It cuts across disciplines and fields by drawing out the living dimensions of research unfolding through history, culture, research communities, professions, and of course the lives of individual researchers. The Journal seeks to study the evolving patterns of thinking and practice that underlie open inquiry in any domain. The scope also includes topics such as research training, research design, research utilisation, research policy, and innovative forms of research. The Journal targets all researchers, scholars, research-inclined professionals, and research students, irrespective of their disciplinary background. It seeks to attract reflective articles on the dynamics and challenges of research practice in context, as well as articles presenting experiences and learning from research carried out in an innovative way.

In order to promote wider participation in these deliberations, JRP will be published electronically in the open-access mode.

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Great now they don't want to let natives in to the States either

From MSNBC, U.S. to tighten passport requirements: You'll need one to get back from Mexico or Canada.

Americans will need passports to re-enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, Panama and Bermuda by 2008, part of a tightening of U.S. border controls in an era of terrorist threat, three administration officials said Tuesday.

Similarly, Canadians will also have to present a passport to enter the United States, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Canadians have been the only foreigners allowed to enter the United States with just a driver's license.

< snip >

The new system will deal first with the Caribbean, then Mexico and Canada. It will start at airports and subsequently spread to land crossings, said an official speaking on condition of anonymity.

U.S. inspectors will bear less of a burden with the changes because they won't have to sift through different kinds of travel documents, the officials said.

Golly I sure wouldn't want to over stress those "lovely" TSA employees. They are always so nice to everyone. *gagging quietly*

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March Advisory Committee Report

Here is the my March Advisory Committee Report for those that might be interested.

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"Bibilocasting" = podcasting related to libraries

Introducing the Bibliocasting listserv.

The bibliocasting listserv ([email protected]) is dedicated to a discussion of streaming media in the library environment. This list grows out of the increasing popularity of "Podcasting," or the use of RSS and the Internet to download audio programs (like audio blogs) to computers and MP3 players. A recent Reuters story states:

"Twenty-nine percent of U.S. adults who own MP3 players like Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod say they have downloaded podcast programs from the Internet, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found...That means more than 6 million people are listening to a form of communication that emerged only last year, according to the nonprofit group."

So what to post on the list? Examples of how libraries can build on the growing excitement of Podcasting; Questions on how libraries can use podcasting and other multimedia information they create to promote
themselves and provide better service; Questions on how to podcast and other technical questions on streaming media including QuickTime Streaming, RealProducer, and others. In addition, the list will include
postings of key articles, reports, and news about podcating and other streaming media in general and in the the library context.

Bottom Line: We are looking to build a community of individuals interested in the application of multimedia in the library environment.


You can get the listserv in two ways. The first is through e-mail. To subscribe to the list send an e-mail to [email protected] with the entire message (no subject line):

        subscribe bibliocasting FirstName LastName

We have also set up a podcast for the list...that's right, you can listen to the list. Each post is transformed from text-to-speech, and syndicated using RSS. The RSS feed (podcast feed) for the list is at:
"Virtual Dave" Lankes, Ph.D.
Executive Director Information Institute of Syracuse
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

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Did PEW overstate the podcast numbers?

In my earlier post, Is Podcasting catching on?, I wrote about the PEW Internet & American Life Project's report that "6 million [American] adults who have tried" downloading and listening to podcasts. This morning's feeds brought me the news, from The Blog Herald, that Pew admits: we stuffed up!

From NewsFactor's story Six Million Podcasters and Counting by Erika Morphy:

Pew research director Mary Madden [a co-author on the report] believes the numbers of people actually using the Internet to broadcast and/or download pods is smaller than the 6 million figure cited in the organization's latest study, however.

"Our question to the survey respondents on this was very broad. We asked if they had ever downloaded a podcast or radio Internet program," she says. In other words, the survey also netted affirmatives from people who may have listened to an NPR program on the radio, for example, and then gone to the NPR site to download it.

