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

(in press)
A Longitudinal Analysis of Weblogs: 2003-2004

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
8 December 2006 23:59:59 UTC-0500

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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My Book2
New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

July 29, 2005

OtterBoxs save digital electronic gear

I am a huge fan of OtterBoxs. Their products are amazing. Hubby and I have quite a collection, we store most all of our portable digital things in OtterBox cases of one sort or another.

I got on the OtterBox kick after having lost all of the zip disks in my backpack when I got caught in a hellishly heavy rain storm on campus about four years ago.  Water was not a good thing for the fact there was so much water that I could literally pour it out of things in my backpack. So I bought a box to hold the zip disks that replaced those that were lost.  Now that box holds my portable hard drive and the cables required to use it with my laptop.

I noticed today, after ordering an iPod case from them, that they now make a case for the Fujitsu Stylus. Now that is cool. Makes a tablet PC a bit more attractive.

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July Advisory Committee Update

One of the benefits of doing monthly Advisory Committee Updates is I get to actually layout everything, degree related, I did during the month in one place. So often if you had asked me in conversation what I did last month I would have simply said "nothing." Going through this process makes it obvious to me how much I am doing. A very good reminder to be sure.

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Do adults blog? I thought it was only teens!

Weblogg-ed has a post on Myspace Addiction.

So the bad news is that after more delays and groundings, I finally got home at about 1:30 a.m. yesterday morning. Oy. The good (?) news was that I got to sit next to 16-year old girl blogger from Seattle on the first leg of my flight and we had a really interesting talk about the state of adolescent journaling online. In a word, it seems she and her friends are "addicted" to their Myspace sites. Seems they spend more time than they should reading and commenting to each other, even though they've just seen each other at school. And she told me stories of her friends putting all sorts of private information and pictures online, even though she said she didn't do that. And it seems they're not doing a heck of a lot of blogging (v.), that most of what they do is just basically IM each other on their sites. I asked her if they used blogs at her school and she kind of chuckled. "Not really. I mean we read blogs sometimes; we use them for research." I pressed her on how that worked, but she was vague on the details. At one point I was tempted to pull out my iPod and capture the conversation digitally, but I resisted. Would have been interesting. She was smart, the kind of kid whose blog probably would have been a pretty good read.

So when I told her about the article I'd just read that said that kids are doing a lot of real writing online, she said, "Oh, I used to do that at my Live Journal site." Hmmm... Seems she wrote volumes in real sentences there. She told me, however, that even though she kept all of her posts private to just her friends, her mom found out about it when she read all the friends' posts. That was pretty much the end of that. Now this girl consciously tries to not spend too much time at Myspace, even though, she admitted, it's hard not to. She seemed surprised when I told her I was a blogger. She was also decidedly unimpressed when I told her what I blogged about. "Oh, that's cool," she said before moving on to a story about a girl whose mother found her "blog" and grounded her for a month.

So, what does this mean? I dunno. My brain is still numb from the trip. And much of this isn't news, I know. But it was an interesting hour, one that just confirmed a lot of what I (we) already knew. But here's the most telling moment, at least to me. As we were descending into Memphis, she goes "You know, I think you're the only grown up blogger I've ever met."

What a surprise...

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July 28, 2005

New posting categories

I've created three new categories for posts now that I have more capacity for such things.  They are called:  Memes...rolling along, Native American Flutes (NAF)...and the people who love them, and Software & Hardware...Oh my.  I'll be adding more categories shortly to better describe the content of the site.  Of course I'm still debating on the use of tags...we shall see on that one.  Links are also available on the left sidebar under "Categories".


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New NAF flute, F#min

Well everyone needs to make a few mistakes in purchasing handmade items. This flute is that for me. It has a lovely tone - which is the important part - and finish, but there are a few problems that I should have caught in the advert but didn't.

The following are things I noticed immediately upon playing the instrument for the first time.

- The fourth hole (from the top) is MUCH larger then the others and slightly off center.  The eBay advert did state the diameter of the holes and I should have noticed that the others are a max of .395 while this one is listed as .53, but I didn't catch that issue.  So it's my problem if I miss the nose on my face.

- The distance between the fingering holes is somewhat narrow for my fingers. The distance is listed as 1 inch over all with 1.55 inches between the third and fourth (from the top) holes. Good to know for future purchases.  *makes a mental note, 1+ inches required.*  As it is I have to modify my playing so I can fit all my fingers into the available space.

- Overall the flute is short for my stance, it's listed as 21 inches long. I think I need to stick with longer ones...hence more spacing between finger holes and from the fetish to the end, more nose room as it were.

- Oh and speaking of my hubby said when he saw the flute "May the bird of paradise fly up your nose" which would, I guess, be preferable to the darn thing backing up one's nose as this bird does.  LOL NAF fetishes seem to be interesting creatures in their own right.  Personally I prefer smaller less obtrusive things that near my face, though some of the carved ones are just gorgeous.  I do like this mockingbird even if he is to large for the flute.  Maybe I'll move him to another flute someday.

Again it has a very nice sound so I don't regret the purchase at all. As with most things in life we need to crawl a bit before we walk, or spend sizable amounts of cash in this case.

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Hacking Movable Type

Just got my copy of:

Allen, Jay, Choate, Brad, Hammersley, Ben, Haughey, Matthew, & Raynes, David (2005). Hacking Movable Type. Indianapolis IN: Wiley.

Now I'm armed and dangerous. LOL  Hopefully it will help me continue some of the improvements that have been made around here.  *S*

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CFP - ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

Found via vlog 3.0 [a blog about vogs]:

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce its new Digital Innovation Fellowship program, in support of digitally based research projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. These fellowships, created with the generous help of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project of a digital character that advances humanistic studies and best exemplifies the integration of such research with use of computing, networking, and other information technology-based tools. The online application for the fellowship program is located at; applications must be completed by November 10, 2005 (decisions to be announced in late March 2006).

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Leaving your legacy

Culture Cat this morning has a post, Linkage: mostly outrageous, but two bright spots, on the problems of orphan academic works pointing to a Chronicle article.

The good news is, today's Chronicle has an article about orphan works, which I hope will raise some awareness among scholars about the obstructive qualities of copyright. From the article (link added):
In response to the U.S. Copyright Office's request for comments, Cornell University librarians added up the money and time spent clearing copyright on 343 monographs for a digital archive of literature on agriculture. Although the library has spent $50,000 and months of staff time calling publishers, authors, and authors' heirs, it has not been able to identify the owners of 58 percent of the monographs.

"In 47 cases we were denied permission, and this was primarily because the people we contacted were unsure whether they could authorize the reproduction or not," says Peter B. Hirtle, who monitors intellectual-property issues for Cornell's libraries. "Copyright is supposed to advance the sciences and arts, and this is copyright becoming an impediment to the sciences and arts."

Restrictions on using orphan works, often imposed by risk-averse lawyers at colleges and museums, affect scholarly work in ways large and small.

As academics if we care about our legacy and future access to our work we should be assigning our copyright ourselves and then doing so with that person's knowledge and understanding of our wishes and their obligations. In essence if we have publications we never die without "property". Is the copyright law the real issue or is the problem that academics don't plan for this eventuality? From the article the answer is at best unclear.  Think about this issue when you are doing your estate planning. Even planning can't always make sure that someone can find the new copyright owner but it goes a long way toward resolving the problem without making substantive changes to a problematic law that will probably make the law more problematic.

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July 27, 2005

PEW Report released - Teens and Technology: Youth are leading the transition to a fully wired and mobile nation

The press release for the report and links follow. I'm very pleased to have received an acknowledgment in the report for assisting "with and feedback on the survey instrument for the telephone survey associated with the report" I was and am happy to help.

Teens Forge Forward with the Internet and Other New Technologies

The number of teenagers using the internet has grown 24% in the past four years and 87% of those between the ages of 12 and 17 are online.  Compared to four years ago, teens' use of the internet has intensified and broadened as they log on more often and do more things when they are

Among other things, there has been significant growth over the past four years in the number of teens who play games on the internet, get news, shop online, and get health information.

In short, today's American teens live in a world enveloped by communications technologies; the internet and cell phones have become a central force that fuels the rhythm of daily life.

These are some of the highlights of a new report, "Teens and Technology," issued by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, based on a November 2004 survey of 1,100 youth between the ages of 12 and 17 and their parents:

*About 21 million teens use the internet and half of them say they go online every day.
*51% of online teens live in homes with broadband connections.
*81% of wired teens play games online, which is 52% higher than four years ago.
*76% of online teens get news online, which is 38% higher than four years ago.
*43% have made purchases online, which is 71% higher than four years ago.
*31% use the internet to get health information, which is 47% higher than four years ago.

