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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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

Weblogs as a bridging genre

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

Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

Time until my next publication submission deadline
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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

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

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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.

May 31, 2005


This morning I downloaded a cool looking new program that has potential to be a great management tool for courses. GoBinder has organization potential for both students and faculty members. While it looks very good for any computer user, I think it's best qualities are for tablet users. Check it out if you are interested there is a 30-day trial version. p.s. It has Blackboard integration potential which would be very cool if my campus used that product.

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Don't say there is no renumeration for blogging

WOW, don't tell me there is no capital gain in blogging. I won money. LOL Life is good.

Lois: As promised in a recent post, to commemorate my 1000th inbound blog I selected at random one of the 1066 bloggers currently linking to me, and it happened to be you. Accordingly, I have a small prize for you. The prize is a set of 2004 uncirculated Canadian coins, up to the $2 'twoney'. I can send it to you in its envelope, but to do so I need a physical address to send it to. If I just send it to you c/o Indiana U, Indianapolis, will it find its way to you?

I was fascinated to read your thoughts on adolescent bloggers -- the invisible majority. This is a topic worthy of lots more discussion.
/-/ Dave

Meeting of Minds
AHA! The Discovery & Learning Centre
Author, Natural Enterprise
How to Save the World weblog

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May 30, 2005

My Picasso

From Working Notes, a cool site to make your own Mr. Picasso Head. This is me on a very bad hair day when I've also lost my glasses. LOL

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Wikipedia, one of many voices but not the only voice to which you should listen

Free Range Librarian has posted a spot on post, in my humble opinion, about Wikipedia.

Librarians are very open to all kinds of information, but when librarians recommend books, databases, websites, or other resources to patrons who are looking for specific information, we look for information we can trust. Because of this, our gardens need tending (gatekeeping, if you will). Librarians go through book collections routinely to get rid of books on, for example, East Germany, and at the website I manage, we ruthlessly purge one website for every three we add. I consider it the highest praise when a user complains about a site to say "it's not up to our usual standards." That means not only do we internally think we have standards, but our users do too.

I concur with the points made in the post, and I recommend you read the original.

Wikipedia is definitely a source I use, but I use it with open eyes. I use it because my research is often ahead of printed encyclopedias, even specialized ones. So I use Wikipedia to ground my definition of terms that are likely new to my audience. However invariably the terms are not new to me, and that is an important point. I don't use Wikipedia for totally new information so I become part of the vetting process. AND I archive every time I use the citation so I have a copy of the text I envisioned when I choice to make the reference. I also include the date of access with the citation so it's as clear as I can make it to which version I am referring. If need be I can always include the relevant sections of the definition in a note to further add to the stability of the reference. Therefore I become the editor on some levels.

I have been surprised by the struggle surrounding the concept of the "editor." In my world editors are neither good or bad, they just exist. Having one does often increases the consistency of the entries across a volume - tone, language use, tense, etc. - be it an edited book or a journal or newspaper or an encyclopedia. But having an editor doesn't necessarily mean the information is more accurate; the biggest newspaper/magazine debacles where stories were falsified have happened with editors and when we moved in our house contained an old edition of Encyclopedia Britannica that listed the county seat of my county incorrectly and that too had editors.

Likewise not having an editor doesn't "improve" the quality of the information. Yes an editor can impose a personal frame on information but if removing the editor improves that than the writer would have to be bias-free to begin with and that just isn't how the world works. We all have biases, we just hope that many of us are on the look out for our own and try to find neutral territory before we write.

Of course academic research on Wikipedia has shown that some features of their "free" entries mirror their paper-based relatives. See:

Emigh, W., and Herring, S. C. (2005). Collaborative authoring on the Web: A genre analysis of online encyclopedias. Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38). Los Alamitos: IEEE Press.


This paper presents the results of a genre analysis of two web-based collaborative authoring environments, Wikipedia and Everything2, both of which are intended as repositories of encyclopedic knowledge and are open to contributions from the public. Using corpus linguistic methods and factor analysis of word counts for features of formality and informality, we show that the greater the degree of post-production editorial control afforded by the system, the more formal and standardized the language of the collaboratively-authored documents becomes, analogous to that found in traditional print encyclopedias. Paradoxically, users who faithfully appropriate such systems create homogeneous entries, at odds with the goal of open-access authoring environments to create diverse content. The findings shed light on how users, acting through mechanisms provided by the system, can shape (or not) features of content in particular ways. We conclude by identifying sub-genres of webbased collaborative authoring environments based on their technical affordances.

I expect I will continue to turn to Wikipedia for information but only in conjunction with other sources. Of course that is what we want anyway isn't it...multiple sources compared and contrasted?

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May 29, 2005

Blogging at ICA

Is anyone blogging the International Communication Association Conference in New York?

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New Joss Whedon Movie

I am an unabashed Joss Whedon fan. And believe me this surprises no one more then me. You see when the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was released in 1992 I saw the promos and thought "just what we need a comedy horror movie that parodies stupid high school movies and adds vampires." p.s. the movie was mostly billed as a Luke Perry film which made the whole thing even weirder. Needless to say I have never seen the film.

Then when the TV show of the same name premiered I thought, "Gezzz TV sucks." Boy was I wrong. Sometime in the second season I actually watched the show and totally fell in love. The writing is amazing...quick, quirky, believable, and entertaining. So I watched the series, when I could since it was on WB and UPN which are not always available, until it ended in 2003.

And I also watched Angel from the beginning of the series until to was canceled. I watched it too for the writing.

So today I decided to do a little internet searching and see what Whedon is writing now. So of course I am reminded of the series Firefly which I have never seen since it was not broadcast on a channel my non-cable house can't receive. And now I see there is to be a Firefly movie, Serenity out this fall. This is a big budget movie from Universal. Should be interesting to see what Whedon can do with a big budget and a, at least partially, ready made fan base. Check out the trailer and the movie site, click on the film name above. Oh and mark your calendar for September. If Whedon wrote it it is bound to be a fun time at the movies.