Seems that, like so many other of these type of debates, the issues is definitional. Is any audio program that is downloaded from the web in MP3 format a podcast? If so, then NPR news programs that are available from, often for a fee, are podcasts. Likewise that would mean that podcasts have been around far longer then last years increase in audio sent via "RSS with enclosures."

Are only programs that are sent through enclosures podcasts? If so then when a program becomes popular enough, and profitable enough to be picked up by, is it still a podcast?

Often these debate boil down to what you include within the defintional boundary and what you leave outside it. When we bound an artifact we must remember that what is now inside may one day move outside, when its context changes. Additionally when the line is drawn somethings that should be outside the lines will be inside and some that should be inside will be outside. All of this adds up to reasons why we must be careful in defining what is and isn't inside the boundaries of a new digital media form.

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CFP - Information Technology Ethics: Cultural Perspectives

Information Technology Ethics: Cultural Perspectives
A book edited by Dr. Soraj Hongladarom, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
and Prof. Charles Ess, Drury University, USA

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2005

Despite the profound disparities of various digital divides, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their products continue their dramatic expansion throughout the entire world. Both the global reach of the Internet and the forces of globalization more broadly are increasingly expanding the use of ICTs in non-Western countries - so much so, for example, that there are now as many users of the Internet in Asia and the Pacific Rim countries as in North America.  Nonetheless, discussions of and scholarship devoted to Information Ethics in non-western countries are comparatively recent; likewise, discussions of and scholarship devoted to cross-cultural approaches to Information Ethics, especially across East-West boundaries, are only in their beginning stages. Hence, there is an urgent need for investigations into what the non-Western intellectual traditions have to say on the various issues in information ethics.

The Overall Objective of the Book
The book is aimed at: 1) introducing the relevant dimensions of cultures into the deliberations on computer and information ethics; 2) contributing to ongoing discussions on information ethics and to gathering the best research on the field; 3) equipping practitioners, policy makers and various stakeholders in information and computer ethics with a heightened sensitivity to cultural concerns; and 4) stimulating further discussion and research on the role of cultures in issues in information and computer ethics.

The Target Audience
Professionals and researchers working in the field of philosophy, cross-cultural studies and information and knowledge management in various disciplines, e.g. library, information and communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, sociology, computer science, information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support executives and policy makers concerned with information ethics in cross-cultural settings.

Recommended topics include but are not limited to the following:

*Comparative perspectives on issues such as privacy, data privacy protection, intellectual property rights, the digital divide, etc.

*Theoretical investigations - including philosophical perspectives - of information ethics and culture.

*Religious perspectives on information ethics issues - Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, and others, including relevant contrasts with Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and/or indigenous traditions and their correlative impacts on information ethics issues.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 31, 2005 a 2-5 page proposal clearly explaining the topics, approaches, and central claims/conclusions of the proposed chapter, including, where relevant, important bibliographic references.  (The editors welcome e-mail inquiries about potential proposals, questions for clarification, etc., prior to the May 31st deadline.) Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by June 30, 2005 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are due to the first editor by September 30, 2005. All submitted chapters will be reviewed 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, in 2006.  Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Soraj Hongladarom
Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel. +66(0)2218-4756; Fax +66(0)2218-4755
Email: [email protected]

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April 04, 2005

End of the day quals word count

At the end of the first day of writing I have 3,090 words across seven headings. Much of what is on paper is pulled from other works so editing and updating is needed.  But the car is in drive and we are moving forward at a reasonable rate of speed.  *S*

Minimum word requirement for the paper = 10,000.

Of course there is more to this paper then the simple word count, but it does give me a goal toward which to work. Goals are good.

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Research Genres: Explorations and Applications

I just received my copy of: Swales, John (2004). Research Genres: Explorations and Applications. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press. The following was taken from the publishers webpage.