Not only has the number of users increased, but also the variety of technologies that teens use to support their communication, research, and entertainment desires has grown.  When asked about their individual ownership of networked devices such as desktop and laptop computers, cell phones, and blackberries, 84% of teens reported owning at least one of these devices. Some 45% of teens have their own cells phones and many own several devices that can connect to the internet.

"Increasing numbers of teenagers live in a world of nearly ubiquitous computing and communication technologies that they can access at will,"  said Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist at the project and co-author of the report. "More and more teens go online frequently and from a wider array of places. They take ever-greater advantage of this new technology ecology by mastering features like instant messaging and phone-text messaging on their tethered and mobile computing devices."

These technologies enable a variety of methods and channels by which youth can communicate with one another as well as with their parents and other authorities.  Email, once the cutting edge "killer app," is losing its privileged place among many teens as they express preferences for instant messaging (IM) and text messaging as ways to connect with their friends.

Fully 75% of online teens use instant messaging and the average amount of time spent instant messaging in a day has increased over the last four years. One third of all American teens have sent a text message.  Nonetheless, the trusty telephone remains the most often cited communication technology used by teens.

In focus groups, teens described their new environment. To them, email is increasingly seen as a tool for communicating with "adults" such as teachers, institutions like schools, and as a way to convey lengthy and detailed information to large groups. Meanwhile, IM is used for everyday conversations with multiple friends that range from casual to more serious and private exchanges.

It is also used as a place of personal expression. Through buddy icons or other customization of the look and feel of IM communications, teens can express and differentiate themselves. Other instant messaging tools allow for the posting of personal profiles, or even "away" messages, durable signals posted when a user is away from the computer but wishes to remain connected to their IM network.

Mary Madden, Research Specialist and co-author of the report notes, "Away messages, in effect, maintain a "presence" in this virtual IM space, even when a teen isn't directly tied to a technology. Away messages aren't just telegraphing location, but may include any type of information, such as in-jokes, quotes, coded messages or even contact information."

Teens, too, are accessing the internet from a variety of locations, including their homes, schools, community centers, libraries, and friends' and relatives' houses.  It seems that teens may come to expect access to the virtual world from any physical world location.

*87% of teens have ever logged on from home

*78% of teens log on from school

*74% of teens log on from a friend or relative's house

*54% of teens log on at the library

*9% of teens log on from a community center, youth center or house of worship

Leading the way are older teenaged girls, who are putting burgeoning technologies to use to support their already honed communication styles.  Girls ages 15-17-year-old are the power users of the online teen cohort.  Older girls dominate in use of email, IM, text messaging, and selected
information-seeking activities:

*97% of girls 15-17 have used instant messaging, compared to 89% of
younger boys and girls and 87% of older boys

*57% of older girls have ever sent a text message compared 40% of older boys

*51% of older girls have bought something online

*79% of girls 15-17 have gone online to search for information about a school they might attend, vs. 70% of older boys.

*Older girls are more likely to search for information on health topics both mundane and sensitive, for spirituality or religious information, and for entertainment topics like favorite sports or movie stars or TV programs.

The full report may be accessed from:

Also the Project recently released a short data memo on the American public's recognition of various "tech terms." You can read the Tech Term Awareness memo at: 

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A humor meme

the Wit
(82% dark, 34% spontaneous, 11% vulgar)
your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean you're pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer. Your sense of humor takes the most effort to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

Also, you probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out here:

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 99% on dark
You scored higher than 25% on spontaneous
You scored higher than 25% on vulgar
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman

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The lastest Pew Internet and American Life Project report on teens and technology

Keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on the Pew Internet and American Life Project page their report on teens and technology is to be released later this afternoon.  Better yet grab their RSS feeds in your reader.

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July 25, 2005

KnowledgeWorkshop Professional Student Edition

I just ordered a copy of KnowledgeWorkshop Professional Student Edition.  I think it will help me track my multiple research projects, it has been very helpful during the testing period.  AND don't you love their titling on the order form?  I've never before gotten a discount because I am a "professional student."  LOL

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

4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
January 11 - 14, 2006
Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii, USA

Submission Deadline:  August 23, 2005

Sponsored by:
East West Council for Education
Asia-Pacific Research Institute of Peking University
University of Louisville - Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods

Web address:
Email address: [email protected]

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.  The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.  Cross-disciplinary submissions with other fields are welcome. Performing artists (live dance, theater, and music)
interested in displaying their talents will be accommodated whenever possible.

Topic Areas (All Areas of Arts and Humanities are Invited):

*American Studies
*Art History
*Ethnic Studies
*Graphic Design
*Landscape Architecture
*Performing Arts
*Second Language Studies
*Visual Arts
*Other Areas of Arts and Humanities
*Cross-disciplinary areas of the above related to each other or other areas.

The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities encourages the following types of papers/abstracts/submissions for any of the listed areas:

Research Papers - Completed papers.
Abstracts - Abstracts of completed or proposed research.
Student Papers - Research by students.
Work-in-Progress Reports or Proposals for future projects.
Reports on issues related to teaching.

For detailed information about submissions see:

Submitting a Proposal:

1.  Create a title page for your submission.  The title page should include:

a.  title of the submission
b.  topic area of the submission (chooses from above list)
c.  presentation format (see for format choices)
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.

Please note that there is a limit of two contributed submissions per lead author.

Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
P.O. Box 75036
Honolulu, HI 96836 USA
Telephone: (808) 949-1456
Fax: (808) 947-2420

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A New Model to Improve Social Network Mapping

David Pollard at has an interesting post on A New Model to Improve Social Network Mapping.  Following is a taste of the entry but read the whole thing to get a full flavor.

 To do so, I began thinking about communities as they function in the gift economy (or as I prefer to call it, the generosity economy). -- the growing economy that includes open source, the Internet, scientific knowledge sharing, much foundation and NGO work, blogs, file sharing and a host of other 'price-less' exchanges of value. How could we redefine the social constructs of the market economy to suit the framework of the gift economy? Here's what I came up with:

Market/Ownership Economy
Gift/Generosity Economy
Those you give to
Those who give to you
Employee, Profession, Industry
Those you work with
Town, State, Nation
Those you live with
Family, Friends
Those you love

If you use the more inclusive gift/generosity economy constructs, your communities, networks and identities within them merge into these five broad 'circles', and the need to distinguish between social and business communities, networks and identities disappears. In a sense this is what is already happening as more of us cease drawing the line between our social and business identities and lives, and as more and more of what we do, powered by the Internet, is done without expectation of financial compensation.

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July 24, 2005

Comments ON by Default

One nice thing about the upgrade of Movable Type, that has been taking place on the blog, is that I can again set comments on by default.  I'm hoping that I can leave them on but we shall see how much of a problem spam will be in both comments and trackbacks. I'm running a couple of anti-spam plugins to try to keep this to a minimum.  In the perfect world I should not have to delete a single inappropriate thing...but this is a less then perfect world isn't it.

p.s. If you post a comment and it doesn't show up after a day or two, please let me know I may need to tweak the filters...I want the good stuff to get through just want to keep the spam out.

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Bloggers need not apply, redux or the US framework of employment

Clancy has an interesting post on Bloggers need not apply, redux (opens in a new window). Pull up her text and have a read before you go forward with this post, I need to contextualize.  p.s.  Comments apply only to U.S. situations.

The NYTimes has it spot on. You see employers don't legally have to like what you do as a person.  So they have lots of outs when you do something they don't like especially when the legal framework of case law hasn't caught up to the technology. For example you can legally hold a second job, unless you specifically signed that right away through a contract, but your primary employer can control where you get that second job.  So a Wendy's manager can't moonlight as a Burger King/Carl's Jr. fry cook.  Or a parochial school teacher can't have a second job as a stripper.  Why?  Because the second job reflects poorly on the image the first employer wants to create and both examples create links between two companies that the first employer wouldn't want to have in place.  This issue has been tested in court and held to be true.

I think this is the same general logic that some employers have been applying to blogging.  So Delta Airlines canned Ellen Simonetti for her blog, and in particular her picture on the blog, because it created an image of the company that they didn't want.  Of course had the same photos been taken for private consumption, not to be posted on the web, and the company had found out I expect she would have received a warning or a short layoff but I don't expect she would have been canned over them.  It's only when the photos the employer views as inappropriate were published online that it rose to a firing issue.

You see until the legal framework catches up anything is legal that isn't explicitly stated as illegal, like the EEO laws cited in the article. "Laws prevent employers [hiring entities, as well] from acting against employees [or applicants] on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion or disability - and, in some places, sexual orientation. Many workers have few other protections, employment lawyers said" (comments added).  Until some protection is given to bloggers, which under the current climate I don't expect will ever happen, then employers must take existing case law and regulation and try to slot the current situation into the framework so that there is a good logical basis for what they do.  In essence that makes it much easier for employers to pass on hiring someone for something they find a problem, because until they make the hire they are not the employer...they are just an entity with a job opening which means there are very few rules to protect the applicant. 