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Danica Patrick could win the Indy 500, but oh what they say about her

Today is the running of the 89th Indianapolis 500 and today for the first time a women, Danica Patrick, has a really serious chance of winning. I think it would be marvelous if she won, my fingers are certainly crossed for her. However I will warn you that if she does win the OM and blogs are going to be taking about the following for the next few days. Danica, a tiny [girl/women] attractive [women/girl], will be in the lead of many story.

Sadly even her own "official website," opens with the words:

danica patrick, this attractive 5-foot-1, 100-pound woman, battles in a man's world with amazing success, and shows the determination to become one of the nation's brightest sports stars.

Come on is this a beauty contest or a wheels & muscle race? Of course you can go too far the other direction as well. I wonder where is the happy median? Check out Tough, Winding Road Prepared Patrick For Indy 500 Debut and the quote below to see a version of going to far the other way.

While most teen-age girls spent their adolescence kibitzing with their girlfriends over clothes, cosmetics and each other while scheming to get attention from the boys, Danica has been going the opposite direction: trying to fit in as one of the boys, just a racer like them, under her driver's helmet.

I do hope she wins she has worked hard for it and acknowledges that she is standing on the shoulders of the three amazing women who came before her - Janet Guthrie (who drove to her best finish at Indy with a broken wrist she hid from everyone - which means she basically drove one-armed), Lyn St. James, and Sarah Fisher (who dealt with the same kind of looks/ability hype that now surrounds Patrick).

I know that the first female winner will have a long road to trudge dealing with the "women race driver" vs. "race driver" concept. I wish that women well and will be pulling for her. But I have to admit that I am waiting for the day when the field is leveled and we talk about abilities more then looks for either sex. I sure hope I live to see it.

Patrick finished fourth. The highest finish ever by a female race driver at Indy. EXCELLENT! You go girl!

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May Advisory Committee Report

Another month rolls to an end so another Advisory Committee Report is prepared.

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May 27, 2005

Bursty blog bubbles floating free

USA Today has an interesting story on the future of blogging. Read the whole thing before you make up your mind on the author's motives. There is some good stuff buried in this tongue-in-cheek rant. Check out Once blogs 'change everything,' fascination with them will chill

These days, the hype about blogs is off the charts.

And you know what that usually means: Run for cover, because a bubble is going to burst and make a big mess.

Just about everybody is either celebrating blogs or worrying about blogs, which are essentially online journals.

A couple of weeks ago, BusinessWeek ran a cover story titled, "Blogs will change your business," in which the magazine likened blogs to the invention of the printing press.

About the same time, Europeans flocked to a conference called Les Blogs, which took place in Paris, where the people who write blogs are known as blogeurs.

Have I not heard of the Les Blogs Conference only because I don't speak french? Maybe, maybe not. Did anyone out there "flock" to this conference?

Personally my favorite part is the parody of Monty Python, a PC choice since the Broadway show based on their work is sure to win a few Tony's this weekend.

Man: Well, what've you got?

Waitress: Well, there's egg and blogs; egg, bacon and blogs; blogs, blogs, egg, blogs, blogs, bacon and blogs; blogs, sausage, blogs, blogs, bacon, blogs, tomato and blogs ...

Wife: Have you got anything without blogs?

Wife: I don't want ANY blogs!

Man: Why can't she have blogs, bacon, blogs and sausage?

Man: Shh, dear, don't cause a fuss. I'll have your blogs. I love them. I'm having blogs blogs blogs blogs blogs blogs blogs baked beans blogs blogs blogs and blogs!

Vikings (singing): Blogs blogs blogs blogs. Lovely blogs! Wonderful blogs!

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May 25, 2005

BlogTalks 2003

I've spent the last couple of days reading and taking notes on the first BlogTalks book. Now I get to enter all my notes and the abstracts, for chapters that have them, into Reference Manager. I'm planning on doing updates for the bibliographies next month, assuming everything works out it takes time to clean the data and format it for upload.

But in case you don't have it here are the chapter citations for the 2003 book.

Avram, Gabriela (2003). DIGLIT - a k-log for documenting a project on digital literacy. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 239-246). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Blood, Rebecca (2003). Waging peace: Using our powers for good. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 12-19). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Burg, Thomas N. (2003a). Introduction and definition. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 9-11). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Burg, Thomas N. (2003c). Preface. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 7-8). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Burg, Thomas N. (2003b). MonsterMedia - monstrosity in the face of weblogs. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 83-100). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Cattoire, Gilbert (2003). From co-existence to conviviality: A leap into direct reality. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 247-248). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Cayzer, Steve & Shabajee, Paul (2003). Semantic blogging and bibliography management. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 101-108). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Copeland, Harry (2003). Blogging's unique advertising metrics: Passion and hubness. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 20-31). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Cywinska-Milonas, Maria (2003). Polish blogs are C-logs. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 149-157). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Efimova, Lilia (2003). Blogs: The stickiness factor. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 109-125). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Eismann, Ethan & Hodder, Mary (2003). Topic weblogs and sustainable knowledge production: Learning from the blPlog. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 126-148). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Fiedler, Sebastian (2003). Personal webpublishing as a reflective conversational tool for self-organized learning. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 190-216). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Hayes, John (2003). Analysing weblog generational knowledge. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 51-59). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Jerz, Dennis G. (2003). (Meme)X marks the spot: Theorizing metablogging via "Meme". In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 67-82). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Kulikauskas, Andrius (2003). The algebra of copyright. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 60-66). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Orihuela, Jose Luis (2003). Blogging and the eCommunication paradigms: 10 principles of the new media scenario. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 255-262). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Roll, Martin (2003). Business weblogs - A pragmatic approach to introducing weblogs in medium and large Enterprises. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 32-50). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Tricas, Fernando, Ruiz, Victor, & Merelo, Juan J. (2003). Do we live in a small world? Measuring the Spanish-speaking blogosphere. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 158-173). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Tscherteu, Gernot & Langreiter, Christian (2003). The BlogosphereMap. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 174-189). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

van Stipriaan, Ulrich (2003). In and Out - Communicating the needs of civil engineers. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 249-254). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

Wrede, Oliver (2003). Weblogs and discourse - weblogs as a transformational technology for higher education and academic research. In Thomas N. Burg (Ed.), BlogTalks: First European Conference on Weblogs (pp. 217-238). Vienna: Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliche Forschung und Dienstleistung.

