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List of Publications with Full Citations

Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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

Weblogs as a bridging genre

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

Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

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27 March 2006 23:59:59 UTC-0500

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

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

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Adolescents and Teens Online Bibiliography
Last updated July 8, 2005.

Weblog and Blog Bibliography
Last Updated November 22, 2005.

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

November 29, 2005

CFP - Succeeding Failure: openings in communication and media studies

Special issue of Communication Theory:

Succeeding Failure: openings in communication and media studies

Succeeding Failure: openings in communication and media studies is the title of a special issue planned for Communication Theory. This issue will be guest co-edited by Briankle G. Chang and Garnet C. Butchart of the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

"Failure" typically implies a kind of breakdown, defeat, or impasse. However, "failure" may also be read as a productive concept, one that indicates an opening rather than a closure, a point of departure rather than a terminus. For example, whenever one thing is said but another is heard, it is the failure of, or discord within, such an exchange that enables one to question the possibility of communication to begin with. In this sense, failure succeeds. This special issue invites critical essays that interrogate the ways in which failure may open onto and succeed in generating innovative responses to pressing questions of theory, politics, and ethics as they relate to communication and media studies. Topics for critical reflection may include, but are not limited to:

Regardless of topic, submitted essays must offer a critical interrogation of the concept of failure as a productive entry point into the contemporary study of communication and media. Authors may submit inquires and manuscripts electronically to Briankle G. Chang at [email protected] or to Garnet C. Butchart at [email protected].

Manuscripts should conform to the guidelines of Communication Theory and must be received by May 15, 2006 to be considered for this issue. The manuscript should include a title page with complete contact information (address, telephone, FAX, and email), as well as a brief biography (full name, highest earned academic degree, institution granting that degree, current academic title) for each author. Manuscripts must conform to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.), and authors should verify that the reference list is complete and in appropriate form.

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The Edublog Awards 2005 Nominations are open

Nomiantions are open for this year's Edublog Awards. The full post is reproduced below. Get your list together and nominate your favorites.

The Edublog Awards 2005

Welcome to the second international Edublog Awards - an annual event that recognises and promotes excellence in the field of edublogging.

This year I'm extremely pleased to be taking over the event co-ordination from your host last year, James Farmer. I'm very much looking forward to lively community debate and contributions this years awards, which have changed somewhat from last years format, in response to feedback. I hope to do as good a job as James and hope that the community will be positive about my management style!

First of all, the categories. This year there are ten:

* Most innovative edublogging project, service or programme

* Best newcomer

* Most influential post, resource or presentation

* Best designed/most beautiful edublog

* Best library/librarian blog

* Best teacher blog

* Best audio and/or visual blog

* Best example/ case study of use of weblogs within teaching and learning

* Best group blog

* Best individual blog

There will also be a Best of the Best award, which will be open to all winners of the 2005 Edublog Award Categories.

Nominations and Rules:

This year the nomination process is also different:

Nominations will not be made publicly this year, and all submissions will be treated as confidential. Instead, you are asked to email in your nominations.

While everyone is eligable to vote, only current edubloggers are invited to nominate contenders. If you keep a blog, and produce content which is related to education (even if you post about your haircut a lot too), you are an edublogger and are eligable to nominate. Please include your blog url with your nominations.

Each participant is able to make a maximum of two nominations per category. Self-nomination is perfectly acceptable, but you are encouraged to nominate the edublogs that you genuinely believe to be outstanding examples of practice - the blogs you refer others too. Please list your nominations in order of preference. You may enter the same person or blog for more than one award.

Nominations are open from 21 November to 4 December. When you have decided on your nominations for all of the categories, you can cut and paste the template provided into the body of an email, complete it and send to the awards email address.

The four most popular, eligible nominations in each category will be available to vote on from 5 December to 17 December. Winners will be announced live at a special broadcast awards ceremony held on 18 December 1500 GMT.

Good luck - and see you all at the awards ceremony!

Josie Fraser, EdTechUK

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Countdown timers

Ok well my countdown timers have quit at the source and I have no idea how to let the guy know he needs to fix his program. So I'm testing another timer, don't be surprised if things look flakey for a bit. I'll post when I get it working correctly.

Testing 1-2-3

Counting down to New Year 2006: 1 Jan 2006 00:00:00 UTC-0500!

Ok this works now I just have to get it going in the sidebars.

Amended: Alright we are cooking with gas!

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20 blog post formats

Darren at ProBlogger posted an interesting set of what he calls 20 Types of Blog Posts but I don’t think they are actual “types” as much as they are formates for posts. Wonder how many more we could name? Content Analysts make note...he days our method involves “often doing mind numbing counting jobs.”

• Instructional - Instructional posts tell people how to do something. I find that my Tips posts are generally the ones that are among my most popular both in the short term (ie loyal readers love them and will link up to them) but also in the longer term (ie one of the reasons people search the web is to find out how to do things and if you can rank highly with your tips post you can have traffic over a length of time).

• Informational - This is one of the more common blog post types where you simply give information on a topic. It could be a definition post or a longer explanation of some aspect of the niche that you’re writing on. This is the crux of successful sites like wikipedia

• Reviews - Another highly searched for term on the web is ‘review’ - I know every time I’m considering buying a new product that I head to Google and search for a review on it first. Reviews come in all shapes and sizes and on virtually every product or service you can think of. Give your fair and insightful opinion and ask readers for their opinion - reviews can be highly powerful posts that have a great longevity.

• Lists - One of the easiest ways to write a post is to make a list. Posts with content like ‘The Top Ten ways to….’, ‘7 Reasons why….’ ‘ 5 Favourite ….’, ‘53 mistakes that bloggers make when….’ are not only easy to write but are usually very popular with readers and with getting links from other bloggers. Read my post - 8 Reasons Why Lists are Good for Getting Traffic to your Blog for more on lists. One last tip on lists - if you start with a brief list (each point as a phrase or sentence) and then develop each one into a paragraph or two you might just end up with a series of posts that lasts you a few days. That’s how I started the Bloggers Block series.

• Interviews - Sometimes when you’ve run out of insightful things to say it might be a good idea to let someone else do the talking in an interview (or a guest post). This is a great way to not only give your readers a relevant expert’s opinion but to perhaps even learn something about the topic you’re writing yourself. One tip if you’re approaching people for an interview on your blog - don’t overwhelm them with questions. One of two good questions are more likely to get you a response than a long list of poorly thought through ones.

• Case Studies - Another popular type of post here at ProBlogger have been those where I’ve taken another blog and profiled them and how they use their site to earn money from their blogging (eg - one I did on Buzzmachine - the blog of Jeff Jarvis). Sometimes these are more like a review post but on occasion I’ve also added some instructional content to them and made some suggestions on how I’d improve them. Case studies don’t have to be on other websites of course - there are many opportunities to do case studies in different niches.

• Profiles - Profile posts are similar to case studies but focus in on a particular person. Pick an interesting personality in your niche and do a little research on them to present to your readers. Point out how they’ve reached the position they are in and write about the characteristics that they have that others in your niche might like to develop to be successful.

• Link Posts - The good old ‘link post’ is a favourite of many bloggers and is simply a matter of finding a quality post on another site or blog and linking up to it either with an explanation of why you’re linking up, a comment on your take on the topic and/or a quote from the post. Of course adding your own comments makes these posts more original and useful to your readers. The more original content the better but don’t be afraid to bounce off others in this way.

• ‘Problem’ Posts - I can’t remember where I picked this statistic up but another term that is often searched for in Google in conjunction with product names is the word ‘problems’. This is similar to a review post (above) but focusses more upon the negatives of a product or service. Don’t write these pieces just for the sake of them - but if you find a genuine problem with something problem posts can work for you.

• Contrasting two options - Life is full of decisions between two or more options. Write a post contrasting two products, services or approaches that outlines the positives and negatives of each choice. In a sense these are review posts but are a little wider in focus. I find that these posts do very well on some of my product blogs where people actually search for ‘X Product comparison to Y Product’ quite a bit.

• Rant - get passionate, stir yourself up, say what’s on your mind and tell it like it is. Rants are great for starting discussion and causing a little controversy - they can also be quite fun if you do it in the right spirit. Just be aware that they can also be the beginnings of a flaming comment thread and often it’s in the heat of the moment when we say things that we later regret and that can impact our reputation the most.

• Inspirational - On the flip side to the angry rant (and not all rants have to be angry) are inspirational and motivational pieces. Tell a story of success or paint a picture of ‘what could be’. People like to hear good news stories in their niche as it motivates them to persist with what they are doing. Find examples of success in your own experience or that of others and spread the word.

• Research - In the early days I wrote quite a few research oriented posts - looking at different aspects of blogging - often doing mind numbing counting jobs. I remember once surfing through 500 blogs over a few days to look at a number of different features. Research posts can take a lot of time but they can also be well worth it if you come up with interesting conclusions that inspire people to link up to you.

• Collation Posts - These are a strange combination of research and link posts. In them you pick a topic that you think your readers will find helpful and then research what others have said about it. Once you’ve found their opinion you bring together everyone’s ideas (often with short quotes) and tie them together with a few of your own comments to draw out the common themes that you see.

• Prediction and Review Posts - We see a lot of these at the end and start of the year where people do their ‘year in review’ posts and look at the year ahead and predict what developments might happen in their niche in the coming months.

• Critique Posts - ‘Attack posts’ have always been a part of blogging (I’ve done a few in my time) but these days I tend to prefer to critique rather than attack. Perhaps it’s a fine line but unless I get really worked up I generally like to find positives in what others do and to suggest some constructive alternatives to the things that I don’t like about what they do. I don’t really see the point in attacking others for the sake of it, but as I’ve said before this more a reflection of my own personality than much else I suspect and some people make a name for themselves very well by attacking others.

• Debate - I used to love a good debate in high school - there was something about preparing a case either for or against something that I quite enjoyed. Debates do well on blogs and can either in an organised fashion between two people, between a blogger and ‘all comers’ or even between a blogger and… themselves (try it - argue both for and against a topic in one post - you can end up with a pretty balanced post).

• Hypothetical Posts - I haven’t done one of these for a while but a ‘what if’ or hypothetical post can be quite fun. Pick a something that ‘could’ happen down the track in your industry and begin to unpack what the implications of it would be. ‘What if….Google and Yahoo merged?’ ‘What if …’

• Satirical - One of the reasons I got into blogging was that I stumbled across a couple of bloggers who were writing in a satirical form and taking pot shots at politicians (I can’t seem to find the blog to link to). Well written satire or parody can be incredibly powerful and is brilliant for generating links for your blog.

• Memes and Projects - write a post that somehow involves your readers and gets them to replicate it in someway. Start a poll, an award, ask your readers to submit a post/link or run a survey or quiz. Read more on memes.

As I wrote above - this is not an exhaustive list but rather just some of the types of posts that you might like to throw into your blog’s mix. Not every one will be suitable for all blogs or bloggers but using more than one format can definitely add a little spice an color to a blog. Lastly another technique is to mix two or more of the above formats together - there are no rules so have a bit of fun with it and share what you do in comments below.

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November 28, 2005

Merit in Action

Confessions of a Community College Dean has a required reading post for all of us that will be looking for tenure tracks at some point in the future, Who Would You Hire?, or, Merit in Action.

Assume you're the hiring decision-maker at Hypothetical State. You're hiring for a tenure-track position in English. The position involves some teaching of composition, though the majority of the courses are literature and/or film. The department search committee sends you three finalists:

Earth Mother: ABD from Respectable State, "almost done," lots of composition experience at multiple colleges, great committee work and collegiality, likable personality, teaching awards, a few conference papers.

EuroDude: Ivy Ph.D., book contract, references from gods, great job talk, contacts/experience in film industry, slightly icy personality, minimal teaching experience, has never breathed the word 'composition' or taught outside Ivy U.