I think it's safe to add that academic freedom is a concept that appears to only apply to faculty and from one employer to their employees.  (I haven't spent any time reading academic freedom legal cases so if I have this wrong send me an email and I'll update the post with a revision.)  So faculty member Adams can write most anything he/she wants at Institution A where he is a tenured professor without much fear of least not formally.  However if he/she applies to Institution B for a position that institution can pass on hiring him/her because of the writings.  Of course they can hire if they want to...nothing prevents that from happening.

So as with anything else in employment the employer/hiring entity holds most of the cards it's up to the employee/applicant to try to fit their mold.

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The International Calendar of Information Science Conferences

There is a handy new tool created through a collaboration between the International Information Issues SIG and the European and New England chapters of the American Society for Information Science & Technology. Bookmark The International Calendar of Information Science Conferences.

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Ethics in Blogging

I don't have a complete citation on this yet, I'll edit the post when I do, but I wanted to get this link out to everyone now. I found reference to this report, Ethics in Blogging (2005), via my PubSub searches and it looks very useful.

Report Summary:

As the prevalence and social influence of weblogs continue to increase, the issue of the ethics of bloggers is relevant not only to the blogging community, but also to people outside it.

This study explored ethical beliefs and practices of two distinct groups of bloggers--personal and non-personal--through a worldwide web survey. Over a period of three weeks, 1,224 responses were collected and analysed.

Our findings show that these two groups are distinctively different in demographics, blogging experiences, and habits. We also found that there are significant differences between personal and non-personal bloggers in terms of the ethical beliefs they value and the ethical practices to which they adhere.

Key Findings:

Our findings indicate that 73% of the bloggers surveyed said that their weblogs are personal while the remaining 27% said that their weblogs are non-personal. Further investigation of, these two groups revealed many significant differences between personal and non-personal bloggers.


Non-personal bloggers are typically older males, with more formal years of education than personal bloggers.

Blogging Experiences and Habits

Non-personal bloggers tend to have more readers, update their weblogs more frequently, and spend more time on their weblogs.

Non-personal bloggers' reasons for blogging, the people whom they write about, and their primary intended audience are also different from those of personal bloggers.

Ethical Beliefs and Practices

Personal and non-personal bloggers value and adhere to four ethical principles differently. For instance, personal bloggers believe that minimizing harm is more important than non-personal bloggers.

For both groups of bloggers, they believe attribution is the most important and accountability the least important.

The degree of association between ethical beliefs and practices is different for personal and non-personal bloggers: in general, the level of correspondence between what people believe and what they do is higher for non-personal bloggers than personal bloggers.

Both types of bloggers are quite ambivalent about whether any kind of a code is necessary.

The findings in our study indicated that personal and non-personal bloggers are indeed distinct groups of bloggers. Their demographics, blogging experiences and habits, as well as ethical beliefs and practices are different.

In addition, bloggers currently do not see a strong need for a blogging code of ethics. A code of ethics may be more valued and adhered to when bloggers' themselves see a stronger need for it.

Also, the four ethical principles have different relevance to personal and non-personal bloggers and researchers should take that into consideration if they attempt to devise new codes of ethics for blogging.

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July 23, 2005

EFF15 Blog-a-thon

An announcement from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that ran across the AoIR listserv.

 For the past 15 years, EFF has been fighting to preserve  the constitutional right to freedom of expression on the Internet.  In the last few years, we've seen an explosion of expression as new web publishing tools emerged, providing countless netizens with their own personal First
Amendment machines.  This month is our 15th anniversary and to celebrate, we're putting these publishing tools front and center.  We're holding an EFF15 Blog-a-thon where you're invited to blog about your personal experiences fighting for freedom online €” a project to celebrate new publishing tools, attract new EFF members, and mark our 15th all at once.

We want to hear about your "click moment" €” the very first step you to took to stand up for your digital rights - whether it was blogging about an issue you care about, participating in a demonstration, writing your representatives, or getting involved with EFF.

As a thank you, we've enlisted an independent panel of judges to choose from among your posts for "Most Inspirational," "Most Humorous," and "Best Overall."  At the end of the Blog-a-thon, we'll announce the names of the three bloggers with the best posts on our website and in EFFector.  We'll also publish the three best posts on our site and send the authors a blogging "kit" as an extra thank you: an EFF bloggers' rights T-shirt, special EFF-branded blogger pajama pants, a pound of coffee, and a pair of fuzzy slippers!

Follow the links below for details on how to participate and watch the Blog-a-thon - and for extra inspiration, check out the posts by EFF staff members and interns describing their first steps in fighting for online freedom:

Join the EFF15 Blog-a-thon:

Deep Links - EFF15:

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July 22, 2005

The Portfolio: Capturing What You Do In The Classroom

Information is available from:

A Teaching Portfolio is a goal-driven collection of materials that document one's teaching performance over time. They serve to highlight one's teaching strengths and accomplishments.

A Teaching Portfolio must display work indirectly, through description, documents, and various forms of evidence.

"Portfolios are messy to construct, cumbersome to store, difficult to score, and vulnerable to misrepresentation€"


Some Don'ts:

Some Do's:

What should you collect for your portfolio

Keep of a list of the courses you teach

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Cooperative Learning Strategies

Following are some Cooperative Learning Strategies we practiced and discussed.

Numbered-heads together

Think in Pairs


Round Robin Approach

3-Minute Review

3-step Interview

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FFFSI - Teaching Tip #2 (Reflection)

At the end of class save enough time to allow for students to write a Reflection on the readings and the class discussion.  They should use one paragraph to summarize and the rest of the page to reflect (one page max). 

I have planned to use a similar technique in my upper-level class so that their Reflections are part of their blog entires.  The discussion about page limits makes me wonder if I should have a word count limit for the blog posts.  I am of two minds on it, so I may try working with a limit this semester and see how it goes.

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FFFSI - Teaching Tip #1 (Think-Pair-Share)

Give students 2 minutes to think about a question you have posed.  Then have an adjacent pair of students discuss what each thought (2 minutes each).  If they finish before the time then they should sit quietly and see if any additional ideas surface.  Finally the pair share with the class, in particular they share each others view point.  

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Just-In-Time Teaching hints

Last weekend was the annual Future Faculty Fellows Summer Institute (see Pictures of Fourwinds Resort & Marina for shots from last year so there is no rain). The weekend is an intensive workshop with sessions on teaching, and being a faculty member. I walked away with lots of notes some of which I will be sharing here through a set of individual entries.

First is the recommendation of the book, cover art is on the right. Full citation: Novak, Gregor, Gavin, Andrew, Christian, Wolfgang, & Patterson, Evelyn (Mar. 1, 1999). Just-in-Time Teaching. New York: Prentice Hall.

One idea that we were given to us by Jay R. Howard relates to undergrad students interest in reading textbooks (he has an article on the topic but I can't find a citation through database search).  Jay said that he had a problem in his Sociology classes that students would not read the textbooks.  So he started using a tip from Just-in-Time Teaching and now there is a short quiz due 2 hours before class, submitted via electronic resources.  Now more students are reading the text because:  First the quiz itself prods them to read the material, and second he uses the 2 hours to pull detail from the short answer and essay question that is then used in his lecture - what student doesn't like to see their work called out in a positive way.  I like this tip.  Not sure I will use it this year but it will be in my teaching tools kit.

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Banned Books Bracelets from ALA

In the flat out "just too cool" category, get your Banned Books Bracelets from American Library Association (ALA). They come in two sizes and configurations.   Pointer from Free Range Librarian, keeper of all things ALA.

To help raise awareness that books continue to be challenged, ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom is selling bracelets featuring the covers of frequently challenged books. "Adult" and "kids" signify size, although the kids-size bracelet features children's titles, and the adult-size bracelet features adult titles.  

These bracelets were designed by Carolyn Forsman, jewelry designer and longtime supporter of the Freedom to Read Foundation.

Adult Bracelet ($18 for one; $15 each for two or more)

Each tile, or book cover, is 3/4" x 1"; the circumference of the bracelet is 6 3/8".

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  • Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • I Read Banned Books

Kids Bracelet ($12 for one; $10 each for two or more)

Each tile, or book cover, is 5/8" x 1/2"; the circumference of the bracelet is 5 1/2".

  • Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Blubber by Judy Blume
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • I Read Banned Books


  • Order one of each bracelet for only $25!
  • All proceeds support the programs of the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
  • Bracelets ship for free!

If you have trouble reading this form with your browser, or if you prefer to order your bracelets offline, fax the ORDER FORM (PDF) to 312-280-4227, or mail to Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

Thank you for your order!