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May 24, 2005

CFP - Perspectives on Childhood in Illustration and Imagery

Open to View: Popular Fiction and Visual Narrative. 19th-20th November 2005.
Association for Research in Popular Fictions (ARPF). Dean Walters Building, Liverpool John Moores University.

Papers are welcome, for this strand of the conference, on perspectives of childhood in illustration and imagery, or illustrated texts for children and young adults.

All papers on the topic of childhood (for example, girlhood, boyhood, young adulthood) will be considered. However, papers addressing the following themes and issues will be especially welcome.

Texts about children and young adults, for example:

The child in advertising, TV, film, fine art, photography.
              Concepts and constructions of the child (e.g. the Romantic Child, violence and the child,
              nostalgia, ethnicity, diversity)
              Historical viewpoints on childhood
              Common themes surrounding childhood e.g. the family, school, peers, the child's
              relationship with the media

Texts produced and marketed for (or appropriated by) children and young adults, for example:
              Picture books, video games, toys, information books, comics and graphic novels
              Ideologies surrounding the child
                  Message and medium
                  How texts work (eg interplay between words and pictures in picture books)
                Perspectives on the implied child reader

Issues to do with teaching and learning: challenges and issues when teaching
Childhood in illustration and Imagery to students at undergraduate level, for example:

              Teaching visual literacy to non-specialists
              Introducing students to historical representations of childhood
              Helping students to perceive varying views of the child
              Supporting students in interdisciplinary study

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Dr. Mel Gibson at:
[email protected] or by post to Dr. Mel Gibson, Northumbria University,
Childhood and Family Studies, Coach Lane campus (East), Coach Lane, Benton,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7XA by 1st September 2005.

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May 23, 2005

Are Bloggers Setting the Agenda? It Depends on the Scandal

Interesting article in the New York Times Technology section, Are Bloggers Setting the Agenda? It Depends on the Scandal [registration required try Bug Me Not to "Bypass Compulsory Web Registration"]. The article comments on the recent PEW Internet and American Life Report The Internet and Campaign 2004. I think this an important study to read particularly since some sites online have been diss-ing the report for its blog sample size and methodology.

In the spring of 1712, the British essayist Joseph Addison rambled from pub to parlor seeking the pulse of his countrymen regarding rumors (false, it turned out) that the king of France, Louis XIV, had died. The St. James coffeehouse, Addison reported in The Spectator, was "in a Buzz of Politics."

In the 18th century, "buzz" was part of what social theorists called the emerging - and powerful - bourgeois public sphere. In the 21st century, the buzz is in the blogosphere.

Or at least, that's the popular mythology. As a result of their influence in incidents like the "60 Minutes" episode in which CBS was duped by forged documents related to the president's National Guard service, bloggers have taken on the role of agenda-setters - citizen scribe-warriors wresting power from a mainstream media grown fat and lazy.

But according to a preliminary study - the first rigorous look at the influence wielded by political blogs during the 2004 presidential campaign - bloggers are not always the kingmakers that pundits sometimes credit them with being. They can, it seems, exert a tremendous amount of influence - generate buzz, that is - but only under certain circumstances.

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Information Overload

I have entirely to many newsfeeds on my RSS reader. When I am greeted on a daily basis with over 400 unread posts it is clear that I need to do some spring cleaning. Last week I brought the sidebar up to date and in the next couple of weeks I will be going through my reader and deleting feeds that aren't as useful that they once were or as I thought they would be.  Then I will be weeding the sidebar to match my readers list.

If your blog is removed believe me it is nothing personal, I'm just trying to hold the load to reading roughly 200 posts per day. That's enough. Especially since I will have two classes worth of blogs to read this fall semester.

Meta discussion of the blog itselfTotally Academic

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AoIR Graduate Student Representative

Ok well it's Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Officer election time again. In 2001 I nominated myself for Graduate Student Representative and then didn't follow through with a "position statement" and I figured that lack would remove me from the ballot. I was wrong. LOL Wrong but unelected, which of course was a good thing. In 2003 I nominated myself and followed through on all of the discussion posted on the Election Forum, and was not elected. LOL They voted for the one that talked the least. Go figure.

So I had decided that two runs for an office was enough for me. Particularly since I am working on quals, have the fellowship next year, and I can see dissertation ahead. LOL But this year someone nominated me, I have an idea who and I sincerely hope they out themselves during the forum discussion.

When Matt Allen sent me the email asking me if I would accept the nomination I took a couple of days to think about it before I answered. What I found was the negatives are still the negative...I'm very busy, and I still think it's potentially pathetic to run three times in succession for the same office. But a few things have changed in the last two year: 1) I feel much more confident in my abilities then I did 2 years ago (getting outside the School with publications and presentations has helped greatly), 2) someone else thinks I would be a good choice for the position, and 3) I still have ideas for things that could be done as Graduate Student Representative that have not been done - real things, good things, things I think would be cool.