Sisyphus: M.A. from They Have a Graduate Program? State, longtime internal adjunct, trailing spouse of bigshot at Nearby U, faithful to the department for 15 years, plays well with others, taught everything from soup to nuts, no plans for a doctorate, never published.

Which one has the most merit?

The only intellectually honest answer is: it depends.

Like every other hiring situation in the world more goes into the decision than a single criteria - in this case which is the best candidate for where the department is currently and where they want to go? Well that depends...and in truth much of what it depends upon is unlikely to be obvious to the candidates. So make yourself prepared for your search...broadly prepared. Be skeptical of advisors who say you don't need publications or maybe, teaching experience before you go broadly prepared because you have no idea what skills will be required or what will make you rise to the top of the pool.

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November 27, 2005

Cats in sinks

Yes there is a website devoted to pictures of cats in sinks. What will they think of next? No no don't tell me, my delicate constitution probably can't take it. LOL

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Not a good use of CMC...

Teen in Crash May Have Been Text Messaging

Nov 26, 1:24 PM (ET)

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) - A 17-year-old likely will face misdemeanor charges after allegedly losing control of his car while text messaging and hitting a bicyclist.

The bicyclist, Jim R. Price of Highlands Ranch, died Friday, two days after the accident.

"We do not believe it was an intentional act, but it was inattentiveness to the roadway," said Lt. Alan Stanton, spokesman for Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

"The investigation showed that he was text-messaging on his cell phone" at the time of the accident, said Stanton.

The driver could face a charge of careless driving resulting in death, Stanton said. Under Colorado law, the teen could face up to a year in prison.

It was the second time Price, an avid cyclist, had been hit by car. He suffered a broken ankle two years ago when he was hit while riding on a bike path. His wife, Shirley, said he had been especially mindful of cars since then.

Shirley Price wasn't angry with the teen. "I feel sorry for the teenager," she said. "It was a stupid mistake," she told the Rocky Mountain News.

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November 26, 2005

CFP - The Third International Workshop on Weblogging Ecosystems

CFP: 3rd International Workshop on the Weblogging Ecosystem (WWE 2006)
Edinburgh, UK
May 22 or 23rd (TBD) at the WWW 2006 conference

Paper submission deadline: March 10, 2006
Author Notification: April 3, 2006

The weblogging community continues to evolve: weblogs are gaining more and more exposure, the number of bloggers continues to grow and the contribution of individual bloggers is becoming significant and compelling. The dynamics of the blogosphere, found in trackbacks, citation links, blog-rolls, comments, tags, shared topics and interests provides a facinating domain of study for researchers from all academic and commercial fields including text mining, social network analysis, computational linguistics, business and marketing intelligence, library sciences, taxonometrics, graph theory and data visualization.

The workshop will build on the success of the previous two meetings, bringing together researchers from these diverse areas, working in both academic and commercial settings: contributors with a keen interest in an area with increasing technological, social, political and cultural impact. In addition to a regular track of research presentations, this year's workshop will feature the first ever weblog research data release. This data release will allow researchers access to a large coherent body of weblog post data for a specific time period. Researchers are encouraged to use this data set in the presentation of their research results at the workshop. We plan to compile the papers that focus on this data set into a book which will present an exciting view of a specific period of blogosphere history.

Areas of Interest
The weblogging phenomenon represents an exciting opportunity for many fields of research. Papers submitted to this workshop should be focus on one or more of the following topics:

Data Challange
Much of the interest in research relating to weblogs involves the analysis of large quantities of data. As part of this workshop, we are very excited to provide a data set to the research community. The aim is to encourage the use of this data to focus the various views and analyses of the blogosphere over a common space. This will provide a unique opportunity to compare different views of the blogosphere and to stimulate interesting discussion and collaboration. As a result of this exercise, we plan to publish a book containing the collected data challange papers.

The data release comprises a complete set of weblog posts for three weeks in July 2005 (on the order of 10M posts). This data set has been selected as it spans a period of time during which an event of global significance occurred, namely the London bombings.

The data set includes the full content of the posts plus mark-up. The marked-up fields include: date of posting, time of posting, author name, title of the post, weblog url, permalink, tags/categories, and outlinks classified by type - details may be found at the workshop homepage (see above).

Intelliseek, Inc. will facilitate the distribution of the data. To obtain a copy of the data, sign and fax the datashare individual agreement form to Intelliseek.

Paper Submission and Review
Please see the website for submission details.

Papers submitted to the workshop will undergo a peer review process overseen by the workshop co-chairs. Each paper will be reviewed by at least two program commitee members. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop by one of the authors and will be published in the WWW-2006 Workshops CD-ROM and online. Papers should not exceed 5000 words (approximately 12 pages) in length and must be submitted in PDF. Short papers (up to 6 pages) describing early research results are also welcome.

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Tango into small spaces

Ok anyone who either reads this blog or knows me personally, knows I'm "green" when I can be and that I have a passion for alternative fuel vehicles. So when I ran across the Tango today I simply had to pass on the information.

Communiter Cars Corp. is making these little beauties. They are two seaters, one in front and one in back, that are narrower than a modern motorcycle. The idea is that by using Tango's we could double the capacity of the existing roadway system plus all the eco-advantages of an electric car.

At the moment the 80-mile range of the car makes it out of my reach, unless there was a place to plug it in on campus, and the price is a bit steep for an around town car inaddition to my driving-to-campus car. So I guess I will just keep an eye on this one and see what happens with their future production. But believe me if I could afford it I would order on today...what can I say I'm a cutting edge kinda girl.

To secure a place in the build sequence for a production Tango, a fully refundable deposit is required. When your vehicle is allocated a manufacturing date you will be asked to confirm the order and select the color and any appropriate options.

Please download, complete, and return the reservation form with your deposit.

Tango T600 Features ($85,000 with $10,000 deposit)

Tango T200 Features ($39,900 with $1,000 deposit)

Tango T100 Features ($18,700 with $500 deposit)

What can I say I like it. LOL Reminds me of the Corbin Sparrow but with two-person capacity and a real eye for safety, not that the Sparrow doesn't just the Tango is so clearly designed around safety. Sparrows are more like motorcycles with shells, this seems like a redesigned car.

Plus the blue Tango sorta looks like Nemo from the front. What girl wouldn't love that.

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Google 2006 Anita Borg Scholarship

Google 2006 Anita Borg Scholarship

As part of Google's ongoing commitment to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, we are pleased to announce the 2006 Google Anita Borg Scholarship. Dr. Anita Borg (1949 - 2003) devoted her life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated leadership. They will each receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year. Please visit for additional details.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must:

How to Apply

All applications must be postmarked by Friday, January 20, 2006. If you would like an application reminder at the end of November, please let us know at

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Special Issue of Interacting with Computers on "HCI Issues in Computer Games"

Guest Editors
Panayiotis Zaphiris & CS Ang,

Centre for HCI Design,
City University London

Introduction to special issue topic

Computer Games are at the forefront of technological innovation and their popularity in research is also increasing. Their wide presence and use makes Computer Games a major factor affecting the way people socialize, learn and possibly work. Computer Games are also beginning to attract the attention of educators and education technologists.

With this special issue of Interacting with Computers we wish to explore the relationship between Computer Games and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Are current HCI techniques and methodologies appropriate for designing Computer Games? Do we need new Computer Game focused HCI methods, theories and paradigms? What are the new challenges when it comes to evaluating Computer Games?

This special issue of Interacting with Computers is inviting contributions from both the academic community and industry. It will focus on issues surrounding the analysis, design, development and evaluation of Computer Games and the issues surrounding them. Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

"Interacting with Computers" is an interdisciplinary journal of Human-Computer Interaction, published by Elsevier. More information about this journal can be found at:

IwC special issues contain only 5 - 6 papers, each of no more than 10,000 words (so acceptance will be fairly selective).


Papers should be submitted through the manuscript management system at by the 10th of April 2006. The style standard is that of the American Psychological Association (APA), more details about which can be obtained from:

Important dates:

Dr. Panayiotis Zaphiris ([email protected]) and CS Ang Centre for HCI Design, City University London, Guest Editors

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November 25, 2005

An academics eye view of the damage in NOLA

A friend of our's here has a sister who teaches at Tulane, apparently she is in the math department. She and her family have just gone back to NOLA. They have posted some photos on a Tulane website showing the extent of the damage and some of the repairs. Here is the link to her photos of some of the damage around NOLA (opens in a new window).

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International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers
Brisbane, Australia
28-30 September 2006
Pre-Conference Workshops: 27 September 2006

INTERNET CONVERGENCES The Internet works as an arena of convergence. Physically dispersed and marginalized people (re)find themselves online for the sake of sustaining and extending community. International and interdisciplinary teams now collaborate in new ways. Diverse cultures engage one another via CMC. These technologies relocate and refocus capital, labor and immigration, and they open up new possibilities for political, potentially democratizing, forms of discourse. Moreover, these technologies themselves converge in multiple ways, e.g. in Internet-enabled mobile phones, in Internet-based telephony, and in computers themselves as "digital appliances" that conjoin communication and multiple media forms. These technologies also facilitate fragmentations with greater disparities between the information-haves and have-nots, between winners and losers in the shifting labor and capital markets, and between individuals and communities. Additionally these technologies facilitate information filtering that reinforces, rather than dialogically challenges, narrow and extreme views.

Our conference theme invites papers and presentations based on empirical research, theoretical analysis and everything in between that explore the multiple ways the Internet acts in both converging and fragmenting ways - physical, cultural, technological, political, social - on local, regional, and global scales. Without limiting possible proposals, topics of interest include:
- Theoretical and practical models of the Internet
- Internet convergence, divergence and fragmentation
- Networked flows of information, capital, labor, etc.
- Migrations and diasporas online
- Identity, community and global communication
- Regulation and control (national and global)
- Internet-based development and other economic issues
- Digital art and aesthetics
- Games and gaming on the Internet
- The Net generation
- E-Sectors, e.g. e-health, e-education, e-business

We call for papers, panel proposals, and presentations from any discipline, methodology, and community that address the theme of Internet Convergence. We particularly call for innovative, exciting, and unexpected takes on and interrogations of the conference theme. However, we always welcome submissions on any topics that address social, cultural, political, economic, and/or aesthetic aspects of the Internet and related Internet technologies. We are equally interested in interdisciplinary proposals as well as proposals from within specific disciplines.

We seek proposals for several different kinds of contributions. We welcome proposals for traditional academic conference papers, but we also encourage proposals for creative or aesthetic presentations that are distinct from a traditional written 'paper'. We welcome proposals for roundtable sessions that will focus on discussion and interaction among conference delegates, and we also welcome organized panel proposals that present a coherent group of papers on a single theme. This year AoIR will also be using an alternative presentation format in which a dozen or so participants who wish to present a short overview of their work to stimulate debate will gather together in a plenary session involving short presentations (no more than 5 minutes) and extended discussion. All papers and presentations in this session will be reviewed in the normal manner. Further information will be available via the conference submission website.

- PAPERS (individual or multi-author) - submit abstract of 500-750 words
- SHORT PRESENTATIONS - submit abstract of 500-750 words
- CREATIVE OR AESTHETIC PRESENTATIONS - submit abstract of 500-750 words
- PANELS - submit a 250-500 word description of the panel theme (and abstracts of the distinct papers or presentations)
- ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS - submit a 250-500 word statement indicating the nature of the roundtable discussion and interaction.

Papers, presentations and panels will be selected from the submitted proposals on the basis of multiple blind peer review, coordinated and overseen by the Program Chair. Each person is invited to submit a proposal for 1 paper or 1 presentation. People may also propose a panel of papers or presentations, of which their personal paper or presentation must be a part. You may submit an additional paper/presentation of which you are the co-author as long as you are not presenting twice. You may submit a roundtable proposal as well. Detailed information about submission and review is available at the conference submission website All proposals must be submitted electronically through this site.