I defiantly want one of these, in fact I will probably get several as gifts. Very cool indeed.

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July 21, 2005

HP6 - a gold star next to my name

Read completely and put away for now. My summer fun had in a few days.

Oh and Gary (reply to a comment on Life is good while I read HP6) since NAF players have already proven they have good taste I would assume that ALL of them are reading HP novels. *w*

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We are not afraid!

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July 20, 2005

A community funeral procession

When the deceased is to be interred in the church cemetery, usually located somewhat adjacent to the church itself, the saddest part of the funeral is the procession from the church to the grave side. Today a couple of hundred of us walked the 3/8ths of a mile from the front of the church to Myron's resting place on the hillside, all of us moving in near silence behind the hearse - the tolling of the church bell setting our pace.

As I walked through the cemetery I mentally said a long list of hellos to family members and old family friends whose graves I passed. Some of whom I knew in life: Izzy; Aunt Emily & Uncle Elmer (buried under the cemetery's only tree - there is a family story about the planting of that Ginkgo Tree), little Butch, Uncle Carl, Uncle Bill, Carl R., and Joan to name but a few. Many more of whom I know only from family stories and fables: My great-great-grandparents (my paternal grandmother's family) of whom my g-g-grandmother came to the U.S. from Germany in the 1860's to be a maid for the rich folks in town, my cousin Francis who died in WWII when his ship was torpedoed during their run in the South Pacific and who painted the beautiful landscape painting that hangs over my fireplace, my cousin Dean - my father's best friend - who died at 22 from pancreatic cancer before I was born, and my great-grandfather (my paternal grandfather's family) who argued with the minister to the point that he stopped attending church but would not have stood for burial in the city cemetery. They are all there on the hillside overlooking cornfields and flanked by a truck farm and the highway.

It always hits me how appropriate that cemetery is as a quiet and solitary resting place but directly connected to the world along roads and highways. Today as the minister said his final graveside words I looked up to see two halves of a prefab home glide by on the backs of large semi-trailers. Alongside the ending of one life others are starting new, and hopefully, happy phases of their own lives - two halves of a proper coin.

As the minister spoke and a mockingbird called from Aunt Emily's tree, I couldn't help but look at the assembled crowd and think about community in general. There in the crowd were friends and family I adore and would do anything for, as well as, people, for whom on the average day, I have little time but with whom I have many long connections. People I have known all my life, people whose funerals I will attend or who will attend mine if I should predecease them. People who come from the same place I do, though we often don't see the world through the same tinted glasses. People along with whom, I have inherited my sense of community from our ancestors, common and disparate. People who frame the way I look at life and the ways in which I look at my research. They will always be what I think of when I think of the terrestrial community.

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July gathering of the Indiana Flute Circle with Dennis Sizemore

Last weekend was an interesting dichotomy between two teaching environments. First there was the Future Faculty Fellows Retreat, which I will be writing about more later today. Then I drove from Four Winds Resort to Indianapolis to attend the Indiana Flute Circle gathering.  This month we had a special guest presentation from Dennis Sizemore who both performed for us and held a master class. 

During the teaching part of the gathering Dennis used three techniques:  large group, pairs, and individual demonstration.  During the large group exercises he had us all on our feet holding a flute, our own or one of his, and had us experience the playing techniques he was demonstrating.  Trust me these experiences were loud but if you couldn't always hear the tonal changes in your own instrument, you could hear them in your neighbor's.  Similarly we worked in groups of two for a couple of exercises trading off performing the exercise between the two of us.  For our first exercise he went around the room and had each of us demonstrate tonal shift as we played a single note.  Not only did the solo activities help us learn but it gave Dennis an idea of the playing experience in the company.  Three interesting and successful teaching techniques

Dennis has an impressive collection of flutes ranging from the ancient to modern designs.  I am still in awe that I held a roughly 1000 year old elk antler Cherokee flute and learned that elk were once plentiful in North Carolina.  I didn't attempt to play the flute but several others did and it made a lovely sound.  I did play several of his lower range flutes which was a good learning experience as the holes are somewhat further apart then my fingers can reach with ease.  However I don't think they are so far apart that I can't learn to play the instruments.  Mostly my problems are related to my usual activity, typing, and how it closes the finger spread rather then increases it.  In other words...I can learn. 

He has contributed three essays, at the Mad River Flute Company site, on Flute Selection. I read them when I first got my flute and will probably reread them as I slowly grow my collection (warning the site tries to download sound files to your machine).

Dennis also performed several solo flute pieces and with a group of traditional western instruments - violin, cello, and transverse flute (silver flute).  The group pieces were performed in duo, trio, and quartet with works spanning from the traditional western classical to the premiere of two new pieces written for NAF.

Amended July 24, 2005: There are some nice photos of the session on the Indiana Flute Circle page, including a couple of the Elk Horn Flute. Thanks Gary.

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July 19, 2005

Life is good while I read HP6

Want to Get Sorted?
I'm a Gryffindor!

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Got Blog? for adults

I am teaching a workshop this evening at the Monroe County Library. I will be teaching adult learners about blogging.

Here is my PowerPoint presentation for the "Got Blog?" workshop.

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H2O Playlists

Clancy has a pointer to an interesting looking teaching tool, H2O Playlist. The site says this about H2O Playlists:

H2O playlists are more than just a cool, sleek technology -- they represent a new way of thinking about education online. An H2O Playlist is a series of links to books, articles, and other materials that collectively explore an idea or set the stage for a course, discussion, or current event.

H2O Playlists make it easy to:

transform traditional syllabi into interactive, global learning tools

share the reading lists of world-renowned scholars, organizations, and cultural leaders

let interested people subscribe to playlist updates and stay current on their fields

promote an exchange of ideas and expertise among professors, students, and researchers

communicate and aggregate knowledge -- online and offline.

So, go on ... check out existing playlists or create your own. You can also read our philosophy behind building this technology.

I can already see there are some interesting lists available here. Not sure if I will use this tool for the fall but it might be helpful in the future. In the short term I will be checking out Anthropology at Home: Doing Fieldwork among the Familiar, Paulette G. Curtis, Harvard University

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Professional-Lurker's new look

Today we bid a fond farewell to the old Professional-Lurker design (first illustration), aka Movable Type Default settings, and welcome a new look (second illustration) that was designed specifically for my blogs.

I know for me it is going to take some getting used to since for the last 18 months I have signed in to a basically black and white two-column screen...with incidental colors. Now there is a lot more color which I like, and the three column design which I love. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Oh and we are working on the RSS feed issue so that feed includes html, which it now does not for whatever reason.

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July 18, 2005

Susie Nolting, a brave face

Susie Nolting was a neighbor as I was growing up. My sister babysat her children when they were younger and her husband helped me out of more then a few issues with old cars that wanted to leave me stranded.  They were people you could count on, and that is important in the country.

As adults we had, until her illness, been members of the same workout group. When I could put aside the research and writing to attend class, she was a smiling face who always had a nice word to say or an interesting observation to make.  Her smile will be missed.

Her family has had more then their share of health issues over the last 10 years, I won't air the list here but suffices to say that when trouble came to visit it decided to stay. My heart goes out to her children and the rest of her family, I know they must be very tired after all of this serge and feeling more then a bit lost. I hope they can always remember the good times and the laughter...for in the end those are the important memories to have and to share.

The following is part of his obituary from The Republic.

Susan K. Nolting, 63, died at 11:20 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2005, at Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Mrs. Nolting had worked as a secretary in the dean's office at Columbus North High School. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church where she was active in the Christian Service Guild and was a volunteer at Love Chapel.

Mrs. Nolting was born Oct. 15, 1941, in Bartholomew County, the daughter of Gene and Dorothy Jean Sparks Settle. She married Elmer LeRoy "Butch" Nolting on Nov. 3, 1962, in Columbus.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer L. (Gary W. Jr.) Nolting-Baldwin of Columbus; sons, Greg W. (Sheri) Nolting of Franklin and Michael A. Nolting of Columbus; her father, Gene Settle of Columbus; a sister, Sara J. Zeigler of Columbus; a brother, Daniel E. Settle of Columbus; grandsons, Nick Nolting and Kyle and Ryan Baldwin, all of Columbus, and Brock Nolting of Franklin; and a granddaughter, Emma Nolting of Franklin. 

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Myron Glick, a fond memoriam

Today I am writing about personally sad things first, I have two remembrances for people who passed away this weekend.

Myron Glick was probably the sweetest man I know. The fact that all of that light came packaged in a ruggedly handsome exterior was a constant wonder. I have known him all my life, at least all of it that mattered. I can remember him at community gatherings when I was in middle school years and he was in high school or college - always a smile, always a kind word, always there to lend a hand to someone who needed it and those qualities have never wavered as we have aged. I have always admired Myron, oh he was no saint, as the proverbial pile of my hair he pulled out one strand at a time when he sat behind me in choir will attest and that when we were in our 20's & 30's. LOL  He could be a devil if always a charming one.