Research Genres is a sequel to John Swales's influential book, Genre Analysis. This new volume opens with an account of today's research world, its many configurations of genres, and the role of English within them. It then explores various theoretical and methodological issues, with a special emphasis on metaphors of genre. The next four chapters deal with important research genres, both spoken and written - the Ph.D. dissertation, the dissertation defense, research group meetings and research talks, and journal articles. The volume closes with evaluations of contrastive rhetoric, applied corpus linguistics, and critical approaches to English for Academic Purposes.

Research Genres provides a rich but accessible account of genre studies by an applied linguist who has devoted his career to the exploration of this key area. It will be of great interest to researchers and graduate students in applied linguistics and to those concerned with understanding and improving research communications.

Check for used copies of Research Genres: Explorations and Applications.

I have Genre Analysis on order as well. I have a feeling that it will be the more immediately useful of the two volumes. Though this one looks like it gives a background in genre analysis in its first three chapters. The later chapters that deal with genre's of academic communication specifically of dissertations and defenses will make interesting reading at a later date.

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Where to find royalty free photos and grapics to use with your posts

Geek News Central in their post Where to find great Images! pointed me to Robin Good: What Communication Experts Need To Know and their list of Where To Find Great Free Photographs And Visuals For Your Own Online Articles.

I am always looking for good visuals to combine with my posts on this blog. Historically I favor black & white images, in particular Dover Electronic Clip Art. Though often when I'm talking about technology specifically I am at a disadvantage since clip art tends to be older work that has fallen out of copyright and drawing of technological items have not yet been around long enough to have their copyrights expire. Hopefully these resources will allow me, and you, to find work that will add to our text without costing us an arm and a leg for royalty fees.

In particular I am taken with morgueFILE's technology category. This listing gives me pictures that are tagged as computers, clocks, CD players, PDA, etc. Lots of stuff to work with.

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Writing Day - day 1

Today is W-Day. Today I start writing. I blacked out this week on the calendar so that my only commitment is my class. So I can dive in head or feet first as it were. I read so much over the last months that my brain is humming.

I won't be talking about all of it to much in this space because I doubt you want to keep reading how hard writing is and how much I both love & hate doing it. You probably feel similarly without my input.

Just keep sending my good thoughts and well wishes. Oh and baked goods are nice too. LOL

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CFP: Performing the Matrix - Mediating Cultural Performances

Performing the Matrix - Mediating Cultural Performances

Johannes-Gutenberg Universit=E4t Mainz, 30 July - 4 August 2005

While matrix is a well established concept within different scholarly fields, it has recently become a popular catchword through the homonymous Wachowski brothers' film. As both a traditional concept and a popular phenomenon, "matrix" can take on a new value when reconsidered in the light of performance studies. Contemporary debates and discussions on cultural performances necessarily reflect on the medial preconditions of these performative activities themselves. A behind-the-scenes look at theatre, ritual, sports, events will reveal a productive mediating structure metaphorically described as "matrix".  This mediating structure and its materializations are fundamentally reshaping modern culture. Accordingly 'politics of visibility', 'media networking', 'telepresence' and 'liveness' are considered to be understood as performances of the matrix. If so, how does this understanding of cultural performances 'as always already mediatized' influence contemporary concepts of performance and media?

The conference title "Performing the Matrix - Mediating Cultural Performances" not only refers to the International Postgraduate Programme "Performance and Media Studies", it also reflects our desire to come to terms with a telematic future through investigation of today's concepts of media and performance theory. If mediatization is a structure that conditions different materializations and modes of communication, the analysis of this matrix apparently will have to focus on the interplays and interrelations that generate it. Thus the conference will be less concerned with media specificity (e.g. of TV, theatre, film) or the categorical differentiation of analogue and digital media, of reference versus simulation etc, but rather with processes and effects of the media-matrix.

The mediatized structure of performance deeply affects the methods of cultural and textual analysis in so far as the conduct of research could be considered as a process of mediatization and performance itself. Images seem to resist description, audio-visual documents in performing arts and hypermedia call for a reading of traces rather than an examination of static objects. Writing about performance and mediatization resembles a dramatic scenario of self-reflexivity (e.g. through performative writing, performance as research) instead of following formal logic. The conference sets out to discuss this double exposure of thematic and methodological issues within the field of performance and media studies.