All papers presented at the conference are eligible for publication in the Internet Research Annual, on the basis of competitive selection and review of full papers. Additionally, several publishing opportunities are expected to be available through journals, again based on peer-review of full papers. Details on the website.

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Any student paper is eligible for consideration for the AoIR graduate student award. Students wishing to be a candidate for the Student Award must also send a final paper by 31 July 2006.

Prior to the conference, there will be a limited number of pre-conference workshops which will provide participants with in-depth, hands-on and/or creative opportunities. We invite proposals for these pre-conference workshops. Local presenters are encouraged to propose workshops that will invite visiting researchers into their labs or studios or locales. Proposals should be no more than 1000 words, and should clearly outline the purpose, methodology, structure, costs, equipment and minimal attendance required, as well as explaining its relevance to the conference as a whole. Proposals will be accepted if they demonstrate that the workshop will add significantly to the overall program in terms of thematic depth, hands on experience, or local opportunities for scholarly or artistic connections. These proposals and all inquires regarding pre-conference proposals should be submitted as soon as possible to the Conference Chair and no later than 31 March 2006.

Submission site available: 1 December 2005
Final date for proposal submission: 7 February 2006
Presenter notification: 21 March 2006
Final workshop submission deadline: 31 March 2006
Submission of paper for publication/student award: 31 July 2006
Submission of paper for conference archive: 30 September 2006

Program Chair: Dr Fay Sudweeks, Murdoch University, Australia, [email protected]
Conference Chair: Dr Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, [email protected]
President of AoIR: Dr Matthew Allen, Curtin University of Technology, Australia [email protected]
Association Website:
Conference Website: (from 1 December)

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November 24, 2005

VIP Organizer

For the last month I have been testing a PIM called VIP Organizer. Yes I like my hipster PDA but I need something with the ability to set times as well as due dates. Basically I need something finer grained. While I simply love UltraRecall I do like keeping some information makes it visually easier for me to sort out what I have to do today from what is due down the road. Basically I need a simple project planner.

So I ran across VIP Organizer and I have liked using it. The interface is fairly intuitive and attractive and I have lots of options for organizing data. I decided I was going to buy it, up until I went to buy the program and found out a thing or two about it. First the software is $49.95, not the most expensive out there but neither is it the cheapest. However that $49.95 buys you one download, and if you pay an extra $6.95 you can have additional downloads for up to one year. So if your hard drive crashes, or like me you reformat periodically, or you buy a new computer you better plan on doing it in that first year because afterward you will be forced to pay for a new program.

This I do not like, at all. It's a good business model for the company...steady stream of revenue and that $6.95 is insurance rather than a product to be made. But for the consumer this is a bad idea. So I won't be buying their program any time soon....not at those prices.

Oh well back to the hunt for an easy to use to-do list/project planner.

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November 23, 2005

525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?

Some musicals you can listen to without ever seeing the action and the music works...think Rogers and Hammerstein. Sure the music moves the plot but by and large they are great songs that are secondary to the book. Of course that is why they can become pop hits because you don't need to know the story for the song to work on its own.

Then you have musicals where the music is so intimately wrapped up around the plot that the two have become inseparable. Those musicals you have to watch. Oh sure once you have, the music can play forever in your head with the snip-its of visual you have saved in your personal repository. But that first time you have to see to understand and become. These are the songs that don't become pop hits but that you play in your head after seeing a cast performs on the Tonight Show or Letterman.

Rent is one of those musicals. I knew it the first time I read about it. And I've avoided hearing the music until I could see the show, though of course Seasons of Love had snuck through from the late night shows and from the Tony's but it alone was my example of the show. Of course I had almost given up on ever seeing a performance until I heard they were filming it with a stellar director and much of the original cast.

And this afternoon I went. Go see it. It is amazing. I know I will be going back.

Seasons Of Love
525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life?
How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love.
Seasons of love.
525,600 minutes! 525,000 journeys to plan.
525,600 minutes - how can you measure the life of a woman or man?

In truths that she learned, or in times that he cried.
In bridges he burned, or the way that she died.

It's time now to sing out,
tho the story never ends let's celebrate remember a year in the life of friends.
Remember the love!
Remember the love! Remember the love!
Measure in love.
Seasons of love! Seasons of love.

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A taste of warmer weather on a cold winter day

Ok this morning it was snowing, which is enough to put me in an a pretty gray funk. But not so today. This afternoon I received an email from my favorite mail order that I have actually visited in their brick-and-morter form. If you are ever in Boulder CO you have to visit Into the Wind. It's not a huge fancy store but they do have lots of kites hanging from the ceiling and every kind of string and tail you can imagine.

I am a huge kit enthusiast. Normally I have a parafoil in the truckbox of my car and I travel with a similar one when the weather is nice. One of my favorite memories is sitting on a rock on the beach on Kauai HI and slowly trailing out about 1500 feet of string on a bright yellow and pink parafoil. Of course the bad part of that is rolling it all back up...but every fun thing has a downside.

So, as you can imagine, leafing through Into the Wind's catalogue, or linking through their website, is to me what seed catalogues are for gardeners. It's a way to forget about a gray indoor day and plan for the warmer weather that is to come. Oh well I've been known to fly kits in the winter too...assuming it's not toooo cold. A brightly colored kite just lifts the soul to the heavens.

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In your travels around the web would you keep an eye out for something for me?

I am looking for a couple, of course I would love to have a larger sample as well, of blogs written by males who have been blogging for say five to seven years and started when they were teens. Preferably young teens. I have a small but growing collection of blogs written by females who started when they were 13 or so and have been blogging ever since. Males blogs have proven to be harder to find, since most of the females have been found through "girls links" and no such obvious structure exists for boys. If you happen on to blogs that look like they meet this minimal criteria please email the addys to me. Thanks in advance.

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Indiana University, Bloomington
March 3-5. 2006



How can studies of IT in use become worldwide, cohesive endeavors? What are the opportunities and challenges in broadening the Informatics research agenda? We invite you to the Indiana University School of Informatics in Bloomington for a two-day conference to address these issues. The program will feature paragon research in globalizing research on information technology while addressing methodological pitfalls.


The conference will address IT globalism in four areas, two in methodology and two on cases. The areas of methodology are (1) historiography and (2) ethnography. Specific methodological issues include but are not limited to the following:

The two cases are (1) free/libre and open source software (F/LOSS) and (2) intellectual property rights. Again, possible presentation topics include but are not limited to ethnographic or historical research on:

You can participate in two ways: as a presenter/panelist or as a participant. All participation except for the opening plenary will be by invitation only; see the instructions below for submission procedures.


We invite submissions for papers on the four areas listed above. Submissions will be reviewed in two rounds: abstract and full paper rounds. We anticipate that abstracts that are accepted will normally lead to accepted full papers for inclusion in the conference.

December 5, 2005: Abstracts due (about 500 words)

December 15, 2005: Authors notified of conference response to abstract

February 1, 2006: Full papers due (to be made available at the conference)

In addition to the usual abstract content--an overview of the research problem, argument, evidence, and method--please also include a statement of how your work fits into the broader agenda of globalizing informatics research.

We anticipate conference papers will be published, either in a proceedings volume from Indiana University Press in a new series on Informatics or in a special journal issue-e.g., The Information Society. In addition to consideration as a panelist/presenter, abstract submission also ensures priority consideration for conference participation.


Because of space limitations, conference participation will be by invitation only. If you are interested in participating in the conference, please outline your interest in and perspective on making informatics research more global. Such expressions of interest should be about 200 words and should be submitted to David Hakken ([email protected]) by February 1, 2006.


Friday, March 3, 2006, 5 pm:

Opening Conference Plenary address by a distinguished globalization scholar and presentation of the position paper on Globalizing Informatics Research prepared by a subcommittee of the IU School of Informatics Globalization Committee.

Saturday, March 4, 2006:

9 am Opening case study panel (three presentations of 20-25 min, followed by discussion), on Intellectual Property Rights

10:30 Coffee

10:45 Workshops on issues in globalizing Informatics research, to be set up based on the substantive interests of conference participants.

12:15 Lunch (on participants' own)

2 pm Opening methodological panel (3 presentations) on Ethnographic Approaches

3:30 tea, sodas

3:45 Workshops on methodological issues.

5:15 adjourn for dinner (on participants' own)

Sunday, March 5, 2006

9 am Second case study panel On Free/Libre and Open Source Software

10: 30 break

10:45 Second methodological panel on Historical Approaches

12:15 Summary panel, on opportunities for globalizing research

1 pm conference adjourns

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Lois “is thankful for”...a meme

Well back in October I jumped on the "needs" meme...other wise known as "Lois needs." So just for thanksgiving I decided to take a new twist on an old meme. My search is for the following "Lois 'is thankful for.'" To have been selected, "Lois" must appear somewhere on the page and "is thankful for" must appear together on the same page. I skipped the ones that end up being thankful for people, using specific names, because those are highly personal. This is a theme analysis of sorts so I aggregated, or skipped according to how you want to look at it, like themes.

Just a note so some of the original material makes more sense...Lois' tend to be over 70 and avid (possibly even rabid) church goers, I - of course - am neither.

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First snow 2005

It's snowing! I'm going to run and hide because it is too early. Check out the pic of last years first looks exactly like this year's though maybe a bit more grey this year. Oh and last year we didn't get the first snow until the middle of December.

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November 22, 2005

It’s little things that can just make a grey day bright

After almost a month of struggling with the university's new online learning tool's testing facility, today I got a message saying they had solved the problem and I can access my classes midterms for final review. And you know what I can...though not without some problems which they now know about and are addressing. Who ever thought I would be so excited about grading...well me or anyone else for that matter. Oh I should add that once all the bugs are out of the new system I do think it will be seriously kick-ass.

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CFP - 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Management

To be held in the magnificant baroque World Heritage Site of the University of Greenwich, on the Thames in London, 1-2 August 2006, the 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Management will bring together academics, researchers, developers, practitioners and users in the areas of knowledge management and information processing. It will serve as a platform for networking, exchange of research ideas, practical applications and best practices.

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished work on all aspects of information and knowledge management. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Published proceedings drawn from full papers submitted by February 28, 2006 will be available at the conference. Presenters will have the opportunity to submit their papers for the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management.

For further details see

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Inter-discipline and it required?

Confessions of a Community College Dean has an excellent post that cuts to the heart of some of the issues/fears I and many of my colleagues share about in our upcoming (forth coming) job searches. In essence the issue is how to package ourselves so that departments see the value of interdisciplinarity rather then the fact that the peg doesn't fit squarely in the hole.

For myself I have been so lucky this year to spend time in a department were my weird and wacky view of the academic world, and disciplinary boundaries, has not only been accepted but has been nurtured. Nothing like having to tell you associate dean that you can't apply for the hefty university grant to do the cutting-edge-interdisciplinary project that for the last couple of years you've been dreaming of sinking your teeth into all because you simply have to finish quals...I could get used to this, I want to get used to this.

As Richard Bauman told me several years ago, "You have a healthy disrespect for disciplinary boundaries." I treasure that's true and it's healthy to boot. I think there is an academic home out there for me and for you as well...we just have to be honest about who we are and what environments help us to thrive, then look for those places.

Folks of an interdisciplinary bent seem to find homes on the extremes: either very large places, or very small ones. Very large ones often have 'centers' that focus on particular subject areas without disciplinary boundaries. Very small ones need people who can cover multiple fields, since they're so short-staffed. It's the mediocre middle that won't know what to do with you.

If you manage to break in, though, you will have a higher ceiling than your more traditional peers. Unlike most others, you'll be able to talk across fields. You'll have at least a glancing familiarity with the ways in which other disciplines see the world. Although you may have a hard time getting that first job, the path to management should be easier, if you should choose to take it.