Myron was a friend, we have eaten many lunches together, laughing about one thing or another, after crossing trails at the hardware store, or the mall, or by one of us slowly extending our lunch break since the other came into the diner as we were finishing.  I've listened to him glow about his children and their accomplishments, and he has listened to me and held my hand while I talked about my families illnesses and deaths.  In short I think we enjoyed each others company.

Oh we didn't really hang out together and we could go for long periods without crossing trails.  It was an in-joke between my hubby, Myron, and I that when hubby bumped into him, Myron would invariably get my name wrong.  How is "Lori" or "Linda" or "Lisa"?  But it was always clear that his forgetfulness was not a mark of disregard...rather just personal foible, an endearing one at that.  Of course the smile on his face when I would run into him in Big Lots or at Lowe's and the genuine light in his eyes would show that he truly was glad to see me.  On each of those in store encounters he would invariably have to explain everything in his cart to me and what he would be doing with it.  New faucets that Marybeth liked or something for the window in his daughter's bedroom.  Did he get all his projects done?  I have no idea, but I do know that he made the purchases for his family and always had plans to make their lives nicer, better, and prettier.

Myron died on Saturday of what appears to be massive heart failure.  He was to young, to health, just to nice to be the first of my friends to die of anything I can think of as an age related issue.  Everyone of our age range, I have to talked to today, is hit by it...Myron is the first.  I don't think it is just the selfish reminder of our own mortalities as much as it is a reminder of all our mortality.  We are getting older, all of us, and this will be a more common thing...people we know well will be passing not from accidents or the odd cancer occurrence but rather from standard things we think of happening to our parents or grandparents, not to us.  We all have the same glazed looks in our eyes as we talk can't have been can't have been one of us.

The following is part of his obituary from The Republic

Myron L. Glick, 54, died unexpectedly from natural causes at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2005, at his home.

Mr. Glick was a partner in L & M Glick Seed Co. and Glick Seed Service. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church - Clifty where he had served as an elder for many years and sang in the choir. A 1974 graduate of Purdue University, he was a director for the Indiana Soybean Board for many years and was the Indiana representative on the North Central Soybean Research Program where he had served as treasurer and a member of Indiana Crop Improvement Association.

He was very active in the professional seed production industry. He enjoyed trail riding and breeding horses, playing bridge and gardening. Mr. Glick was a loving and caring husband and father who will be greatly missed for his gentle strength.

Mr. Glick was born June 6, 1951, in Shelbyville, the son of Lynn and Donna Solomon Glick. He married Marybeth VonFange on Dec. 27, 1975, in Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Marybeth; a daughter, Lisa (Greg) Scott of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sons, Trevor Glick and fiancee Kelly DeClue, both of Columbus, and Brett Glick of Colorado Springs; his parents, of Columbus; sisters, Linda Glick-Forster of Columbus, Mary (Jerry) Williams of Indianapolis, and Karen (Brian) Forster of Decatur, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

Myron I will miss your sweet smile and you devilish grin, rest well.

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July 14, 2005

Quals defense - Socio-technical perspectives on digital photography in professional practice

Eric Meyer defended his qualifying paper "Socio-technical perspectives on digital photography in professional practice" today.  The paper is available online at the following URL:


In 2003, sales of digital cameras surpassed those of film cameras, and there has been widespread adoption of digital photography by professional photographers. While scholars have long argued that photography plays an important social role, few have examined photography as a socio-technical phenomenon. Digital photography, considered as a set of novel technological artifacts supplanting traditional cameras, offers new opportunities for studying how photographers work and communicate.

This paper develops an argument for studying digital photography as a socio-technical phenomenon.  First, communication regimes are introduced as a new conceptual tool for understanding the role of communication technologies in socio-technical systems as well as a way of bounding research into communication-related socio-technical systems of interest.  Second, the paper lays out a path of inquiry in the literature that is most broadly represented in the social construction of technology (SCOT) tradition, more specifically elaborated in actor-network theory (ANT), and most recently articulated in the socio-technical interaction network approach (STIN).  This path of inquiry is helpful for understanding, among other things, the role of specific technologies within socio-technical networks and how technology can be a factor for social change in socio-technical systems.  Third, the paper argues that the recent introduction of digital photography offers a potentially fruitful area of study for information scientists and those studying information technologies.  Finally, the paper argues that case study methods offer a way to understand STINs of interest that are operating within communication regimes using digital photography, and offers a potential research strategy for undertaking such a study.

Advisory committee:

Chair: Howard Rosenbaum
Associate Professor of Library and Information Science

Member: Noriko Hara
Assistant Professor of Information Science

Minor Representative: Barry Bull
Professor of Education

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July 13, 2005

CFP & Announcement - The Valve, a literary weblog

The Valve is a literary weblog dedicated to the proposition that the function of the little magazine can follow this form.  Beginning July 12th, the contributors to the Valve and a number of prominent scholars--including Michael Berube, Gerald Graff, Scott McLemee --will be discussing Daphne Patai and Will H. Corral's recently published Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent.  This is the first of many planned online colloquia concerning recently published works of interest to literary and cultural scholars.  Thinkers of all theoretical stripes are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate in the ongoing conversation.  A brief description of the anthology and a link to its table of contents can be found below.  

Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent

Not too long ago, literary theorists were writing about the death of the novel and the death of the author; today many are talking about the death of Theory. Theory, as the many theoretical ism's (among them postcolonialism, postmodernism, and New Historicism) are now known, once seemed so exciting but has become ossified and insular. This iconoclastic collection is an excellent companion to current anthologies of literary theory, which have embraced an uncritical stance toward Theory and its practitioners. Written by nearly fifty prominent scholars, the essays in /Theory's Empire/ question the ideas, catchphrases, and excesses that have let Theory congeal into a predictable orthodoxy. More than just a critique, however, this collection provides readers with effective tools to redeem the study of literature, restore reason to our intellectual life, and redefine the role and place of Theory in the academy.

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Wikipedia in the Lesson Plan

Will Richardson has an interesting post on using a Wikipedia Lesson Plan drawn from Turning Wikipedia into an Asset for Schools. The plan uses a Wikipedia entry as the basis of a literature search and has students, in their case grammar school students but I see no limitation on the exercise, critic the entry and edit it with citations for the facts. It's a nice neat plan to get students to think about the accuracy of information, and to help fix problems so that others don't encounter then as readily. I will have to work this in to one of my syllabi for the fall. Read both entries for details.

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The crew at Going Underground has announced a tube challenge. Sometime in August there will be a "A mass team tube-challenge attempt, for all of us to get round the entire network in a day" to show that We are NOT Afraid.

From This means we are going to get experienced tube-challengers and novices alike, to meet up ... start in the same place, and travel the whole tube system in a day i) For charity, and ii) For defiance.

These two main reason are important:
i) Charity. People often do this and raise a few pounds & pennies. This time everyone gets sponsored in aid of the bomb relief charity and we really go for it. Let's get thousands of pounds this time.

ii) Defiance. Solidarity. Togetherness. We are not afraid, and we well get back on the tube - the whole tube - and prove that we are more than happy to ride it. We say "Fuck you terrorists", and we will do the thing that we do best - ride around the tube system.

I would love to sponsor someone since I can't ride myself. If you are going to take the challenge let me know, my space pen is ready to write more checks. *S*

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Lawsuit against The Internet Archive to test the extremes of robot.txt files

The New York Times has an interesting story about a lawsuit against The Internet Archive, Keeper of Expired Web Pages Is Sued Because Archive Was Used in Another Suit. The story reads like a case of sour grapes. Two companies with very similar names are in a trademark lawsuit. Company A sues Company B.  Company B's lawyers in a attempt to defend against the claim access The Internet Archive to find out who had the trademark first. Low and behold it was their client Company B. Which of course this pisses Company A off...but rather then sucking it up like big people they sue Company B's attorneys and The Internet Archive for copyright infringement and violations of two federal laws: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The suit contends, however, that representatives of Harding Earley should not have been able to view the old Healthcare Advocates Web pages - even though they now reside on the archive's servers - because the company, shortly after filing its suit against Health Advocate, had placed a text file on its own servers designed to tell the Wayback Machine to block public access to the historical versions of the site.

So Healthcare Advocates (Company A) has apparently figured out that when you place something on the web you lose control of it. But they don't like those rules so they very American of them. *rolling my eyes* One thing is for sure this will be interesting to watch.