In short I agreed to run. I may have taken leave of my senses but then again there is significant precedent for that as well. LOL So if you are an AoIR member, and if you read this blog you should be, I'm asking for your vote in the upcoming election. If you aren't an AoIR member fork over your $30 bucks (Student Membership) and join, because I want you to be a member of one of the best professional organizations for academic researchers I have run across and want I your vote.

You can watch the discussion leading up to the elections at the Graduate Student Forum. Also check out the other election discussions at the 2005 Elections Forums.

Oh and remember to vote early and often. LOL

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Ultimate Blogger

My goal for the contest had been to make it into the final six, I missed it by one. Two of us were supposed to be eliminated today but the system is down so I can't be sure who the other was - my email mentioned only my name. I have a strong suspicion that Medya may have joined me on the outcast list but will have to wait for confirmation on that one.

I have lots of observations about the contest as a whole and the participants but I will save those for later as I have no desire to impact the out come of their game.

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May 21, 2005

Reprocessing Star Wars

Hubby and I went to see the new Star Wars flick Revenge of the Sith last night. Then I spent a couple of hours this morning writing a brilliant rant about the differences between the world of 1977 when I, at 18 and on my own for the first time, saw the original and the 2005 world I now inhabit. AND THEN my computer locked up and I lost it all. Some days technology just sucks...pure unadulterated suckiness. *sigh*

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May 19, 2005

CFP: Race and Kids Culture (7/1/05; journal issue)

Essays are sought for a special issue of Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies on Race and Kids Culture. The special issue will speak to a set of shared concerns. As corporations increasingly structure and media almost entirely saturate the lives of children, scholars and social critics have rightly begun to explore the articulations of power, culture, and identity. Inspired particularly by the emergent field of cultural studies and informed by the post-marxist, feminist, and post-structural frameworks, they have interpreted the ways in which toys, games, movies, television, music, and literature educate, imprint, and otherwise interpolate them to embrace normative values and institutions. Surprisingly, race has received relatively little attention. In fact, outside of studies of schools, the racial identities and ideologies animating kids culture have been granted limited attention. This special issue seeks to redress this oversight.

Specifically, it examines the production of race in kids (popular) culture. Each contribution unpacks the entanglements of racialization and socialization in and through critical readings of popular texts. Presently, participants examine a range of topics including children's books on the internment of Japanese Americans, Bratz Dolls and the browning of America, the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in recent animated films, video games as (post)modern minsterly, and white nationalist websites aimed at children.

Completed essays would be due to me early next year, running ideally 20-30 pages in length.

Interested individuals should send either an abstract or complete manuscript along with a brief cv to C. Richard King [email protected] no later than 1 July 2005.

C. Richard King
Associate Professor
Comparative Ethnic Studies
Washington State University

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May 18, 2005

What U.S. city is best for you?

A meme for your consideration. This one is rolling around and I have seen it several places in the last 24 hours. Thought it might be interesting for this decidedly non-city girl to take the test. Good thing it at least got the best state right. LOL Though left to my own devices I wouldn't head for Honolulu as a place to visit from another island yes but not to live there. Give me Hawi or the Hilo area any day.

American Cities That Best Fit You:

95% Honolulu
70% Seattle
65% Atlanta
65% Portland
60% Austin
Which American Cities Best Fit You?

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May 15, 2005 finalizing the sale

Looks like found a buyer. to be sold, user data to be transferred (entry dated May 14 2:55pm). This is not a persistent post.

i am in the final stages of completing a sale of to a new owner, and expect to hand over the site, along with the user data, sometime on or after june 13, 2005. so as spelled out in the privacy policy, this is your opportunity to have your account deleted before this transfer happens. you can delete your account by going to, or by sending an email to [email protected] i'm sorry i can't yet say who it is that will be acquiring, but i can pass on the assurance that there will be no change in the privacy policy when they acquire the service and registered users will be given the opportunity to consent to any future change. they plan to continue providing the same features that exist now, and will be working on making even better. the new owners will be in touch shortly after they've taken over the service next month.

Should be interesting.

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Sidebar changes

I did some work on the sidebar this morning. New blogs, music, and academic paper links were added.  I also deleted a few old blogs that are dead or that I have lost interest in.

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May 14, 2005

This has been an insanely busy week

This week has been crazy and I think after this afternoon's meeting I'm going to hit the wall for a day or two. Well hit and just stick there I guess while I write, write, write; since sleep is out of the question.

Here's the overview:

Next week is much quieter so I sincerely hope to get my chapter edited and to get notes, etc. posted from the conference. *crossing my fingers* Let's hope.

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May 11, 2005

Wikipedia the 2nd most visited reference page on the web...WOW

From ClickZ Stats, Wikipedia's Popularity and Traffic Soar:

Open source Wikipedia has become the second-most visited reference site on the Web. That's according to data compiled by Hitwise.

Research conducted in mid-April finds Wikipedia hitting traffic rates of 3.84 percent, trailing closely behind the top traffic earner,, with 4.46 percent market share. Wordsmith Merriam-Webster Online maintains a steady 1.35 percent and Free Translation hovers at just below one percent.

Wikipedia edged out to claim the highest market share among encyclopedia sites. came in at 1.9 percent; Encarta wavered to 1.81 percent.

Hitwise watched Wikipedia's market share climb an astonishing 618 percent over the past year. Hitwise now also identifies the site as a news resource. Wikipedia can be freely updated by readers by means of a wiki (define).

"We have been keeping an eye on Wikipedia because it looks like a way for consumers to get news and reference on the Web," Bill Tancer, vice president of research for Hitwise, told ClickZ Stats. "Wikipedia [traffic] was up there with big news organizations during the tsunami."

Wikipedia contains 536,246 ongoing articles spanning 1,540,695 pages, all maintained by the site's users. Hitwise found Wikipedia's audience evenly split between male and females. Young adults age 18 to 24 are 50 percent more likely to visit the site.