(That's why so many baseball managers are former catchers. Broadly speaking, there are two camps in baseball: hitters and pitchers. Hitters don't understand or like pitchers, and pitchers don't understand or like hitters. Catchers have to understand and like both to succeed. Catchers aren't usually the star players, but they're disproportionately represented in managerial ranks, since they alone can talk across camps.)

In the short term, I'd recommend focusing on the extremes, and emphasizing range. Show the small school that can't hire very many people what a bargain it's getting by hiring someone with range. They tend to care less about fashion, anyway. At my old school, when I was on faculty, I taught courses in several different disciplines; that's what got me the job in the first place (and that exposure has been invaluable as an administrator). It will make for a tricky and often frustrating search, but the long-term payoff could be quite high. Good luck out there!

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A new version of the Weblog and Blog Bibliography

I finally pieced together enough time to do an update on the Weblog and Blog Bibliography (pdf). Check it out for a fairly up to date listing of blog articles, chapters, and books.

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CFP - 2006 iDMAa + IMS Conference

2006 iDMAa + IMS Conference
< CODE >
Human Systems | Digital Bodies

We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released. - Jean Houston

April 6-8, 2006 (pre-conference tutorials, April 5)
Miami University, Oxford, OH

The International Digital Media and Arts Association and Miami University's Center for Interactive Media Studies presents the 2006 iDMAa + IMS Conference. The conference's theme is built around an examination of the many codes that drive the digital media and arts world. The Conference will bring academics, artists, and industry representatives together to help define, refine and advance the leading edge of new media. This is the third annual iDMAa Conference and fifth annual IMS Conference.

The conference will include refereed paper presentations, panels, discussion workshops, gallery talks, and performances. Pre-conference, hands-on tutorials (free for iDMAa members) will begin on Wednesday, April 5th, 2006. The conference will begin on April 6th and end on April 8th. The conference will also include a juried exhibition and a vendor fair. This conference is sponsored and hosted in Oxford, Ohio by Miami University's Center for Interactive Media Studies.

Speakers include:
Proctor & Gamble Virtual Reality Research and Development
Mary Flanagan: Artist; Inventor-Designer-Activist, NYC; Professor + Director, Tiltfactor Research Group, Hunter College
Casey Reas: Software Artist, Designer, Co-creator of the Processing Programming Language and Environment; Assistant Professor Department of Design | Media Arts, UCLA
Josh Bodnar: Lead Editor / Associate Creative Director, Digital Kitchen, Seattle
Walter Edward Jones: Vice President, Consulting Services, Nth Degree LLC, Atlanta

Panels on:
Code as Art
Accreditation and iDMAa
New Media Law
Promotion & Tenure in Interactive Media Studies
Conference Tracks

Track One: Art Code | Code Art
Sample Topics: Algorithmic Art, Software Art, Net Art, Installation Art, Physic Computing, Sonic Art, Interactive Design and Development

Track Two: Academic Code
Sample Topics: Curriculum Development, Promotion & Tenure, Program Development, Pedagogy, Technical Support and Funding, Inter-Institutional Collaboration, Digital Film
Schools, Classroom and Lab Exemplars, eTextbooks

Track Three: Image Code
Sample Topics: Digital Photography, Digital Imaging as Art, 3-D Modeling, Digital Printing, Medical Imaging, Commercial Design, Installation, Digital Painting

Track Four: Time-Based Code
Sample Topics: Digital Video, Flash, Processing, Distance Collaboration/Performance, Animation, Film, Interactive

Track Five: Cultural Code
Sample Topics: Network Culture and Complexity/Change, Philosophy, Digital Identity

Track Six: Legal Code
Sample Topics: Copyright, Legal Issues for Artists, P2P File Sharing, Open Source, Creative Commons

Track Seven: Semiotic Code & Storytelling
Sample Topics: Digital Narrative, Digital Asset Management, Still Image as Narrative, Semantic Web

Track Eight: Commercial Code
Sample Topics: Mobile Media, Emerging Technologies, Business Applications

Track Nine: Game Code
Sample Topics: Serious games, artistic games, commercial games, games as pedagogy, analysis of games

For conference and registration information: < /CODE >

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November 21, 2005

A Monday night meme

Shamelessly stolen from Elijah. The top 20 geek novels, ones I've read are in bold.

  1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (One of my favorite books/series of all time. Do you have your towel?)
  2. 1984 -- George Orwell
  3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick
  5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson
  6. Dune -- Frank Herbert
  7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov
  8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
  9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett
  10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
  11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson
  12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
  14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks
  15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein
  16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick
  17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman
  18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson
  19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
  20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham

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November 19, 2005

Saturday at NCA 2005

Well I got to start out today in one of the best ways possible, I had breakfast with a friend. Then I went to two sessions, I only have notes from one to share. For the other it was more of a data panel so it was mostly group participation with no presentations.

Remember these are pretty disjointed notes.

Sponsor: Human Communication and Technology Division
Chair: Rodney Keith Marshall, Eastern Illinois University

"The Phantom Re-Edit: Digitally (Re)produced Texts as Tactical Resistance of Popular Culture." Charles E. Soukup, University of Northern Colorado
"Rethinking Textuality on the Web: Meanings through Citation." Christopher A. Paul, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
"Electronic Memorable Messages: An Examination the Content, Use, and Impact of the Messages Attached to E-mail Signatures." Stephen Rains, University of Texas, Austin; Geoffrey R. Tumlin, University of Texas, Austin; Mark L. Knapp, University of Texas, Austin
"Without Borders: Media Elision in Empire, or the Anxious (Il)logic of Convergent Mediation." Marc D. Leverette, Colorado State University
"Healthy Genre Systems for a Genre Transplanted to the Web." John B. Killoran, University of Colorado, Denver

Respondent: Davis A. Foulger, State University of New York, Oswego

I missed Charles Soukup's presentation so no notes. The first paper I saw was Christopher Paul's, he pointed me to his recent First Monday paper for more info.

Rethinking Textuality on the Web: Meanings through Citation

Electronic Memorable Messages: An Examination the Content, Use, and Impact of the Messages Attached to E-mail Signatures

Without Borders: Media Elision in Empire, or the Anxious (Il)logic of Convergent Mediation

Healthy Genre Systems for a Genre Transplanted to the Web


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I so don’t get link rankings

Ok I so don't get how this works...but it's kinda cool. From the bottom to the top in 1-day. LOL I should write a book.

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November 18, 2005

Friday at NCA 2005

I didn't hit as many sessions today, but the ones I did see were well worth it. First I spent some time with the Symbolic Interactionalists.

Sponsor: Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
Chair: Elaine Jenks, West Chester University

"Funerals as Parasocial Performance." Terri Toles-Patkin, Eastern Connecticut State University
"Cameras in Court: An Utilitarian Ethical Approach." Kylie Greene, University of Northern Iowa
"'A Tear among the Raindrops': A Comparative Study of Ecosystems and Interpersonal Relationships." Cara T. Mackie, University of South Florida
"Over the One-China Policy: The Negotiation of Direct Flights between China and Taiwan." Yi-Hsuan Lee, University of Northern Iowa
"Revisiting the Concept of Touch: Modes in Tactile Communication across Cultures." Kyle Ryan, Western Michigan University

Respondent: Shing-Ling S. Chen, University of Northern Iowa

My notes are pretty scattered, more so than yesterday. But either way they are as follows:

Funerals as Parasocial Performance

Over the One-China Policy: The Negotiation of Direct Flights between China and Taiwan

Revisiting the Concept of Touch: Modes in Tactile Communication across Cultures

It's probably no big surprise that semiotics fascinates me. I think Wilma is right, it is at the core of much of what I do. I just wish I understood it better, I have not yet had that defining moment when I can see the matrix. Panels like this make me aware of two things 1) I need so much more philosophy under my belt, and 2) it will take years of thought to gain a grasp on the topic.

Sponsor: Semiotics and Communication Division
Chair: Corey Anton, Grand Valley State University

"Embodiment in the Semiotic Phenomenological Matrix of Discourse." Isaac E. Catt, Millersville University
"Veiled Others in the Work of Frantz Fanon and Fatima Mernissi." Mary Ann T. McHugh, Arizona State University
"From Rationalization to Incantation: A Semiotic Phenomenology of Advertising." Kevin C. Williams, Shepherd University

Respondent: Gary Radford, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Embodiment in the Semiotic Phenomenological Matrix of Discourse

From Rationalization to Incantation: A Semiotic Phenomenology of Advertising

This evening there was a panel devoted to youth and media, of course I had to attend that one. Especially since Susannah Stern was presenting. I think Susannah and I do very similar work from a developmental perspective. I should note that one of the great things about this panel was that each was based in a developmental perspective...yah baby.

Sponsor: Mass Communication Division
Chair: Kristen S. Harrison, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

"Longitudinal Support for the Scope of Self Model of Media Effects." Kristen S. Harrison, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Associations between Media Use and Young Adults' Perceptions of First Intercourse." L. Monique Ward, University of Michigan; Laura Averitt, University of Michigan
"Forging Identities in a New Land: Immigrant Teen Girls and Media Practice." Jean R. Steele, University of St. Thomas
"Identity Exploration during Emerging Adulthood: The Role Blogs Can Play." Susannah R. Stern, University of San Diego

Longitudinal Support for the Scope of Self Model of Media Effects

Associations between Media Use and Young Adults' Perceptions of First Intercourse

Forging Identities in a New Land: Immigrant Teen Girls and Media Practice

Identity Exploration during Emerging Adulthood: The Role Blogs Can Play

p.s. For the papers for which I don't have specific notes it is usually because it was to dense for me to keep up in any sensible fashion. Those, are very specifically, the presentations I hope become published articles.

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November 17, 2005

Thursday at NCA 2005

Today was a very full day of sessions. I started out at 8:00 am with:

Sponsor: Performance Studies Division
Chair: Devika Chawla, Ohio University

Rukhsana Ahmed, Ohio University
Min Wha Han, Ohio University
Stephanie Young, Ohio University

Respondent: Bernadette Marie Calafell, Syracuse University

This panel engages the conference theme of gauging the health of Performance Studies by offering intriguing mestiza performances which address Victor Turner's (1987) notion of liminality in newer ways. The panel includes fresh voices engaging for the first time, their own ideas of the 'betwixt and between' emphasized by Turner as the necessary ingredient of all social processes. The liminal identities enacted in these papers come from everywhere, nowhere, and elsewhere.

Like yesterday I have a list of short phrases and keywords I will be thinking about. I keep sharing them with you though I'm not sure they really mean anything to anyone else.

At 9:30 it was a really good session but I don't have many notes to share. Mostly I enjoyed watching the presentations and learned from their styles.

Sponsor: Ethnography Division
Chair: Patricia Sotirin, Michigan Technological University

"An Ethnography of Journalism: How Routines, Conventions and Ideology Play a Role in the Production of News." Ferruh Yilmaz, University of California, San Diego
"If You Say it, They Will Come: Hailing Hantu (ghosts) in Malay Interactional Working Consensuses." Cheryl Nicholas, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
"Smile! You're on Stage!: A Dramaturgical Analysis of a Hair Salon." Matthew S. Vorell, University of Colorado, Boulder
"Team Performance in a Family Restaurant: Doing Front Work on the Dramaturgical Stage." Bob M. Gassaway, University of New Mexico

Respondent: Jennifer L. Adams, DePauw University

At 11:00 am I changed pace and went to a session on children. I was particularly interested in the teenagers online paper.