The conference will be structured in three different sections in which we will discuss the theoretical approaches in performance analysis, the methodology of performance and media studies and the interrelation of cultural performance and politics. Each section will be concerned in its own way with questions of narration and navigation, resistance and effectiveness and the performance of the matrix. Papers are accepted for following sections:

Section A: Contemporary Approaches to the Theories of Performativity and Media

Section B: Mediated Narrative - Telling (hi)stories

Section C: Politics of Performance - Performance of Politics

Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2005

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Philip Auslander (USA)

Prof. Dr. Christopher Balme (Netherlands)

Prof. Dr. David Levin (USA)

Prof. Dr. Freddie Rokem (Israel)

For further information please go to

Johannes Gutenberg-Universit=E4t Mainz
IPP Performance and Media Studies
Birgit Walkenhorst, M.A. (Programm-Koordination)

Welder Weg 18
55099 Mainz
<mailto:[email protected]>

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CFP: 5th International Web Archiving Workshop and Digital

To be held in conjunction with the 9th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries

September 22-23 2005, Vienna, Austria

Following the great success of the first four International Workshops on Web Archiving, we are happy to invite you to the fifth Workshop in this series.

The workshop will provide a cross domain overview on active research and practice in all domains concerned with the acquisition, maintenance and preservation of digital objects for long-term access, with a particular focus on web archiving and studies on effective usage of this type of archives.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

-Web Archiving Projects
-Digital Archeology
-Policy and Social Issues relevant to Web Archiving
-Cyberculture Studies
-Web Metrics
-Web Publishing Models
-Crawling Technology
-Deep Web Capture
-Site Architecture Migration
-Web Indexing
-Collection Analysis

Important dates

Paper submission
June 1, 2005

Notification of acceptance
July 18, 2005

Camera-ready copy due
August 8, 2005

See more on:

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April 03, 2005

Lamb pictures

This tiny lamb, much smaller then usual, was born about 20 minutes before this picture was taken. As of this writing it has eaten, been cleaned up by it's mom - a newly naked sheep, and is sleeping curled up in the pen in the barn. We will hold these two inside for a couple of days since the baby is so small. Don't want the others to trample it.
I found this picture of one of the sets of twin lambs on my camera when I dumped out the shearing pictures. Thought I would share it with you as well. Lambs are just so cute.

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Is Podcasting catching on?

Lee Rainie and Mary Madden at PEW Internet & American Life Project think so in their Data Memo (pdf).

More than 22 million American adults own iPods or MP3 players and 29% of them have downloaded podcasts from the Web so that they could listen to audio files at a time of their choosing. That amounts to more than 6 million adults who have tried this new feature that allows internet "broadcasts" to be downloaded onto their portable listening device.

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The making of naked sheep

The sheep shearer came today. I grabbed some pictures to give you a flavor of the process. Normally this goes fairly quickly, but the shearer was saying that since it has been alternating between warm and cold temperatures of late the sheep's lanolin is thick and gooey which slows down cutting time. I took these shots in time progression, and apologize for the blur in some of them but shearers don't hold still for long. Neither do sheep being sheared actually.
Just so you know this is not a picture of demonic sheep possession, rather I had to use the flash to compensate for the bright sun flooding in through the barn windows behind the waiting animals.
When the shearing is done the shearer gathers up the wool and puts it in a huge burlap sack to take to the wool market. Wool in the US doesn't bring much cash. The shearer takes what he makes at the market and then deducts his charge for doing the work, some years we still owe him money after the sale is done.
The first naked sheep of the day.
A flock of newly naked sheep.
Note: The brown critter in the flock is not a goat. Rather she is a hair sheep, a Barbados Blackbelly. Their history is fascinating, check out the link if you are interested. Hair sheep don't get sheared, so while the whole flock are more pets/lawn mowers then farmed animals, Marvella (don't ask LOL) is totally my father-in-laws pet.