Wonder how many times Wikipedia has been cited in academic articles? I know I see is used quite a lot. That might be an interesting bibliometric analysis...if one is into webometrics that is.

The actual article page has a cool graphic with distinct upward trends, check out the page to take a look.

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May 10, 2005

How the times has changed computer security

It is amazing how times change. When I read Internet Attack Called Broad and Long Lasting by Investigators this morning I was reminded of an incident that happened about 10 years ago. I was working at a military base at the time. I was looking for a file on my intra-networked computer using the Norton search utility...I know some of the language in the file but couldn't remember the name of said file. So I plugged in string with a couple of unique words. As the program began to search text of files was scrolling on my screen. Next thing I know the program is searching the intranet and lists of people's personal information with passwords is rolling up my screen. Well of course I stopped the program once I realized it was giving me access to private and potentially secure information.

Once I had the whole thing stopped and could catch my breath I called the IT security folks to let them know they had a problem. You know what they told me..."No big deal who would want usernames and passwords anyway? They couldn't use them for anything." I was amazed and appalled. I remember writing a note to myself on the incident and putting into my general info file in case I ever needed it to cover my tracks. Still amazes me to think that people who set up the system didn't care about the systems security.

An excerpt from the article:

The crucial element in the password thefts that provided access at Cisco and elsewhere was the intruder's use of a corrupted version of a standard software program, SSH. The program is used in many computer research centers for a variety of tasks, ranging from administration of remote computers to data transfer over the Internet.

The intruder probed computers for vulnerabilities that allowed the installation of the corrupted program, known as a Trojan horse, in place of the legitimate program.

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May 09, 2005

A list of online resources for academic researchers

Terri Senft has a great list of links to writing resources including lecture notes on a variety of cultural studies and feminist theory at Tis the Season to Write Papers. This is diverse list so I strongly suggest you look at what is available. I will be bookmarking it for future use.

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The National Library of Australia is archiving blogs

Moeller & Rupp (2005) suggested we would see it happen, and according to The Blog Herald it has. Australian Library deems TSSH "Nationally Significant":

If only we had a strange but true category this would fit the bill.

The National Library of Australia (NLA), the taxpayer funded monolith on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, has deemed that underdog Australian humour/ entertainment blog The Spin Starts Here, best known to Blog Herald readers for attempting to crucify Australian singer Delta Godrem, as a blog of "national significance" and has requested rights to archive the blog for all perpetuity.

What the people of the 22nd century will make of it all would be interesting, if we all actually lived that long to find out.

How many tax payer dollars are going in to archive the blog were not made clear, however TSSH editor Caz described the NLA as "Poor, deluded fools" and went on to question the decision asking "[what] the f*ck".

The decision follows the recent inclusion of other Australian bloggers including Tim Blair to the national archives.

(ed note: congrats to Caz and friends)

Reference List:

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

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May 07, 2005

New JCMC edition

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Volume 10, Issue 3, April 2005

Online Infidelity: Aspects of Dyadic Satisfaction, Self-Disclosure and Narcissism
- Ilan Aviram & Yair Amichai-Hamburger

Email as a Speed-Facilitating Device: A Contribution to the Reduced-Cues Perspective on Communication
- Massimo Bertacco & Antonella Deponte

The Influence of Synchrony and Sensory Modality on the Person Perception Process in Computer-Mediated Groups
- Kristine Nowak, James Watt & Joseph B. Walther

The Impact of Synchronicity and Civility in Online Political Discussions on Perceptions and Intentions to Participate
- Elaine W. J. Ng & Benjamin H. Detenber

Effects of Campaign-to-User and Text-Based Interactivity in Political Candidate Campaign Websites
- Barbara Warnick, Michael Xenos, Danielle Endres & John Gastil

Dimensions of Interactivity: Differential Effects of Social and Psychological Factors
- Dongyoung Sohn & Byung-Kwan Lee

Expanding Hypertext: Does It Address Disorientation? Depends on Individuals' Adventurousness
- Moon J. Lee

An Exploration into Facilitating Higher Levels of Learning in a Text-Based Internet Learning Environment Using Diverse Instructional Strategies
- Heather Kanuka

"He Will Crush You Like an Academic Ninja!" Exploring Teacher Ratings on
- Jeannette Kindred

Exploring Web Usage and Selection Criteria Among Male and Female Students
- Ananda Mitra, Jennifer Willyard, Carrie Anne Platt & Michael Parsons

Researching Internet-Based Populations: Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Survey Research, Online Questionnaire Authoring Software Packages, and Web Survey Services
- Kevin B. Wright

Bloggers' Expectations of Privacy and Accountability: An Initial Survey
- Fernanda B. Viegas

The Journalist Behind the Curtain: Participatory Functions on the Internet and their Impact on Perceptions of the Work of Journalism
- Wilson Lowrey & William Anderson

From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Virtual Community Discourse and the Dilemma of Modernity
- Sorin Adam Matei

Research Brief:

Hyperlink Obsolescence in Scholarly Online Journals
- James Ho

(with responses from the editors of the Journal of Interactive
Media in Education and the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication)

JCMC is an open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Read
articles from this issue and previous issues on the Web at:

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May 05, 2005

Digital Generations chapter resubmitted


I resubmitted my Digital Generations book chapter just now, with a fulfilling click of the button. I won't be posting this version online yet, but if you would like a copy please drop me an email and I will send you a copy of the draft. Title = "Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience."  I'm not linguistically creative enough to change the titles with each revision. Or maybe it's just that I get the title in my head and don't know how to convert it to something new. LOL

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Rhonda J. Meyer

Yesterday morning my neighbor died from breast cancer. She was diagnosed 2.5 years ago and has undergone a variety of treatments to try to stop the progress of this particularly aggressive form of the disease.