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July 12, 2005

Bloggers need not apply...interesting

In the past 3 years the Chronicle of Higher Education has published 53 stories that mention blogs and blogging. Of those 53, I have been asked by other scholars for my take on only two of them - first there was the "Scholars Who Blog" article from 2003, and now "Bloggers Need Not Apply."

The "Scholars Who Blog" article was mostly an introduction that there were academics using the new technology in their work and teaching. The questions I got were usually along the lines of "Did you see that article? Others are blogging too."

But the tone of the questions is different around the most recent (7/8/05) article. "Are you worried that your blog might hurt your chances of getting a job?" My answer an emphatic "NO". The reasons are simple. A department that would worry about my "over" commitment to technology wouldn't be interested in hiring someone with my specialty in the first place - I am by definition "over committed to technology."  I doubt a non-progressive department would even schedule an interview.

If they are concerned that I might say things they won't like well any applicant might do that. Daaaa. Past practice is the best indicator of future performance...and old HR maxim that is very true in any field. I keep my opinions on my colleagues pretty close to the of those things you learn in almost 20 years in the professional world. I don't talk personal stuff on my blog, not lots of it anyway, and that includes my own and anyone else's. It's just not how I work.

So will my blog hurt my job search, I don't think so because the positives far outweigh the negatives. My blog is part of my commitment to collegiality and to teaching. I share my research, my experiences, my thoughts on my subject, and my teaching. I share my bibliographies with others so they can have access to information that might not be available to them otherwise. I make contacts with scholars around the world who are interested in similar topics. I have lost track of the number of emails I get from students and scholars who ask for information or contacts based on their having found my work though this blog. 

danah is right, our blogs help create our brands. We, as scholars, are our own product and our blogs help us market that product. Of course not everyone will want to buy, that's just fine by me. I don't want to work everywhere...just that one great place where my work is appreciated and I can add to a good team. That place will appreciate that I blog, and that my blog has been a positive in my life and a help to other scholars as well.

p.s. At least one other person is wondering if the actual article is on the up-and-up. Check out for an interesting examination of the possibility of trolling in the Chronicle.

Amendment made on 07/13/05: For a great take on the entire debate read On-a One Hand, On-a 'Nuther... at Free Range Librarian. Karen has the right take on it all.

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We Are Not Afraid!

My current favorite site = We Are Not Afraid!

show the world that we're not afraid of what happened in London, and that the world is a better place without fear.

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July 11, 2005

Chocolate Sushi

*grabbing her chopsticks and waiting for the conveyor belt of life to drag this stuff by* There are no words. *sigh* Chocolate sushi. *sigh* On no, they even have chocolate chopsticks...nummy.

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Do you listen while you write?

David Brake sent me this interesting citation. I do listen to music when I write but it tends to be music with non-English words, when it has lyrics that is. I've noticed that I concentrate on the music, rather then the writing, when the lyrics are in English and that is not the point when I am writing.

The effects of background music on word processed writing

Computers in Human Behavior
Volume 17, Issue 2 , 1 March 2001, Pages 141-148

Abstract: College students often listen to music while they use a computer. This experiment investigated whether background music disrupts their ability to word process fluently and effectively. Forty-five psychology undergraduates wrote brief expository essays. Background music significantly disrupted writing fluency (words generated per minute controlling for typing speed and including those words deleted before the final draft) even though no response to the music was required. Those with some musical training and high working memory span wrote better essays with longer sentences and were also more likely to pause at clause boundaries. Even unattended music places heavy demands on working memory and disrupts word processed writing.

So what percentage are we losing when we listen to music? Are the differences for commitment to task? Does the issue change with age or education level?

Now off to the store to find "leak blocking" headphones.

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July 10, 2005

CFP - INSNA The Visible Path Graduate Student Award

The Visible Path Graduate Student Award recognizes research on how social networks improve professional performance.

Early this year, INSNA announced a newly-created Visible Path Graduate Student Award at the Sunbelt XXV International Social Network Conference in Redondo Beach, California.

INSNA will give the annual award, which carries a $5,000 prize plus paid expenses to the Sunbelt conference, to a graduate student in recognition of research on how social networks are used to improve individual and inter-organizational performance.

"Social network analysis touches many disciplines -- anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics and communications science for starters - yet there are few awards that are specifically designed to support basic social network research," said Bill Richards, INSNA president and professor of communications at Simon Fraser University. "This award seeks to encourage research for benefit of everyone who is interested in the juncture of social network analysis and organizational performance."

The award taps into broadening awareness of social network analysis sparked by articles, popular business books and new companies selling web services and software that capitalize on social networks.

"The timing is right for graduate students looking to uncover social network insights that can advance an increasingly popular discipline with growing opportunities for application" said Stanley Wasserman, professor of sociology, psychology, and statistics at Indiana University and chief scientist for Visible Path Corp. in New York."

To apply for this year's award, students submit a paper to the committee before 1 September 2005. Submitted papers will be evaluated by a committee of four judges; their decision will be final. Judging will be on the basis of the level of originality in the ideas and techniques, the possible applications and their treatment, and potential impact. The awardee will give a formal presentation at Sunbelt 2006 in Vancouver.  The paper must be written between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2005.  Eligible students must be sole (or first) author on the submitted paper.  Letters of support should be submitted with the paper. The committee may arrive at the conclusion that none of the submitted papers merits the award.

The award will made for the first time in 2006. Funds for the award have been provided by Visible Path

Address for submission (please note that electronic submissions (.pdf files) is required):

Professor Ronald Burt
Chair, Visible Path Graduate Student Award Committee
Graduate School of Business
University of Chicago
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
[email protected]

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July 09, 2005

Adding a new category for my teaching portfolio

Adrian Miles at got me thinking with his comments about adding a category for "teaching portfolio" to his blog. I'm stealing the idea with my own "Teaching Portfolio...thoughts on the art and practice" though I have credited the source.

As I am now diving into syllabus development with both feet I think it will be very helpful to have prolurker as both an outlet and a record for my thoughts as I work up two classes. No doubt there will be much written about it here as I work my way through the stack of books on the floor to my left...maybe 4 feet of them. I always have done a lot of literature search before I settle on what I want to use so why should this be differen. LOL

I had planned on keeping notes in an offline format to later be gathered into a teaching portfolio. But that does seem rather duplicative so I will give this a whirl and we shall see how it goes.

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July 08, 2005

CFP - Women's Studies in Communication

Women's Studies in Communication announces a special issue on "Exploring Gender, Feminism and Technology from a Communication Perspective" to appear in September 2006.  Across disciplines, studies of technology have been a rich source for understanding women's experience and for advancing feminist theory. The goal of this special issue is to emphasize the contribution of communication practice and/or theory in exploring this relationship.  More specific themes within this general emphasis may include examination of women's uses of particular technologies, the gendered nature of technology, the effect of technologies (or technological culture and globalization) upon women's lives, and developing/critiquing feminist theories of technology.   Any type of technology may be considered; although they are welcome, manuscripts need not be limited to communication and information technologies.  Manuscripts may by theoretical, empirical, or descriptive.  For empirical studies, we welcome the full range of methodologies. All manuscripts must be clearly labelled as submissions intended for this special issue and submitted following standard guidelines described at  All submissions will be blind and peer reviewed.  Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to WSIC Associate Editor Michele Jackson, [email protected] . Submission deadline:  February 1, 2006

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CFP - Linguistics Area, 2006 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Linguistics Area
2006 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

The 27th Annual Meeting of the SW/TX PCA/ACA
February 8-11, 2006
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque=20
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The 2006 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Further details regarding the conference (listing of all areas, hotel, registration, tours, etc.) can
be found at

Proposals are now being accepted for the Linguistics Area, which will focus on language in society. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are also welcome.

  a.. Language and the Media
  b.. Language and Gender
  c.. Language in Advertising
  d.. Language and Law
  e.. Code-switching
  f.. Language use along the border
  g.. Dialects
  h.. Conversation analysis
  i.. Discourse analysis
  j.. Language and education
  k.. And much more...
Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to Nancy Mae Antrim at the email or physical addresses below by November 15, 2005.

Nancy Mae Antrim
Department of Languages and Literature
Sul Ross State University
Box C-89
Alpine, TX 79832
[email protected]

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Adolescents and Teens Online Bibliography - Updated

I've updated the Adolescents and Teens Online Bibliography. I will be updating Weblog and Blog Bibliography very soon as I get time to do it.

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Wild critters on the farm

The Red-Tailed Hawks (aka Chicken Hawks), who nest in the woods behind our house, have been fledging their young and teaching them to hunt. So for the last week or so I have been treated to their continuous calls when I work in my study. The kids are mostly on their own now...watched by their parents with less active guidance to prey. It's amusing to hear them now. Mom:  Where are you?  Then a response from a youngin:  Here, here, here (as they swoop back, from as much as half a mile away, to the dead tree in the valley that they are using as their home base perch).