Sponsor: Applied Communication Division
Chair: Patricia Amason, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

"Teenage Girls and Information Communication Technologies: and Its Members." C. Kay Weaver, University of Waikato
"The Role of Development Support Communication in Preventive Programs for the Street-children Problem in Brazil: A Case Study of Axe and Baguncaco." Juliana Maria da Silva, Howard University
"The Social Construction of Teasing." Carol B. Mills, University of Alabama
"Democracy, Dialogue, and Education: A Case Study of Conflict Resolution Education at Jefferson Junior High." Alane K. Smith, Ohio University; Lynn M. Harter, Ohio University

Respondent: Alice Crume, Kent State University, Tuscarawas

I found this panel very frustrating for two reasons, first, the respondent and some of the panelists seemed to take the point of view that face-to-face is the appropriate communication form and electronic is somewhat less. It's an old canard and I'm basically tired of it. Would they apply the same logic to telephone communication? I doubt it. Second there was a significant lack of understanding of child/adolescent development. I'm always amazed to hear presentations where someone says they have found something significant in their research when, in fact, they have only proven that child/adolescent development stages are a fact.

Well at 12:30 p.m. I had the pleasure of attending a nearly perfect panel.

Sponsor: Ethnography Division
Chair: Keith Berry, University of Wisconsin, Superior

"Every Garden Needs Some Tilling: Rigor, Critique, and Subjective 'Dirty Work' in the Craft of Autoethnography." Sarah Amira De la Garza, Arizona State University
"The Problem with Critiquing 'Auto': An Uncertain Nature of Emergent Ethnographic Identity." Keith Berry, University of Wisconsin, Superior
"The Reflexive Selves: Traversing Subjectivity, Representation, and Interpretation." Devika Chawla, Ohio University
"(Re)Marking (on) the Need for (My)Self in Research Studying Difference(s)." John T. Warren, Bowling Green State University

Respondent: Robin P. Clair, Purdue University

What made is perfect is that each paper was very strong on its own and then built well on the other papers in the panel. My hat is off to Keith for arranging a great panel.

Here are my phrases and keywords from this set of presentations:

At 2:00 p.m. I tried to hit this panel:

Sponsors: Performance Studies Division, Ethnography Division
Chair: John T. Warren, Bowling Green State University

Frederick C. Corey, Arizona State University
Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University
Della Pollock, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
D. Soyini Madison, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
John T. Warren, Bowling Green State University

The panelists brought together here represent only a few of the voices that have continued to develop and stretch the boundaries of performance ethnography research. Each has published in the area and continues to add a distinctive voice to the field. Together, these performance scholars can represent and craft a vision not only for where we are as an area of study, but imagine together a vision and future.

The room was completely full before I got there. After two panels people were smashed in fairly tight. The two papers I heard were excellent but I couldn't hack the press of the audience so I left, visited with Kaye Trammell for a bit, and got a very late lunch. Then I called it a conference day so I could work on grading and other stuff.

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November 16, 2005

Historical Ethnography, NCA Pre-Conference

Today was the NCA Thematic Pre-Conference, Historical Ethnography: Bringing Cultures from the Past into the Present through Archival Resources sponsored by the Ethnography Division of NCA. I've been looking forward to this preconference and the presentations were as good as I had hoped. I don't have tons of notes from the presentations but gathered lots of short phrases to work and think through.

Peter Christopher Pehrson, Written By Hand Manuscript Americana Yale
Nick L. Trujillo, California State University, Sacramento
Harold Lloyd [Bud] Goodall, Arizona State University
Robert L. Krizek, Saint Louis University
Robin P. Clair, Purdue University

The first presenter was Peter Christian Pehrson, who provided the attendees with a hardcopy of his paper. I'm very glad he did so as he included some very substantive quotes I want to investigate. I will share first one the quotations he read that resonated with me. Taken from - Ames, Kenneth (1992). Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

All people have, to varying degrees, outer lives and inner lives. Outer lives are objective facts and, like most facts, have limited meaning by themselves. Inner lives are subjective realities, difficult if not impossible to access. But within these subjective realities lie the keys to interpreting and making meaning of the outer life. The critical point is that ...[no] objects have fixed meaning. People make meanings - both knowable and unknowable - with, through, and about things... Cultures are not organic or natural. They do not flower and die. They are artifact products of artifice. They are constructed by people, and after a time, they are demolished and abandoned by those people or, more likely, those who follow them. Sometimes, the end of the culture is catastrophic. More often, it is gradual and prolonged and so, historians have difficulty determining when one culture eclipsed another. (pp. 183-184)

My other notes from the paper are fragmentary as I mentioned earlier, but here they are:

Then we heard from H. L. (Bud) Goodall discussing the methodology and historical hunt that lead to his upcoming book A Need to Know (March 2006). The work hinges on his search for the truth of his father's life as a CIA spy, a life he didn't know about until after his fathers death. I heard Bud present some of this material at last years NCA in Chicago and I was fascinated. Part of the work is undergirded by the secrets that families keep and the communal lies they tell, as the child of a family that has many secrets and more than a few lies this is a topic to which I can relate. Bud talked about the process of gaining access to information about his father, including the variety of channels that had to be accessed, and the roadblocks he reached and how some of them were circumvented. It is a fascinating story that I can't wait to read...wish Amazon had pre-order available for this one.

My fragments for Bud's presentation include:

Next we Nick Trujillo who discussed his book In Search of Naunny's Grave: Age, Class, Gender and Ethnicity in an American Family. He also told us about his current work which looks at his wife Leah's death, in December 2004, from ovarian cancer. Leah is the co-author having provided a series of audio tapes discussing her experiences.

I have one note from Nick's presentation which has to do with the family discussions he shared that had grown out of the publication of the book about his grandmother. Discussions on the construction of "grandmother," and the place of women in Hispanic families.

Robert (Bob) L. Krizek talked about his work in "non-routine public events" such as baseball stadium closings. In some ways his work is most similar to mine, of this group of presenters. Bob talked about "people as archives" something I have thought a lot about in connection to diaries and diary keeping. He calls this "excavating narrative." And he said his personal interest is in the "pure story," something I can totally identify with.

Bob also mentioned that he was introduced to some of the methods he uses from an article he read in grad school, citation follows:

Finally Robin Clair ended the panel discussing her fictional/ethnographic work with the Cherokee of North Carolina. In particular she looks at her families hidden narratives related to her Cherokee great-great-grandmother. Robin's work is interesting to listen to because of the fictional dialogue. A very different format than my research or actually any of the internet research I have run across.

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CFP - Narrative Matters 2006

NARRATIVE MATTERS 2006: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Narrative Research, Perspectives, Approaches, and Issues Across the Humanities and Social Sciences

THEME: The Storied Nature of Human Experience: Fact and Fiction
DATES: May 25-27, 2006
DEADLINE for proposals: Dec. 15, 2005
LOCATION: Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Robyn Fivush, Samuel Chandler Dobbs Professor of Psychology, Emory University, "Memory and Narrative, Self and Voice"
R. Murray Schafer, Composer, "And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon: The collective creation of a myth"
Bob Barton, Storyteller, "Making Stories Happen"

The inaugural Narrative Matters conference in 2002 drew 200 participants; the second in 2004 increased to 300. We now are calling for papers and proposals for the third conference in 2006. Our aim is to provide a forum for conversation among theorists, students, researchers, and practitioners using narrative perspectives in such diverse fields as literature, the social sciences, education, journalism, healthcare, psychology, history, and the fine arts.

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in narrative modes of thought and expression. The Narrative Turn has influenced the humanities, the social sciences, and the health sciences. The third Narrative Matters conference, to be held at Acadia in 2006, will explore current ideas about narrative - or story - in various aspects of human experience.

Proposals are invited for papers, presentations, symposia or posters on a variety of topics from narrative in fiction to narrative modes of understanding human experience. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on topics that might include (but are not limited to) the following:

* The place of story in education, literature, politics, religion and the media
* Narrative and diversity (e.g., culture, ethnicity, gender, age)
* Collecting and analyzing stories as data in qualitative research
* Narrative perspectives on memory, identity, and community
* Narratives in therapeutic processes and relationships
* Narratives of place

Proposals, and the presentations themselves, can be in either English or French. Les propositions, ainsi que les communications elles-mêmes, peuvent être en anglais ou en français.


For More Information:
Pat O'Neill
Phone: (902) 542-7533
E-mail: [email protected]

Related post: CFP - The Society for Text and Discourse

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CFP - The Society for Text and Discourse

Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Society
Minneapolis, MN
July 13-15, 2006

The Society for Text and Discourse will hold its Sixteenth Annual Meeting at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, from Thursday through Saturday, July 13-15, 2006.

The specific aim of this conference will be to bring together behavioral scientists with scholars who are traditionally more focused on the structure of language, text, and discourse. One interest that many of these structure-oriented researchers share is their concern with the function, context, and process of language use. We therefore invite proposals for papers and symposia in this general area. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 1, 2006.

The Conference Site including the Call for Papers and Travel Information is located at

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November 15, 2005

A beautiful view and a good meal

After a long day of travel, full of weather delays, to get to Boston for the National Communication Association Conference it was great to open the hotel room curtains and look at the view. Sorry none of my pictures came out, to much reflection on the glass even when the room is totally dark. Take my word for it it's pretty. So I ordered room service and enjoyed my quiet table for one.

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November 14, 2005


After days of thinking and reading and writing this iteration of the project is done. One more review and the whole thing is off for the CFP. Cross your fingers through the holidays, I should know if it's been provisionally accepted in January.

Final count with abstract, appendix (draft section), reference list, endnotes = 25 pages.

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My day of Feedsterization

From 10:00 a.m. on Sunday November 13 until 12:00 p.m. Monday November 14, 2005 was listed as the Feedster XML feed of the day. It has been interesting to watch the visit rates during this period, the site had multiple visitors every hour with the exception of 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. EST. Why those two hours EST? Your guess is as good as mine.

I did a quick graph, what can I say I was done writing, that shows the visits and total pages. So as you would expect people visit and a very few dig deeper to view other pages on the site. Probably even fewer of them make return visits but only time will tell on that one.

Related Post:
Thanks Feedster and welcome

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Do Not Fear the Blog

This morning's quick reading of feeds brought me a Chronicle of Higher Education story, Do Not Fear the Blog, I so want to comment on it but I don't have time to do so today. So consider this a combination Upcoming Post Announcement and bookmark.

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November 13, 2005

Thanks Feedster and welcome

Have you ever just looked at a webpage not really seeing it and then suddenly it hits you between the eyes? Well visits and pages for prolurker have been going through the roof today. Which, in truth is eye catching since it's a Sunday and usually Sunday's are the sites slowest days.

So I decided to do some investigation to see what was up. I checked the logs and referrers, nothing jumped out at me as being a cause. I even ran a couple of Google searches to see if anything I had mentioned today might have put me on the top of some search list, but nothing was there.

Then while checking the Feedster page for the second time, zoning out cause it's late, and it suddenly jumped out at me, Professional-Lurker is their XML feed of the day. I've been Feedstered! LOL Way cool.

So welcome to those of you who are checking out the site for the first time. Hope to see you back again in the future.

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Two days and counting down

Well I had more written and my computer locked up and I lost it. *sigh* Frustration. Think I'll take a break and either write more later or tackle it all in the morning.

I probably should add that this submission is by page length rather than word count. With a couple of their required features I'm very close to their lower limit at the moment. So my earlier posts using 5,000 words were just a target...not the actual requirement.

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Finally deep fall has come

The weather prediction says that only one night out of the next ten will be above 34 F, so it's time to bring in the house plants. I think this is the latest I have ever had them outside. I usually aim for Halloween and rarely make it. To make it to almost the middle of November is pretty wild. I hope that doesn't mean we are in for a rough winter. But then again we survived 24 plus inches in one storm last winter so I guess we can do almost anything. Well let's hope it doesn't get really cold since heating oil prices are going through the roof.

Related posts:

Have you ever wondered what 30 inches of snow on the ground looks like?
Christmas Snow 2004 - post 2
Christmas Snow 2004 - post 1

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A couple of days ago a question about rolled across the Association of Internet Researchers listserv. I had never heard of the site so I quickly checked it out. Well I'm not much of friend of a friend (FOAF) sites, I belong to many of them and try to keep up with what they are doing, on a purely meta level, but have never really grown fond of the technology. Guess I'm a romantic at heart, like that is news, I spend so much time in my research venues that I simply have to love them or I don't want to work there every day.