I hesitate to say she "lost her battle with breast cancer" because in truth she won, at least in part. Her original diagnosis was that she had about 6 months, which obviously she was able to extend considerably. Besides there is no winning against death, it comes for us all eventually. I just wish Rhonda's eventually had been much further in the future.

My heart goes out to her family and close friends.

From The Republic Obituary:

Rhonda J. Meyer, 48, of Elizabethtown died at 4 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at her home.

Mrs. Meyer was a former employee of Flowers From the Woods, Tovey Shoes and Columbus Security. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband; her parents, of Columbus; a daughter, Miranda Gill of Seymour; a son, Aaron Gill of Columbus; a stepdaughter, Kendra Meyer of Columbus; a stepson, Brian Meyer of Columbus; a grandson, Braydon Gill of Columbus; and brothers, Kenneth Marshall of Indianapolis and Tom Benson of Columbus.

If you are a woman please do regular self exams and get mammograms on the appropriate schedule.  If you have women you care about, please stress to them the importance of these steps. Early diagnosis is the best for effective treatment.  For more information check out the Susan G Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Teens say that private means private

Via The Blog Herald, TMC net posted the following story:

Forget instant messaging and chat rooms, the coolest thing on the Internet are Web logs, or blogs. According to new research by AOL RED's service for teens, a surprising eighty four percent of teens said they would not be willing to share their blog with just anyone on the open web.

I haven't found the original source of the information so I'm a bit reluctant to add it to my Reference Manager. But it is interesting. If anyone runs across the original please send me the citation.

David Brake posted a great observation about this information titled Teens and privacy, for some reason trackback - an imperfect technology at best - didn't take so here is the post:

Lois Ann Scheidt - a fellow blog researcher - draws attention to recent AOL research which says, "a surprising eighty four percent of teens said they would not be willing to share their blog with just anyone on the open web". I suspect that there is a big difference between what teens say if asked and what many of them do. Certainly there is plenty of evidence of very open blogging of sensitive information online even when privacy tools are available (eg using Livejournal). Our recent report on children and Internet use highlights some differences between what kids do, what they say they do and what they tell their parents they do.

If you haven't checked out David's blog I highly recommend it.

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May 04, 2005

WOW does connection speed vary

I have tracked connection speed for my satellite system before, but the total was always an aggregate. Today I found Windows Users Group Network and their bandwidth speed test which gives both upload and download times in Kbps. Here is the clip of my test from this morning.

When I checked it later in the day, my upload speed was 11.5 Kbps and download was 923 Kbps. No wonder VPN's and my service provider don't mix well. *sigh* I certainly hope the new system creates a more even equation between the two speeds. Having a slower rate for upload then I had on my 28.8 land line connection is disgusting, especially considering what this service costs.

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CFP - Cyberspace 2005 Conference


Brno, Czech Republic
November 7–8, 2005

organized by Faculty of Law in cooperation with School of Social Studies Masaryk University

Paper abstracts are solicited for submission to the following workshops of III. International Conference Cyberspace 2005:

1) e-government, e-justice (chaired by JUDr. Danuse Spacilova)
2) philosophy and sociology of cyberspace (chaired by Mgr. et Mgr. Martin Skop, Ph.D.)
3) psychology and internet (chaired by PhDr. David Smahel, Ph.D.)
4) law in cyberspace (chaired by JUDr. Radim Polcak)
5) crime and security in cyberspace (chaired by prof. ing. Vladimir Smejkal, CSc.)
6) regulatory framework of electronic communications (chaired by RNDr. Bohumir Stedron, CSc.)

Authors of accepted papers will be asked to present them and/or to make them available for publication in conference proceedings. Authors of accepted papers will be provided with free accommodation, conference meals and admission to all conference events. All accepted papers will be peer refereed.  Each submission requires author names, affiliations, addresses and e-mail addresses, the applicable topic and paper abstract. For papers with more than one author, indicate which author will serve as the point of contact.

Important dates

Abstracts submission due: May 31, 2005
Notice on acceptance due: June 30, 2005
Accepted papers due:                      August 31, 2005
Peer reference due:                September 31, 2005
Camera-ready papers, visuals due: October 20, 2005
Final proceedings contributions due: November 30, 2005

Abstract formal requirements
Language: English, Czech, Slovak
Range: max. 1.500 characters
Format: any common text format (.doc, .rtf, .txt)
Media: mail to [email protected]

Address: Masaryk University in Brno
Faculty of Law
Department of Legal Theory
Veveøí 70
611 80 Brno, Czech Rep.
Phone: +420–549–496–445
Central address: [email protected]

Organizational board
JUDr. Radim Polèák, general chair
prof. ing. Vladimír Smejkal, CSc. associate chair
PhDr. David Šmahel, Ph.D. associate chair
JUDr. Danuše Spáèilová organizational chair
doc. JUDr. Vìra Kalvodová, CSc. academic chair
Mgr. et Mgr. Martin Škop, Ph.D. publication chair
Mgr. Jakub Macek publicity chair

Programme Committee
PhDr. Jan Èinèera, Ph.D. (Liberec, CZ); prof. Dr. Ludwig Gramlich (Chemnitz, D); prof. JUDr. Jan Hurdík, CSc. (Brno, CZ); prof. JUDr. Dalibor Jílek, CSc. (Brno, CZ); doc. JUDr. Vìra Kalvodová, CSc. (Brno, CZ); JUDr. Radim Polèák (Brno, CZ); prof. ing. Vladimír Smejkal, CSc. (Praha, CZ); JUDr. Danuše Spáèilová (Brno, CZ); Dr. Dan Svantesson, Ph.D. (Gold Coast, Aus); PhDr. David Šmahel, Ph.D. (Brno, CZ); Mgr. et Mgr. Martin Škop, Ph.D. (Brno, CZ); RNDr. Bohumír Štìdroò, CSc. (Praha, CZ); prof. JUDr. Ivo Telec, CSc. (Brno, CZ); JUDr. Zdenìk Vaníèek (Praha, CZ); Dr. Irini Vassilaki, PD Dr. (Feldafing, D); doc. PhDr. Zbynìk Vybíral, CSc. (Brno, CZ); prof. Dr. Andreas Wiebe, LL.M. (Wien, A)

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Geeky goodness

From that's how it happened:

Top 50 Geek T-shirts somehow omits There's no place like so beloved of some.