I wish two or three of them would get really puffed up and take on the rowdy raccoons who appear to have taken up residence in our tallest pine tree in the yard.  Their nightly escapades are making a mess of my porches as they tear through my houseplant pots looking for grubs. Imagine your worst drunken date and you will know what young raccoons are like. No-Kill-Traps make such good neighbors when raccoons are in town.

The raccoons like my study too...they are using the area under my window bench as their own personal toilet place. So in the morning I get the sounds of free ranging hawks and the smell of raccoon...well you get the picture. Ahhh life in the country.

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Update to EFF Legal Guide for [American] Bloggers

EFF has updated their Legal Guide for Bloggers. Like the original the update is based on U.S. law so while interesting to those in the rest of the world, it may only be of marginal utility.

Whenever there's talk about blogging horror stories, inevitably the conversation turns to people getting fired for blogging.  What kinds of things can your boss fire you for?  Aren't there laws to protect you for "whistle-blogging" about the rotten things your company is doing to the environment?  If you use your work computer to blog, does your employer have the right to monitor you?  What about if you're working from home, using your own laptop?

EFF has just added a new section to our "Legal Guide for Bloggers" that's aimed at helping you sort out these questions.  While the guide can't and doesn't substitute for the legal advice you need if you're in trouble, it provides information that will help you understand your rights under the law.  "If you don't know your rights, you can't defend them," said EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl.  "We want to arm bloggers with a solid foundation in labor law so they know when an employer steps over the line."

The section was developed with help from Stacey Leyton, a labor lawyer with Altshuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Rubin & Demain, and is based on US law.  The "Legal Guide for Bloggers" is regularly updated with new information, and has been linked to more than 100,000 times since being introduced last month.

Labor law section of EFF's Legal Guide for Bloggers:

More about bloggers' rights:

For the original version of this piece online:

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July 07, 2005

Going Underground's Blog's account of todays events

Check out Going Underground Blog's post on todays events in London.  They document roughly 10 hours of what happened.

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CFP - Digital Contexts: Studies of Online Research and Citation

Call for Essays
Project Title:  Digital Contexts: Studies of Online Research and Citation
Editors:  Colleen Reilly, Doug Eyman, Joyce R. Walker, & James P. Purdy

The editors of Digital Contexts: Studies of Online Research and Citation, an interdisciplinary collection of articles on online research and citation practices, are seeking 15-25 page contributions that consider the multiple ways that digital technologies are shaping the practices of research and citation. Scholars in disciplines including (but not limited to) Writing Studies, English, Rhetoric and Composition, Sociology, Library & Information Science, and Data Management are invited to submit abstracts (500 words or less) that describe their research projects and potential articles.  Proposals should be submitted by September 15, 2005.  Upon recommendation by the collection editors, authors will be asked to submit finished articles by January 15, 2005.

The purposes of this volume are four-fold:

1.To identify and explore inter-disciplinary research regarding online research and citation practices.

2.To better understand how electronic research practices work to shape the production and circulation of knowledge within and outside of academia.

3.To identify effective strategies for teachers, administrators, and academic professionals to employ when doing online research and when training scholars to interact in these online information spaces.

4.To consider approaches for creating online resources that allow for effective research in digital spaces.

The editors are interested in qualitative, quantitative, theoretical, and/or rhetorical research that explores online technologies and the research and citation practices associated with their use.  Specific topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: 

-Empirical studies of research or citation practices

-Historical study of the evolution of technologies designed to assist scholars in their access to and use of information resources

-Research that specifically examines the teaching and training of scholars to use electronic resources

-Case studies of successes and failures of pedagogical implementations of online research resources

Submission Instructions

Queries about submissions can be directed to any of the editors:

Joyce R. Walker University of South Florida St. Petersburg         [email protected]
James P. Purdy  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign                [email protected]
Colleen Reilly  University of North Carolina at Wilmington                [email protected]
Doug Eyman Michigan State University                                [email protected]

Proposals should be sent via email (by September 15, 2005) to Joyce R. Walker at [email protected]  Proposals will be reviewed by the editors by October 1, 2005.

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CFP - SAC 2006: Track on Computer Ethics and Human Values

SAC 2006: Track on Computer Ethics and Human Values
The 21st ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

23-27 April 2006; Dijon, France

SAC 2006: For two decades, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) has been a leading conference for computer scientists, computer engineers, and computing professionals. SAC is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing SIGAPP . The proceedings of the conference are published by the ACM in printed form, on CD-ROM, and in the ACM Digital Library . In 2006, SAC will be held April 23-27 in Dijon, France. More information about SAC 2006 is available at their website:

2006 Track on Computer Ethics and Human Values (1st Edition): For the first time, SAC will include a technical track on computer ethics. We invite scholars in computer ethics to apply their expertise to specific issues in applied computing; and we invite scholars and practitioners in computer technology to thoughtfully consider how the latest technical developments in applied computing are likely to affect and be affected by users and what they value.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Submission Guidelines: Full, original papers on the topics listed above or related topics will be considered. Please do not make parallel submissions to other conferences or other tracks of this conference. We are asking reviewers to invest their time evaluating papers, and we don't think it's fair to do that if an accepted paper ultimately will not be presented at our track in SAC 2006. Each submitted paper should include only a title, not its authors; this is part of our double-blind reviewing process. Any self-references in the paper should also be made in such a way that the authors' identity is not obvious.

Papers and abstracts should be submitted as PDF files. If that format is inconvenient for an author, please contact Keith Miller , the track chair. The entire paper, including title and references, should not exceed 4000 words. An abstract must be submitted by 5 September 2005, and the full paper one week later. All paper submissions will be done through the eCMS paper management web site. To use this web site, an author should register (it's free) at Authors can then follow the instructions for submitting abstracts and full papers. If authors have any problems with paper submissions, please contact the track chair, Keith Miller , or Jeff Allen .

Review and Publication: Each paper will be reviewed using a double blind process. Volunteers for reviewing are invited to email Keith Miller . Authors of accepted papers will receive directions for producing camera ready copy for the proceedings with their acceptance notification.

Important Dates:

This call for papers is available at Please direct any questions about this call or the website to Keith Miller , the track chair.

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London bombings

There are no words. My heart breaks everytime something like this happens but it is worse when it happens to a city I love and when people I have broken bread with may be involved. I have heard from David Brake, London School of Economics, so I know he and his wife are ok. I have not heard from anyone at University of London, if you read this email me please when you have a chance...I worry. I will be monitoring the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media site to check on those who research there.

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July 06, 2005

Got Blog? Workshop Completed

This afternoon I taught a workshop for teenagers at the Monroe County Public Library. Earlier I posted my linklist on prolurker so I would have easy access during the presentation.

About 12 teens were in attendance, all girls. Surprisingly only two of the girls did not already have blogs, all 10 blogs are on free sites.  Since so may of the teens already have an understanding of what blogging is we spent most of our time talking about security rather than what blogging is about. They knew far more about the nuances of the interfaces then I do so I got to learn from them too, which is always a good thing in my book.

All of them would probably benefit from another workshop on tips and tricks for playing with the site designs.  Something I couldn't talk about without serious preparation.  Boy I don't know much about the specifics of Xanga, though I have played with LiveJournal and Blogger.

After the workshop I was interviewed by the Bloomington Herald Times for an article that will probably be in the newspaper tomorrow.  Gosh I hope I didn't sound like to much of a dork.  LOL  I'm much more comfortable doing the interviewing then being interviewed.  My brain is usually spinning out follow up questions to answers I have just given...not always a helpful thing.  Oh well we shall see.

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IT&P article hits the stands today

Today when I was on campus Elijah greeted me with a copy of IT&P he received earlier in the day. Very cool to hold my first journal article and preprints. I probably looked like a 5 year old at Christmas. The citation follows, I'll post a link to the database version when I have it. There is also a link from the sidebar, and repeated in the citation below, to the Working Paper version.

Herring, S. C., Scheidt, L. A., Bonus, S., and Wright, E. (2005). Weblogs as a bridging genre. Information, Technology & People, 18 (22), 142-171.

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Got Blog? Workshop

The following link list is for a workshop I will be conducting later today for the Monroe Country Public Library.

Got Blog?

What is a blog?

These are the days
The Political Teen
Sensitive Light


Bloomington Map on LJ
My Beautiful Life
I Live for Him311



Free Blogging Sites


Before the workshop:
LJ login

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July 05, 2005

Professional-Lurker Redesign, What do You Think?

I am working with a designer to redo the look here.  I have her latest sample design and would like your opinion on it.  Here is a link to the mockup.  Please post your comments, oh and if you don't like something please suggest what would make it better.  Thanks.