But is different. Instead of the quasi human ranking that goes with many of the FOAF sites, this one is about music. I quickly downloaded the plug-ins and have been logging my music to their website. This is fun. Plus I can scan other lists and groups for new music, some with downloads most without. Personally without download is fine with me. Gets us away from all those nasty copyright and ethical issues.

You can check out the prolurker music list and find that I've been listing to celtic music while I write so what you will learn about me is that I listened to The Chieftains most over the last couple of days. This happens because The Chieftains have more albums than anyone else. The Chieftains experiment a lot which I like. LOL Take a look at their web url and you can guess how long their site has been online. The list is also linked from the right sidebar under Music I may be listening to.

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I'm now an Anconia RocketPost user

Yesterday I paid my money to buy a professional copy of Anconia RocketPost. I've played with the trial version for a couple of weeks now and really like it. Plus I've traded emails with the programmer on a issues and have been impressed with the response.

The professional version allows me to run any number of blogs on any number of CMS. Which is important since shortly I will have three blogs on two different platforms. I run a small blog for my religious community, small and not very well kept of late. Plus shortly, as in within the next two weeks, will be moving to a new host and will be transformed from a static site to an MT weblog. I'm mostly looking forward to that being done as I will have to do a lot of data entry to finish the move.

If you are running a single blog check out the Home version which is a bit less expensive. Oh and if you have a Blogger blog they have a free version of RocketPost for you.

Related Posts:

My 1000th post
Why I'm sticking with WB Editor as a blog client

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Peter Drucker Dies at 95

In my last professional life Peter Drucker was one of the gurus whose work I sought out to inform and guide my actions. Drucker was a god in the field of business management and knowledge management, maybe the only true one in that so many business gurus are carbon copys of someone else. Here is a link to his grandson's post on Druckers passing. (link found via .:| randgaenge |:.)

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November 12, 2005

A good day of writing

A good day of writing. I'm almost there, maybe another 750 words or so and this one will be nailed. *S* Life is good. LOL Now just have to finish it and pull together my NCA presentation before I head for the airplane on Tuesday.

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Universal Packing List

The Photoethnography blog has a link to the Universal Packing List which looks like a helpful little JavaScript to create a packing list. Elegant and simple. While it might not include everything you think you need it does look like it gets to the heart of what is required.

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November 11, 2005

A Writing Day

Well I made some significant inroads on this paper. I began by reorganizing what I organized yesterday, taking out all of the new material and placing it in outside files for later inclusion. What can I say yesterday it seemed like a good idea to have it all in the master file but then I slept on it, and reviewed the submission instructions. So I am back to a 5,000 word goal, rather than the 8,410 shown in yesterday's post. This does make reporting counts to you neater, but now I have multiple files to track. Thank the gods for UltraRecall.

p.s. Because I can't remember exactly what I included in yesterday's count I am working from Monday's count, so the increase should be spread over two days not just one.

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The most beautiful cows on the planet live in Ireland?

Sarah dear Sarah, this is a Holstein heifer. Come visit us at the farm and I'll show you hundreds of them, steers too. Holsteins are the most common dairy cattle in the world. Of course the ones here in Southern Indiana aren't grazing next to an Irish shore but than you did say it was the critter that was pretty, not the local. LOL

Related posts (which prove I know my dairy cattle):
Traders Point Creamery
Exploring the Big Island

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Why bloggers tag

Mary Hodder at Napsterization has a post on Tagging by Bloggers, a Small Study. Of course this caught my eye since I have pretty conflicted feelings on this avenue of organization. See what you think.

Those interviewed talked about the following that would help them tag or cause them to want to tag when they were not doing so now:

1. A desire to create tags in their blogging software in similar ways to how they create 'categories' -- meaning they wanted to use a pulldown menu or something with similar ease, to quickly tag a post. This included the desire to have tags be invisible on their blog pages, as some of them have invisible categories in their posts. Some of those with invisible categories at the post level still have category searches visible at the sidebar level of their blogs. They would be interested in showing tags at the sidebar location, if they choose. But all felt these choices of visibility and invisibility at various points in their blog posts and overall blogs should be left to them as it is now with categories, and those choices should not bar them from participating in Technorati's tag program.

2. These bloggers rarely added new categories to their blogs, and saw the value of having large buckets to categorize their posts, and didn't want to add new categories all the time. Partly this was due to how difficult the software make it to add categories, and partly this was due to seeing in practice that there was value to 'large bucket' categories, and 'little context' tags. These small tags were desirable because they could be applied to a post on just one time, but categories would come up at least every few days.

3. These bloggers all understood the meaning of a link in their posts. They knew the value of those links, and thought carefully about where they pointed in posts before doing so. They did not like being forced to put a link to something in their tags, if they were not so inclined. They would prefer to have the choice to make a link or not make a link, depending on the circumstances of the post.

4. If a link was placed in a tag, at their choosing, they wanted more flexibility to choose where the link went, beyond Technorati's tags pages, Flickr or Many did not like that in order to make the tag, they had to place a link, and then because they wanted to make links that 'made sense' to their readers (the links would 'go somewhere'), they felt forced to repeatedly link to these same couple of sites. Some wanted to be able to easily make their 'own tag pages.' Some wanted to be able to link to other places besides tagging sites, that had some meaning to them. And some asked to be able to link somewhere, and tag the link, and have that be understood to their readers and the systems that would pick up those tags.

5. A little less than half of these bloggers asked to be able to tag a specific object in their blog posts. They regularly posted photos, either their own, or brought in some code from another site to repost the photo, with or without text around that photo. They wanted to be able to tag just the photo in their post, but tag the post at the bottom of the post, following Technorati's directions for tagging.

6. A couple of the respondents said they would like to be able to tag comments from readers of their blogs, and they might consider, if they have registered commenters, allowing those commenters to tag posts, objects or other comments as well.

7. All of them liked the idea that tagging would allow them to participate in a community, but they wanted to control that participation themselves, at the publishing level of a post.

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CFP - Images and Communities

Images and Communities - Methodological Issues and Empirical Analysis of Mediated Societies At the Conference Media and Money, Helsinki 3-4 February 2005.

In this panel we want to provide a forum for a discussion of the methodological issues involved in empirical analysis of the linkage between images and community. We are not particularly interested in the image as an artefact, but rather in the image as a social relationship. The focus is on the role of mediated images and their alleged capacity to constitute communities of viewers in times when the conditions of late modernity undermine more conventional forms of bonding. The panel invites systematic reflection on methodological and conceptual issues. Proposals from non mainstream and non established perspectives are especially encouraged

Topics include, but are not limited to:
Concept development and the nature of evidence
Narrative epistemology
Communities in media age
Mapping who is doing what, where and how in research
Empirical research and post modern epistemologies: mission impossible?
The society of spectacle, global capitalism and information & communication technology
From the stone to the screen: notes for a short history in the uses of public communication

Submissions are considered for three types of presentations. Regular presentations - paper of 7000-8000 words, 20 minutes presentation, Round table presentations - position paper of 1000 words, 5-10 minutes Presentation "in absence" - regular paper not exceeding 7000-8000 words sent for circulation among participants. Authors will receive feedback after the conference. All the accepted papers will be considered for publication.

Abstracts should be sent to: Matteo Stocchetti at [email protected] or Johanna Sumiala-Seppänen at [email protected] by 1st December, and a copy to [email protected]

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Sushi emoticons

Got a great email this morning with the following "new" emoticons to add to the collection:

(&) ebi
(%) california roll (or spider roll... from the top)
(|) tamago
(||) unagi

Thanks Elijah and laugh of the day I bet.

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New JCMC edition online

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) is available at:

The regular quarterly issue is accompanied by special theme issue: Culture and Computer-Mediated Communication from Guest Editors, Charles Ess and Fay Sudweeks

Two for the price! Gotta love online journals.

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CFP - SALSA 2006


The Symposium About Language and Society-Austin is pleased to announce its 14th Annual Meeting to be held April 7-9, 2006 at the University of Texas at Austin. We encourage the submission of abstracts on research that addresses the relationship of language to culture and society. Desired frameworks include but are not limited to:

Linguistic Anthropology
Ethnography of Communication
Language and Identity
Speech Play, Verbal Art, and Poetics
Language, Media, and Technology
Language and Social Interaction
Discourse Analysis & Conversation Analysis
Language Vitality
Language Socialization
Gesture and Talk in Interaction
Language and Politics

Kira Hall, University of Colorado at Boulder
John Haviland, Reed College
Susan Herring, Indiana University
Qing Zhang, University of Texas at Austin

Papers delivered at the conference will be published as a special edition of the Texas Linguistic Forum. Speakers will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Papers will be selected on the basis of a blind review process.

Please send submissions to SALSA 2006 through the online submission form on the SALSA web page. All submissions must include TWO abstracts: An extended abstract not to exceed 4,100 characters and spaces (approximately 600 words), including references and examples; and a shorter abstracts not to exceed 1,100 spaces and characters (approximately 150 words). Please note that the online submission form does not accept special formatting or text such as IPA. Only electronic submissions sent through our online form will be accepted. The abstract submission system will be available beginning November 22, 2005. Each person is limited to ONE submission as the primary author; multiple submissions by the same first author will not be accepted.

Visit the SALSA web page for submission guidelines and conference details and to submit your abstract:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is Tuesday, JANUARY 17, 2006. Late submissions will not be accepted, and we cannot accept papers that are to be published elsewhere. Notification of acceptance will be sent in mid-February 2006. Pre-registration fees will be $25 for students and $50 for non-students, and on-site registration fees will be $30 for students and $60 for non-students.

Contact us at: SALSA
University of Texas at Austin
Department of Linguistics
1 University Station Stop B5100
Austin TX 78712-0198
email: [email protected]

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November 10, 2005

Barry Smith, Biomedical Ontologies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Colloquia

Yesterday I attended a colloquia by Barry Smith, Ph.D. Biomedical Ontologies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Smith is Julian Park Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in the University at Buffalo (New York, USA) and Director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science in Saarbrücken, Germany. His talk focused on his work with the new National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR).

Ontologies fascinate me, the balancing between developing detailed structures that define their field clearly while remaining flexible enough to allow for new unseen definitions is a huge intellectual undertaking. I can see why a philosophers would be draw to the work.

I was particularly taken with Smith's discussion of terminology used to define relationships in biomedical ontologies. I scribbled down a quick sample of the terms his group is using and will be playing with them in my own thinking about CMC, wish I could have grabbed all of them. Here's my very partial list:





I am totally in learner space here, and will have to explore my surroundings more thoroughly at some point.

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Virtual march to Stop Global Warming

Pop over to Stop Global Warming and register as my friend to participate in the virtual march.

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Responses I owe

Today it's preying on my mind that I owe responses to a couple of people and that they will have to wait a touch longer while I finish this paper. First I owe a long response email to my friend John, I'm a putz but than you know that. I plan to sit down on the plane next week and write out a nice long email for you while I wing my way to cold Boston. Should keep we warm for the flight "being in the company" of a friend.

Second I owe a response post in my dialogue with Wil at Weblogg-ed, no I'm not avoiding it I just haven't had enough time to sit down and pull together my thoughts for a good response. It may be the middle of next week before this gets done, which in blog years is forever, but it is how it is.

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Welcome to DAI527.1 Web Design students

Apparently prolurker is a blog design example for Paul Catanese's Web Design class at San Francisco State University. I hope it's a good design example and not a bad one. *crosses her fingers*

I'll be sure to let Julie, the actual designer behind this layout, and the Bona Fide Style group know that you have selected her work as an example for your class. Welcome to all of you.