From this list my personal fav is - Computers make very fast, very accurate mistakes. Though Why doesn't DOS ever say "EXCELLENT command or filename!" is a close second.

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Second-person narration

More thoughts for Lilia on second-person narration. I think second-person is the voice of the instructor, so it many be an occupational hazard for professors. Second-person has a very process sound.  Example:

First you boot up the computer. Then you open a browser window. Now once that window is available open Google.

Oh dear it's the voice of the teacher or the drill instructor. OUCH!

Or the voice of the salesperson, which is probably how Lilia was using it in her email. "You will love this toaster. It toasts, it roasts, it browns... When you get it home it will do the job of five appliances."

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May 03, 2005

Narration and point of view

Lilia at Mathemagenic posted:

Was writing email answering questions about blogging and realised that I often do a trick. When I write about my own experiences I often start with I ("I blog because it's fun"), but somehow in between I switch to talking about you ("when you start blogging you often discover how fun it is").

After reading her words I had to go back and re-edit my Ultimate Blogger entry because I too had changed point of view in the middle of my essay, moving from first-person major to second-person. Later while making changes to my DG chapter, adding description on - among other things - the narrators perspective in each example, I ran across this quote:

Although earlier we stated that there are primarily four points of view from which a story may be seen and told [first-person major character, first-person minor character, third-person omniscient, and third-person observer], we now must add one additional point of view. The second-person point of view is rare, but is becoming more and more prevalent, especially in contemporary, postmodern literature. In second-person stories, the narrator uses the pronoun "you," and seems directly to address the reader. We are apparently invited to become part of the work, to become more actively involved in the creation of the events than in first- or third-person texts. But who is the "you"? The difficulty and complexity offered by these stories involves the identification of this slippery "you." ...the pronoun "you," has many referents. Is the "you" the reader? Could the "you" be the narrator? Could the "you" be the author Is the "you" some character in the story? The answer varies depending on the work (Yordon, 1999, p. 171).

So from a Goffmanian perspective are we as authors inviting our audience into our performance as narrators or are we addressing our fractured selves as author to narrator or visa versa? Personally it's the former...I get so tired of typing "I" in first-person stories it begins to feel so narcissistic. So I switch to you for the general parts of the story, the parts that would be roughly the same had they been preformed by any member of the general public. Though the switch in point of view can be jarring and I really shouldn't do it. Pick one point of view and stick with it. *S*

Reference List

Yordon, Judy E. (1999). Roles in Interpretation. (4th ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill College.

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May 02, 2005

Blog post genre - Personal Essay

This afternoon I finalized my annual Student Progress Report, well mostly finalized since I'm waiting for Elijah to post a couple of abstracts to the BROG blog. But it's ok since he will need them for his report as well. Collaboration is great in that helping the other while helping themselves.

I also spent a couple of hours today working on the first Ultimate Blogger challenge. We are to blog about food - text, pictures, what have you. The deadline is midnight Tuesday, which I take to mean 11:59 pm rather then 12:00 am. My entry is finished though I will undoubtedly tweak it between now and submission.

As I wrote, I thought about a blogging issue that has followed me from BROG's first research project that lead to Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. We had much discussion on Blood's (2002) genre category of "notebook" which she defines as:

Sometimes personal, sometimes focused on the outside world, notebooks are distinguished from blogs by their longer pieces of focused content. Personal entries are sometimes in the form of a story. Some notebooks are designed as a space for public contemplation: Entries may contain links to primary material, but the weblogger's ruminations are front and center. Shorter than an essay, longer then the blog-style blurt, these sites are noted for writing that seems more edited than that of the typical blog. Both blogs and notebooks tend to focus on the weblogger's inner world or their reactions to the world around them; the links themselves play strictly a supporting role.

For our project we rejected "notebooks" as a genre, and Blood has largely backed away from the description in her recent work. But the general concept of the "notebook" type blog entry has stayed with me.

While working on my paper The Adjustment Spiral: Feedback and Calibration in Weblog Performance I was introduced more thoroughly to the work of Walter Benjamin. In particular his essay Unpacking My Library again brought forward the concept of the "notebook" blog post.

So today I sat writing for the Ultimate Blogger contest I was again thinking about genres and sub-genres of blogs and blog posts. My challenge entry on the topic of "food" runs 1,200 words and could best be classified as a Personal Essay. Though it would fall under the "diary/journal entry" genre I can easily see it fitting into a sub-genre of personal essay within that classification.

I think the personal essay form is one that while not standard in blog entries can not be called uncommon. Lopate (1994, p. xxiv), quoting from Holman and Harmon's, defines the personal essay as:

The personal characterized by "the personal element (self-revelation, individual tastes and experience, confidential manner), humor, graceful style, rambling structure, unconventionality or novelty of theme, freshness of form, freedom from stiffness and affectation, incomplete or tentative treatment of topic."

The personal essay is a subset of the informal essay, or, as A Handbook of Literature defines it, "a kind of informal essay, with an intimate style, some autobiographical content or interest, and an urbane conversational manner."

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The personal essay has an open form and a drive toward candor and self-disclosure. Unlike the formal essay, it depends less on airtight reasoning than on style and personality.

What makes this different from many diary/journal blog posts?  I would say off the top of my head - length, polish, and tone. A personal essay entry would be longer and more stylized and formal then a standard down-and-dirty blog post. They would be self contained, though linking of course would be accepted, but as Blood highlights in her notebook definition linking would be used only to support the text not to replace it.