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AoIR Elections are On

Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) elections are on as of today.  If you have paid your membership you should have received an email message with voting instructions.  I would love it if you would take the time to vote for me for Student Representative.  Likewise my collaborator Elijah Wright is standing for election for the organizational Secretary, he too would like you vote.

If you are not a paid member and you are a student or faculty member who has an interest in Internet Research then I would suggest you join the organization.  AoIR is by far the best academic organization to which I belong.  The group is supportive, their listserv is informative, and the conferences are small and conversational.  Oh and membership doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  Check out the hotlink above for more information.

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July 04, 2005

June Advisory Committee Report

Hard to believe we are into July already. Here is my June Advisory Committee Report (pdf), seems I have done more then just work on my tan. LOL

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Thoughts on the Children's Digital Media Center at UCLA and their press release

This morning as I worked my way through my routine - reading email and RSS feeds, and checking on prolurker - I ran across Media @ LSE's post on a "new study conducted by UCLA children's digital media". I have not followed the Children's Digital Media Center (CDMC) at UCLA, though I have known of Greenfield and Subrahmanyam work, so I decided to spend a little time making sure I had all of the citations recorded in Reference Manager.  I now have the site bookmarked and will be checking it regularly.

First I read the press release that is linked predominately on the CDMC site, and was surprised by the underlying values expressed in the statements. After perusing the articles I am still unclear on whether the statements from the press release, which I have reproduced below, are in or out of context.  When I have a chance I need to read the articles from the special issue of Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 25, 6,  Developing Children, Developing Media - Research from Television to the Internet from the Children's Digital Media Center: A Special Issue Dedicated to the Memory of Rodney R. Cocking edited by Patricia Greenfield to hopefully understand the Centers standpoint on children and teens more clearly.

To find out what young people are exposed to on the Internet, Greenfield entered a Web area devoted to teenagers - whose motto was "Be seen, be heard, be you" - and was "shocked" by what she found there, including unsolicited sexual advances from strangers.

"The sexuality expressed in a teen chat room was public, linked to strangers and had nothing to do with relationships," Greenfield said. "It was very explicit and focused on physical acts, and often associated with the degradation of women. I started to receive private instant messages, including a crude sexual advance, just by hanging out at the chat room, even though I had not participated in any of the ongoing conversations.

"The unsolicited nature of these messages could be daunting for adolescents, particularly younger ones," she added. "I was not looking for unsolicited personal messages, sexual or otherwise, but once I decided to enter the chat room, I could not avoid being exposed. I was pursued sexually. I also found aggression, racism and prejudice in this chat room (which no longer exists). Racism and hate are not limited to hate sites.

"We often consider the Internet to be a repository of information, but my experiences in the chat room led me to conclude that we need to question the values that we wish to convey, and the disparity between those values and the ones to which teenagers are being exposed. These are not only Internet issues, but issues of our culture in general, and youth culture in particular."

Greenfield also visited a teen chat room that had adult monitors and rules to reduce offensive and crude comments. She found that the chat there was quite different from the chat in the unsupervised site; still, sex and aggression did not disappear; rather they became hidden in code.

"The participants in this teen chat room were talking about sex a lot of the time," Greenfield said. "They were referring to various forms of sex, all in code, without using words about sex. The coded sexual allusions were still devoid of feelings and relationships."

In particular I was surprised by the values regarding children and teens as independent actors, and the nature of their sexual awareness that are expressed in these quotes. I am concerned by the appearance that the researchers view childhood and adolescence as a static state that is, by nature, a time of development where only external forces frame the actions and thoughts of young people as though they themselves are not actively involved in cultural creation - that these activities are done to children and teens but not by them.

For researchers, chatrooms are, or were, a ripe field for research on how teens interact with other teens without the strictures imposed by adults.  Even in moderated sites the communication rose to a different level of interaction between the teens then is normally seen by adults as adult presence normally quells the teens natural informal interactions - moving communication into a different register, the "adult present" register a transition that is often coded in IM and chat as POS or "parent over shoulder."  Unmoderated sites are, or were, the free-for-all that one can see in the groups of teens that hang out on street corners in the city...rough and tumble spaces where communication is, on some level, a form of combat for the boys and girls who are present.  Is this how we as adults want these spaces to be?  Probably not, but it is how they are and history shows that this is not a new issue, certainly not one that is limited to cyberspace.  Rather cyberspace allows adults to be observers in a teens world.

I have railed on prolurker before about the western perception of childhood and adolescence as a given rather then the social construct that gives these age ranges special significance that is not governed by a biological imperative.  As researchers we do no favors to our subjects by carrying these demarcations forward without acknowledging that they are in essence artificial separations.  The historical grounding of these lines is very interesting reading, that has been romanticized in the modern view and we as researchers should understand the histories present - social, cultural, and developmental - that creates the social group we study.

I need to reiterate that I am still not clear if the issues here are to be found in the bulk of the Centers work or if the values I present are only the media offices point of view.  Clearly CDMC has adopted the views on some level, as they link to the press release from their site. 

I need to spend more time with developmental psychological literature on adolescents to get a clearer picture of the disciplines take on issues that figure in my research.  Likewise, this special issue underlines for me that there is much to be teased out of the interactions found in the data I have archived from teen chatspaces.  More research and writing can be

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CFP - Logged On but Disaffected? Young People, Citizenship and ICTs

Logged On but Disaffected? Young People, Citizenship and ICTs
A symposium to be held in York, UK
26-27 September 2005
Sponsored by Community Informatics Research & Applications (CIRA)
University of Teesside, UK.
Department of Sociology, University of York,

This small symposium comprises a number of leading scholars, policy practitioners and activists who are involved in the study and adoption of ICTs as a means to facilitate the active engagement of young people in democratic governance. It addresses such questions as:

- How can ICTs be best used to facilitate active participation by young people in democratic politics?
- Can ICTs become a part of citizenship education curriculum?
- What kinds of online interaction facilitate effective deliberation between young people?
- What kinds of ICTs are most likely to engage the hard-to-reach groups of disaffected young people?
- How can ICTs enable genuine respect and involvement of young people in national and local decision-making?

Keynote Speakers include: Stephen Coleman, Oxford Internet Institute; Ross Ferguson, Hansard Society;
Raji Hunjan, Carnegie-youth Initiative; Sonia Livingsone, LSE; Brian D. Loader, CIRA, University of Teesside;  
Gustavo Mesch, University of Haifa; Zandria Pauncefort, Institute for Citizenship; Robert Watt, University of Essex

The papers will form the basis of a proposed publication (possibly as a contribution to the Routledge series edited by Brian D. Loader). Selected authors may also be invited to submit a copy of their paper to the journal Information, Communication & Society ( for consideration.

The deadline for receipt of the abstracts is 22 July 2005. Abstracts, not exceeding 300 words, must be sent electronically to Brian D. Loader at [email protected]. The Deadline for receipt of full papers (not exceeding 7,000 words and with an abstract of up to 300 words) is 19 September 2005.

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July 02, 2005

A Book of One's Own - Genre's of Diaries

I discovered the book at the left as a reference in one of my readings on paper diaries. I have been searching for an academic work, or even a non-academic one, that gave me a breakdown of sub-genres of diaries that might be applied to diary blogs. Mallon has it in spades. While he insists that his work is not inclusive I truly believe he has nailed most of them that would have appeared in both paper and electronic forums, I do think there are some forms that may, potentially, be unique to blogging.

The book is a good summer read as Mallon brings his experience as an award winning biographer of people to this "biography" of a communication form.

Full citation: Mallon, Thomas (1984). A book of one's own: people and their diaries. New York: Ticknor & Fields.

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July 01, 2005

Qualitative and Quantitative methods characteristics

Today I received up an used copy of: Leedy, Paul D. & Ellis Ormrod, Jeanne (2005). Practical Research: Planning and Design. (7th ed.) Upper Saddle River NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall. The text has a nice chart breaking down some of the characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research. Of course they don't grab my take, which is that the primary difference is at what point you say "research" has begun. Because quantitative researchers do qualitative research too, they just don't think of it as research, rather it is the prework they do before research begins.

Distinguishing characteristics of quantitative and qualitative approaches
Question Quantitative Qualitative
What is the purpose of the research? To explain and predict To describe and explain
To confirm and validate To explore and interpret
To test theory To build theory
What is the nature of the research process?     Focused Holistic
Known variables Unknown variables
Established guidelines Flexible guidelines
Static design Emergent design
Context-free Context-bound
Detached view Personal view
What are the methods of data collection? Representative, large sample    Informative, small sample
Standardized instruments Observation, interviews
What is the form of reasoning used in analysis? Deductive analysis Inductive analysis
How are the findings communicated? Numbers Words
Statistics, aggregated data Narratives, individual quotes
Formal voice, scientific style Personal voice, literary style

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