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Writing, writing, writing

Thursday's always seem to be a bit lost, after teaching two labs and a lecture on Wednesday evening. I decided to get some work done on the paper today even if it wasn't earth shattering. As I write this the counter says my deadline is 5D : 7H : 9M :36S away. This is my last known deadline for 2005, no other conferences or publications are due until after the first of the year.

I added material in so that my new word count looks a bit odd for a day that I'm saying hasn't been extremely productive so far. Consider it a new baseline.

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Indiana Creates First Gender Studies Ph.D.

Sometime there are drawbacks to not reading your campus newspaper regularly. It seems that Indiana Univerisity's Board of Directors approved the creation of the first Gender Studies Ph.D. in the United States. OUTSTANDING! The focus is in all of them...which is very cool. Inside Higher Ed has the story, Indiana Creates First Gender Studies PH.D.

[Suzanna Danuta Walters, chair of the program] expects to have about seven students admitted in the fall, with five to seven students following each year. Asked if she expects to have more men -- as students and faculty members -- than a women's studies Ph.D. program would, she said, "there's no question about it," adding that the department's undergraduate program attracts both male and female students with courses on topics such as masculinity and "gender in all of its permutations."

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Thinker quiz, a balanced result

Thinker quiz, apparently I test out as Renaissancely balanced.

Some people have a strong preference for one style of thinking, and find some skills come more naturally than others. Other people tend to adopt different thinking styles in different situations.

This test gives you an idea of what your current thinking style or styles are. But remember - the brain is a very adaptive organ. You should be able to improve your performance in any one of these categories with practice.

The Renaissance ideal

The leading thinkers of the Renaissance were not just experts in their own field. The renaissance scholar was expected to master all branches of knowledge.

With his insatiable desire to know everything, Leonardo da Vinci is often held up as the ideal Renaissance man.

You are an Interpersonal Thinker

Like interpersonal thinkers, Leonardo had lots of friends and contacts, and was a popular figure at the Italian court.

Interpersonal thinkers:

* Like to think about other people, and try to understand them

* Recognise differences between individuals and appreciate that different people have different perspectives

* Make an effort to cultivate effective relationships with family, friends and colleagues

Other Interpersonal thinkers include

Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, William Shakespeare

Careers which suit Interpersonal thinkers include

Politician, Psychologist, Nurse, Counsellor, Teacher

You are an Intrapersonal thinker

Like intrapersonal thinkers, Leonardo worked hard to improve all aspects of himself.

Intrapersonal thinkers:

* Spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to understand themselves

* Reflect on their thoughts and moods, and work to improve them

* You understand how your behaviour affects your relationships with others

Other Intrapersonal thinkers include

Sigmund Freud, Gandhi, Grahame Greene

Careers which suit Intrapersonal Thinkers include

Psychologist, Teacher, Pilot, Child care worker, Explorer, Drama therapist

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November 09, 2005



The International Center for Qualitative Inquiry (IAQI) is pleased to announce the annual Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award, for excellence in qualitative research in a doctoral dissertation. This award will be made at the Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI 2006). At the same time, QI 2006 continues to welcome submission of papers and panels at

Eligible dissertations will use and advance qualitative methods to investigate any topic.

An award of $500 will be given to the winner. All doctoral candidates are eligible, provided they have successfully defended their proposals prior to January 1, 2006, and will defend their final dissertation by April 1, 2006. Receiving or being considered for other awards does not preclude a student from applying for this award. Applications are due February 1, 2006. The 2006 award will be made at the annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry meeting in May, 2006. This will be an annual award.

Applicants should submit four (4) copies of the following:

€A letter indicating interest in the award that includes the applicant's name, address, university, telephone number(s), e-mail address, department, date of dissertation proposal defense, and current status of the dissertation.

€A letter from the applicant's dissertation advisor/chair recommending the applicant's work for the award and verifying the date of the dissertation proposal defense.

€A research description of no more than five (5) double-spaced pages: approximately two pages of introduction and theory, two pages on the methodology, and one page on the significance of the work. Finalists may be asked to submit their full proposal or additional information at a later date.

€One chapter and a table of contents from the dissertation.

€Finalists may be asked to submit their full dissertation after the first round of adjudication, closer to the competition closing date.

Applications are now being accepted. Submissions should be sent to:

Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award Committee
The Center for Qualitative Inquiry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gregory Hall, Rm. 229 (mc-463)
810 South Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

For further information email [email protected] or visit

DEADLINE: February 1, 2006

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A special issue of Social Science Computer Review will highlight advances in computer-supported analysis of texts and images. Contributors are encouraged to submit original research that demonstrates innovative applications of computer-supported content analysis; review essays on tools, trends, and techniques in computer-supported content analysis; and articles that consider important theoretical and methodological issues relevant in computer-supported content analysis. Papers from a broad range of social science perspectives are encouraged. Papers may address qualitative or quantitative approaches. Papers may address texts or images of any sort, including media content, interview transcripts, and open-ended responses to survey questions. Submissions can be in the form of full papers (typically 20 to 35 manuscript pages in length) or in the form of shorter papers.

This special issue on Computers and Content Analysis will be edited by William Evans, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Communication and Information Research at the University of Alabama.

Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2006 for publication in 2007.


Submission of papers: June 15, 2006

Review feedback: August 15, 2006

Submission of final papers: October 1, 2006


Send an electronic copy of the paper, along with a cover letter, to William Evans ([email protected]).

Length: No more than 40 manuscript pages in length, including all references and figures.

Formatting: Electronic submissions only (Microsoft Word or PDF format). Manuscripts accepted for publication must adhere to APA style, although other style guides may be used for initial submissions. Each manuscript should include: title, author list with affiliations, a brief abstract, a list of keywords preceding the main text, and short author bios, references and endnotes following the main text. See the Social Science Computer Review web page listed below for complete details.


The Social Science Computer Review (SSCORE) is an interdisciplinary journal covering both social science instructional and research applications of computing as well as social science research on societal impacts of information technology. Among topics within the scope of the journal are artificial intelligence, computational social science theory, computer-assisted survey research, computer-based qualitative analysis, computer simulation, economic modeling, geographic information systems, instructional multimedia, instrumentation and research tools, social impacts of computing and telecommunications, software evaluation, and Internet resources for social scientists.

SSCORE is a peer-reviewed publication of Sage Publications, Inc. Now in its 23rd year of publication, SSCORE carries articles and reports, extensive resource listings in its "News and Notes" section, software reviews, and book reviews. There are frequent symposia issues on social science disciplines, on new computer-intensive methodologies, and on the political and social impacts of computing.

A web site for SSCORE can be found at See also

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November 08, 2005

PubSub Community Lists

PubSub, my favorite blog search tool, has a new feature with its set of "Community Lists." This first iteration has four communities - The Law List, The PR List, The Fashion List, and The Librarian List. The Librarian List is an interesting ranking. Congratulations to Walt Crawford , a prolurker reader, whose blog Walt at Random is number one on the list. Oh no in the hour or so since I first read the webpages associated with this post, Walt has dropped from one to two on the list having been surpassed by Library Stuff blog which inexplicably rose seven places today. *collective sigh* Personally I don't put a lot of stock in link rankings, mostly because I can't make heads or tails out of how they work.

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November 07, 2005

CFP - Blogging and Online Journalism: New Media, New Challenges, New Ethics

Blogging and Online Journalism: New Media, New Challenges, New Ethics

April 7 & 8, 2006

The Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics at Ohio University and the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism announce "Blogging and Online Journalism."

BOJ will bring together a small group of successful, highly motivated students with some of the leading figures in journalism and media ethics for an intimate, in-depth two-day exploration of one of the most interesting and dynamic areas in applied ethics today. After a daily keynote address on a topic of general interest, participants will break up into workgroups. These workshops will feature presentations by invited scholars and by student participants, with discussion and critique of the presentations.

Presentations and workshop summaries will be published on the Institute website.

Participation is limited to 25. Students interested in participating should send contact information and a brief paper on one of the workshop topics to [email protected] by January 20, 2006. Participants will be selected on the basis of the paper they submit. Please visit the "STUDENT CONFERENCE" section of for submission requirements.

Travel grants (travel, room, and board) are available for a limited number of participants. Students interested in applying for travel support should indicate this in their application.

Keynote speakers:

Dan Gillmore (author of "We, the Media")

Clifford Christians (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlain)

Workshop topics and leaders:

Friday, April 7

Martin Kuhn (U North Carolina): Blogging Ethics

Fernanda Viegas (MIT MediaLab): Privacy and Accountability in Blogging

Jan Boyles (U West Virginia): Rhetoric of Political Bloggers

Sandeep Junnarker (Columbia University): Blogging investigative reporting: The Videoblog

Saturday, April 8th

Mark Deuze (Indiana University): Typology of Online Journalism

Bob Benz (Scripps Company): Reality Constraints of Online Journalism

Bernhard Debatin (Ohio University): Online Journalism Ethics

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Monday and updating rather than writing

I spent most of my "writing" time today making sure I have my Reference Manager up to date with recent conference presentations on weblogs. I need an accurate, well as accurate as I can get, count. So not tons of words today, well at least not so far, but it is moving. Now things should start falling into place. Might try to do some writing after I teach tonight, assuming I am awake when I get home.

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November 06, 2005

A few words for a Sunday

Not a big addition of words today but every little bit helps.

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The genderedness of writing...and education...and.....

For those of you that are interested in gender and blogging or in feminism in general, I suggest you take a look at Weblogg-ed and weigh in on the discussion. I've thown in my two-cents on several of the posts including Connective Writing, "Can Someone Point Me to a Great Teen Blogger?", and Blogging vs. Journaling Update #384. Join in if you have something to say.

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November 05, 2005

Getting an extended abstract ready for submission

I've spent some time, probably not enough but some, today working on pulling together the document structure I will need for the abstract that is due on the 15th (see the counter on the left sidebar under Time until my next publication submission deadline). This is a first for me as I have never before written an extended abstract. The process seems much like what I understand other U.S. departments require for dissertation proposals, my department requires much more so that many are 70 or 80 pages long.

So far it has been an interesting process articulating my literature review process in such detail, though not much of that is yet on paper. It's not that I haven't thought about it before I just haven't laid it out in such precise steps when I usually just dive in and do it.

So though the word count is misleading, it includes the outline of the chapter and doesn't reflect time, here it is:

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Found while reviewing referrer lists

Should I find it comforting that Prolurker is the number one search result for professional term for loud on Google?

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A house full of healthy critters...well “issues” don’t count

Today was pack-up the critters day and lug everyone across the county to the vet at 7:00 a.m. no less. I'm so glad we only have to do this once a year. *sigh* The sound is usually pretty horrific, four howling or whimpering cats in crates and a disgruntled dog who has been forced to listen to said cats against her will while restrained in the truck cab. All and all everyone is basically fine, though slightly grumpy from the trip.

Hemira, the link it to an older picture, is our big success story because she weighs over six pounds, 6.4 to be exact. She was a very sick little kitten for the first few months we had her. Lots of infections and antibiotics to fight them. She was barely over four pounds when she was spayed, four pounds was the minimum at which they would operate. So for her to have gained weight, and to be healthy and thriving makes it a red letter day.

Nix, our sweet boy and Hemira's brother, also checked out good to go. He is our rambunctious boy-child who seems to always have a fat lip with cuts and scraps, mostly because he gets ahead of himself and runs into things at full speed. I would like for him to figure out that as a black cat he is tough to see in the dark so laying down along a household pathway is a sure bet to getting yourself stepped on at night. LOL Seems like he can't seem learn that one. Of course in that instance I'm equally worried that I will be the one with the fat lip having fallen over the cat.