I can tell I will be rolling this issue around as I write over the next few weeks. Let me know your thoughts as well.

Reference List:

Benjamin, Walter (1968). Unpacking my library: A talk about book collecting. In Hannah Arendt (Ed.), Illuminations (pp. 59-67). New York: Schocken.

Blood, Rebecca (2002). The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog. Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing.

Holman, C. Hugh, and William Harmon (1992). A Handbook to Literature. Sixth Edition. New York: Macmillan.

Lopate, Phillip (1994). Introduction. In Phillip Lopate (Ed.), The Art of Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present (pp. xxiii-liv). New York: Anchor Books.

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April Advisory Committee Report

Another month usual the year just flies. Here is a copy of my April Advisory Committee Report.

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May 01, 2005

Ultimate Blogger - Finalists

I'm in! Which makes me weirdly happy. Challenges and posts can be viewed, and comments made at The Ultimate Blogger.

Congratulations Lois! After another six hours of arguments with yelling and throwing pencils we finally decided on the final 12. And you are in.

We're really excited to get started, and I'm sure you are as well. Here's how it is going to work:

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[O]n Monday morning, we will post a short video entry that includes your first challenge. The entry will be due by 12:00 midnight on Tuesday.

After the entries are posted the judges will select a single winner for immunity, and then email everyone on Wednesday asking for which player should be eliminated. Votes will be due by 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The votes will be tallied and announced on Thursday morning along with the next challenge.

The results of this challenge must be posted by Friday at midnight. A winner will be chosen for immunity and we'll send out an email on Saturday, asking for your votes of who will be eliminated. Votes will be due by 9:00 p.m. Saturday. The votes will be tallied and announced on Monday morning with the next challenge.

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Congratulations again, you are one of the top 12 out of over 300 applications!

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Reading notes #2 - Interpreting Women's Lives

More reading notes, this time on the impact of women's personal narrative and "truth".

Even in out world of printed facts and impersonal mass media, we consciously and unconsciously absorb knowledge of the world and how it works through exchanges of life stories. We constantly test reality against such stories, asserting and modifying our own perceptions in light of them. The significance of these exchanges for women in clarifying social realities and challenging hegemonic oppression has often been profound. Contemporary political movements have capitalized on life stories in their efforts to transform society and women within it. In the course of the Chinese Revolution, women came together to "speak bitterness," recounting lives of pain and persecution at the hands of patriarchal families. In the contemporary Western feminist movement, consciousness-raising groups allowed women to tall each other about their experience, doubts, and anger - without fear of judgment or punishment. And even when we are not gathered in groups for the explicit purpose of exchanging information about our lives, we do so informally all the time. These exchanges and the knowledge they impart about emotional and physical well-being, communal causes, aspiration, or power become part of our reality. They are as true as our lives (The Personal Narratives Group, 1989: 261-262).
Women's personal narratives embody and reflect the reality of difference and complexity and stress the centrality of gender in human life and thought. They are, therefore, critical to the elaboration of a more finely nuanced understanding of humanity and to a reconstruction of knowledge that admits the fact and value of difference into its definition. In other words, women's personal narratives provide immediate, diverse, and rich sources for feminist revisions of knowledge. In the face of women's life stories, the search for Truth requires truths - a symbolic as well as semantic revolution by which we both challenge and reconstruct the traditional definitions of reality (The Personal Narratives Group, 1989: 263),

Reference List

The Personal Narratives Group (1989). Truths. In Joy W. Barber, Amy Farrell, & Shirley N. Garner (Eds.), Interpreting women's Lives: Feminist Theory and Personal Narrative (pp. 261-264). Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press.

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Kitzmann's Connected Privacy

I have been reading this morning and just had to share this great section from Kitzmann, Andreas (2004). Saved from Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams. New York: Peter Lang. Quote taken from page 91. I think it starts to address the question of "how can anyone put their private thoughts online for everyone to read?" Kitmann calls it "connected privacy."

...connected privacy is a privacy composed, ordered, and defined by connections, by links between individuals, groups, families, and communities. It is a privacy whose space is permeable, thereby allowing for the direct input and inclusion of external agents. In this respect, connected privacy is the direct opposite of pure privacy, with the latter's conditions of defined isolation and secure boundaries. Yet at the same time, it is a privacy where private moments and places are possible and, in fact, desired. Connected privacy does not negate or eradicate moments of pure privacy, not does it subject everyone to constant surveillance. One can still be alone in conditions of connected privacy, yet the walls can be dropped at any moment without necessary leading to feelings of violation, exhibitionism, or disempowerment. As such, connected privacy can be characterized by a certain lack of paradox or contradiction inasmuch as the boundaries that separate the public from the private are recognized and respected but also ignored and transgressed. Thus one can experience privacy while being on a web-cam 24/7 or perceive little contradiction in the act of putting one's most intimate thoughts onto a public website such as Such a lack of paradox can be attributed in part to Poster's [2001; 1990] notion of the Internet as a "new regime of relations" in which the distinctions and conventions of previous "media regimes" are reconfigured in such a manner that frustrates the stability of already established critical and evaluative paradigms. Similarly, Aaron Ben-Ze'ev argues that the conflicts between privacy and emotional closeness and between privacy and openness are notably weaker on the web. Part of this weakness is attributed to the relative anonymity of Internet-based relationships and the ability for users to both limit public access while at the same time engaging in activities that increase emotional connections and intimacy (Ben-Ze'ev, 2003).

Reference List

Ben-Ze'ev, Aaron (July, 2003). Privacy, emotional closeness, and openness in cyberspace. Computers in Human Behavior, 19(4), 451-467

Poster, Mark (2001). What's the Matter with the Internet? Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Poster, Mark (1990). The Mode of Information: Postructuralism and Social Context. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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