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A Learners Space...Into the Semiosphere

A new academic blog is born, check out A Learners Space...Into the Semiosphere. This is a new blog by a:

A recently qualified teacher of ICT [and an uncoming doctoral student], working in secondary education in the south of England.

I've always enjoyed learning, and reading, and writing… but had few thoughts of doing serious research...until one of the tutors on my teacher training course put this addendum at the end of my first piece of independent research (an effort that had spiralled out of all proportion and one which had truly engaged my mind for perhaps the first time in my life) in June 2003:

"Your initial interest in the potential of IWB technology has fuelled what has the potential to be an interesting PhD thesis."

I met the author last summer at the Digital Generations Conference in London. Since that time I have enjoyed the insightful emails we have exchanged. I think it will be interesting to watch as "A Learner" develops. Join me in watching this one bloom.

p.s. Check out her poster, be warned it's a large file jam packed with interesting information.

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April 02, 2005

I don't know whether to be shocked or happy?

Amazing though it may be, I've finished my reading list. I'm done reading blog lit for quals, well done until the BlogTalk books arrive. Either way, now I write. I'm so pleased to be writing again, though I do find the process frustrating...I've missed working with words in that context.

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First day of Faculty Meetings

Yesterday was my first day of faculty activities with the School of Informatics (SoI) at IUPUI. My profile is the "New Faculty Spotlight" on the main page of the School's website.

We started out the morning with a faculty meeting. I've forgotten what it is like to sit in management meetings. After 16 years of such things I'm sure I was more than ready for a break when I returned to grad school, but I found that I have missed using that part of my brain and my experience to impact my surroundings. It was interesting to listen to my colleagues and hear their perceptions of the School and the University. Also it was nice to hear the management goings-ons that make the School work on a daily basis - hiring, budget, inter-University relation, etc. I have missed being involved in my environment at that level, though I have no intention of going back into administration full-time.

Following the faculty meeting there was a faculty/staff pitch-in luncheon. It proved to be a good time to chat informally with other faculty members. As well as, experiencing the broad range of food they choice to bring for us to sample. Lots of good cooks among this group. I totally woosed-out and took a fruit tray, now that I know where the kitchen is located I can contribute something more individual and expressive next time.

After lunch I attended the Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC), on which I hope to serve. We discussed a variety of issues including the inclusion of guest speakers from the various specialties within SoI. That change can be made this fall by including the speakers in the "lab time" that is underutilized during the theory parts of the course. I will shortly be calling the faculty to volunteer to speak to the class, after the UPC Chair lets them know to expect to be asked.

All and all a very good but tiring day. I did remember how much a full-day of meetings can take out of a person.

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When new technology terms become commonplace

Moleskinerie referenced, in their post moleskine-blogged earlier this week (03/29/2005), a post from all is fair in love, and we're in love titled this is what they said to me.... and dated March 28, 2005.

i moleskine-blogged the night.

It's fairly clear that a practice or artifact has become embedded in the cultural lexicon when its name/practice is applied not only to itself but to its predecessors as well.

I remember the first time I heard a paper letter referred to as "mailing an email" and passing a note in class called "handing them an IM." "Moleskine-blogging," aka journaling or making a diary entry, is in the same vane and shows blogging is taking a more central place in the cultural conscienceness. It is unclear from the reference if the handwritten journal entry, in question, was made to them be transferred to a blog, or if the entry was to stand alone on paper.

While preparing this entry, which by the way was originally written longhand in a Moleskine, I found two earlier references to the term "moleskine-blogging" online. The first entry is found at Hacks, Blogs, Rock 'n' Roll in the entry Moleskine-Blogging (non-english) dated January 14, 2005. The term was also found in ...pickhits... post Blogging with Moleskine dated January 25, 2005.

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