Miss China, the diva cat, checked out perfectly well except for her weight. Seems she has gained a pound or so over the last year, which in truth is probably down from what she weighed during the height of kitten chow for Hemira and Nix. Somebody in China's family tree had relations with a Maine Coon Cat and so we have a beautiful hybrid cat with all the usual Main Coon weight issues. What can I say she and I talk about livin' la viva loca; and both our tastes run to sushi though I like mine filleted in hand roll and she likes her's sashimi style. LOL

And then there is Miss Persephone (pictured above). Miss P, China's sister, is a tightly wound lady, if I were ever to have a Prozac candidate cat it would be her. She can't sit still for long usually. You pick her up and it's like holding a wriggling mass of snakes...snakes with claws and a loud yowl and wild golden eyes. At night she likes to get between hubby and I in bed and nurse the blankets, it is called wool sucking. If we lock the cats out of the bedroom at night, hubby is allergic and sometimes we have to so he can sleep, she will start throwing herself at the door around 4 a.m. demanding to be let in so she can hysterically suck wool. The only period when we have seen her consistently calmish is when the kittens, Hemira and Nix, came to live with us until they were mostly independent. Miss P was the perfect Mom-substitute, she cleaned them and fussed over them and generally took proper control of the situation. To bad we don't have unlimited space for kittens cause she would be a dream-foster-Mom forever I think but four cats is more than enough in truth, so now she gets to be tightly wound again.

Well today when we talked to the vet we got a diagnosis, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Treatment, none I'm going to use that's for sure, the link under "wool sucking" says some people put their pets down over way no how it's annoying yes but gezzz I'm not putting anything down just because it annoys me. LOL If I did that the carnage would be massive. LOL So I guess we will just deal with it, mostly we just try to reassure her that everything is ok and she is safe and loved. Well that and don't let the food and water bowls go empty for long...that really freaks her out when there is no food or water and she wants it now.

Finally Hannah, our aging German Short-Haired Pointer, checked out ok for her age. She has to have some surgery to remove a couple of large benign fatty growths off her breast-bone area. She is a pure-breed and this is a common problem that we have had to have done before. Though last time the doc made me sit and look at the junk they removed as he explained the surgery. Grooooooosssssss. Bloody chicken-fat lookin' stuff that I knew came out of my dog. *shivers* Well this time there is probably five-pounds of the stuff coming out minimum and I refuse to review it personally. I trust the doc that everything is ok, cause this is just far to gross. I want to be a Dr. but not that kinda Doctor. LOL

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November 04, 2005

Friday afternoon meme, life ain’t so bad

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 6.5
Mind: 6.9
Body: 5
Spirit: 6.8
Friends/Family: 4.7
Love: 7.3
Finance: 6.5
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Boringly average on most things, my family is a bit less than average but no shocker there. LOL Hubby, of course, breaks the bank. Oh and I should exercise more...jockying a computer all day ain't the best for the ole bod.

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November 03, 2005

CFP - Cyborgs Old and New

Call for papers for a panel at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Convention.

March 23-26, 2006 at Princeton University.

Cyborgs Old and New

Panel organizers: Stefani Engelstein ([email protected]) and Carsten Strathausen ([email protected])

This panel will consider the concept of the cyborg not merely as the actual augmentation of the body with machinery, but rather as an acknowledgement that the organic is inherently mechanical. Today it is impossible to separate technology from biology, as new interventions in the body take the form of cloning and chimerical hybrids of human and animal genetic material. This development seems to signal a new victory over our natural limitations as we strive to become what Freud called a "prosthetic god," following the path toward a technological utopia already manifest in Robert Hooke's seventeenth century paean to the microscope. Every technology, however, functions through a tacit acceptance of our integration into nature, blending the human, the mechanical, and the animal. This constellation is not original to the present, but recurs at times that coincide with a crisis in our definition of the human. It is no accident that La Mettrie theorized the human as a machine at the same moment that Linnaeus created a classification system that made humans full members of the primate order in the animal kingdom.

We seek original papers that examine the current crisis of what it means to be human without losing sight of the past. Is the "cyborg" still a useful term or has it become so ubiquitous today as to have lost its "proper" (i.e. hybrid) meaning? Are terms like the "post-human" (K. Hayles) or the "symbiont" (G. Longo) any better?

Please submit 250-word abstracts online before November 30, 2005 at the following link:

The conference is organized primarily into seminars (or "streams"), which consist either of twelve papers, if they meet on all three days of the conference, or eight to nine papers, if they meet on two days. Papers should be 15-20 minutes long-no longer-to allow time for discussion.

For more information on the ACLA or the conference go to:

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CFP - Computers & Writing Online 2006: Making Knowledge on the Digital Frontier

Computers & Writing Online 2006: Making Knowledge on the Digital Frontier

February 6 to 28, 2006

Proposals Due: 30 November 2005

We are pleased to announce Computers & Writing Online 2006: Making Knowledge on the Digital Frontier-a conference for all educators. This conference occurs completely online and complements the face-to-face conference that will be held in May at Texas Tech University.

We invite proposals from individuals and teams addressing the interface between writing practice, writing pedagogy, and technology. Proposals can be submitted for synchronous, asynchronous, or poster presentations. Synchronous presentations and poster sessions will occur on Saturday, February 18th in the English MOO (encore Learning Environment) at Texas Tech University. The schedule allows one hour for synchronous presentations and 45 minutes for poster sessions. Posters will remain up the entire day, and poster presenters are encouraged to spend one or more poster sessions in the virtual room with their posters. Asynchronous presentations will occur over five-day periods from February 6th through 28th using the site, the information portal for the Computers & Writing community.

We encourage proposals on a wide range of topics that address the conference theme of "Making Knowledge on the Digital Frontier." These topics include but are not limited to:

* "New" technologies such as wikis and blogs in the writing classroom-technologies that are changing the way we deliver and administer courses in support of our students' learning

* Reconsideration of past propositions about how computer networks are best suited for learning and instructionWriting and learning communities online across distance and culture

* The sociology of digital communities

* The interface between Rhetoric and Composition theory and technology

* The technologies of Technical Communication: theory, practice, pedagogy

* Online portfolios-the state of the art

* Visual rhetoric and new media

Proposals are due 30 November 2005. Send 250-word abstracts by email (in the body, not as an attachment) to [email protected]. Please be sure to include the following information:

* Email subject line: CWonline2006 Proposal

* Name

* Institutional affiliation

* Title of proposed presentation

* Whether the proposal is for an asynchronous, synchronous, or poster session

* Phone number

* Email address

For more information on the conference and session formats, please see the conference website or contact Conference Coordinator, Lennie Irvin at [email protected]. The conference hosts will provide support (a technology buddy) for those who may be unfamiliar with any of the online technologies used for the conference.

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CFP - Intimacy and Exteriority

ACLA Annual Conference Seminar, Princeton University, March 23-26, 2006

Mon semblable, mon frère

Deadline for proposal submissions: Nov. 30, 2005

From Petrarch, who wrote familiar letters to his classical models, to Derrida, who could elide the boundary between his own voice and the voices of his texts to powerful effect, a disarming sense of intimacy between reader and text has been a consistent aspect of humanistic practise. Yet beside the extraordinary proximity achieved in humanistic reading there always seems to open a great distance, as though we are never so far away from our texts as when we are closest to them. In Humanism and Democratic Criticism Edward Said referred to this twinning of intimacy with exteriority under the headings of receptivity and resistance, but analogous formulations can be found in ethnography, ethics, political theory, and fiction.

We wish to explore how the simultaneity of intimacy and exteriority has been articulated in different times, places, and discursive modes. Readings, comparative or otherwise, of literary, theoretical, philosophical, or critical works are welcomed, as are broader original formulations on the theme. Papers that can enact the theme at the same time as they discuss it are especially welcome. Topics and authors might include the philosophy of friendship, Derrida/Nancy on touch, figurations of intimacy in fiction and poetry, the possession of language, intimacies in religious experience; but this is not, of course, an exclusive list.

Papers will be presented as a seminar at the annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association; proposals for this seminar, including title and a 250-word abstract, should be submitted at the ACLA's conference web site, selecting "Intimacy and Exteriority" as the desired panel.

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CFP - American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting: The Human and its Others

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting: The Human and its Others
Princeton University, March 23-26, 2006

Seminar: "The Body in the Digital"

The digital is perhaps the defining "other" of the human body in the late 20th century. Papers and/or performances are invited that seek to investigate the informatic relationship between the animal and the machine, as Norbert Wiener put it in the subtitle of his Cybernetics. The relation of the carnal to the mathematical, or physical to digital, is a pressing contemporary concern for artists, theorists and writers. Therefore this question will be framed as broadly as possible, in historical terms, inviting scholars specializing in all periods and areas up to the present, from the Baroque, the 19th Century and the early 20th to to the present. This seminar will consider the relation of physicality and digitality, with a cast of
conceptual personae that include thinking machines, automata, robots, cyborgs, posthumans, and other hybrid monsters.

Topics may include (in no particular order):
Transcendence (e.g., overcoming the body through technology, "downloading" the mind)
Dualisms (of mind/body, software/hardware, human/machine, etc.)
Media and the human body
Histories of computing
Thinking machines
Norbert Wiener and his contemporaries
Actor-Network Theory (Latour et al.)
Philosophies of the interface
Digital practices
Performing the body online (e.g., blogging, chat, webcams)
The physicality of the Internet
Digital desire
The faces of digital technology
Death and the digital

This seminar is organized in collaboration with the journal Issues in Contemporary Culture and Aesthetics.

Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length. Deadline for submissions is 30 November. Please submit abstracts of 250 words online at:

Feel free to address any questions or suggestions to the seminar organizer, Gauti Sigthorsson ([email protected]). All abstracts must be submitted via the ACLA website.

For more information on the conference, its location and format, please see:

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CFP - Linguistic and Cultural Online Communication Issues in the Global Age (edited volume)

Linguistic and Cultural Online Communication Issues in the Global Age

Edited by Kirk St.Amant, Texas Tech University, USA

International online access has grown rapidly in recent years with the number of global Internet users growing by almost 2.8 million in July of 2004 alone. This increased global access, however, brings with it a variety of new conditions and concerns that could markedly affect international interactions in online environments. Differences in language, cultural communication expectations, laws, and software standards are but some of the factors individuals need to consider when using online media to interact with individuals from different countries and cultures. This collection will address these issues by exploring the various aspects that could affect communication and comprehension in international online interactions.

The primary objective of this text is to provide readers with in-depth information on the various linguistic, cultural, technological, legal, and other factors that affect interactions in online exchanges. Through examining such topics, this collection would help readers make more effective decisions related to the uses and design of online media when interacting with individuals from other cultures. This primary objective would also accomplish two secondary, but equally important, objectives:

• The collection would provide readers with the foundational knowledge needed to communicate effectively with individuals from other countries and cultures via online media.

• The collection would provide readers with the knowledge needed to create effective online materials for users (clients, students, colleagues, etc.) from other countries and cultures.

The primary audience for this book would include seven groups that would use this text for a variety of reasons. These audiences/groups are:

• Executives, managers, and other business decision makers
• Marketers, service providers, and support personnel
• Researchers (both academic and corporate) studying cross-cultural discourse in online environments
• Educators who teach in online learning environments
• Educational administrators who manage international students participating in online programs
• Administrators of international non-profit agencies

Prospective subject areas and specific topics for this publication include, but are not limited to, the following:

The Growth of Global Online Access
• Historical developments affecting international Internet access and developments or trends currently affecting international online access
• The global digital divide and public and private projects used to expand international Internet use.

Language, Culture, and Online Communication
• Linguistic and other cultural communication factors affecting online exchanges
• Implications linguistic or cultural communication differences could have for future developments related to online communication
• English as a global language and how cultural groups use different kinds of online media

Technology, Compatibility, and International Online Discourse
• Technological factors that affect if, how, and when individuals from different nations use online media to locate or to exchange information
• Different kinds of software and hardware/computing technology used to interact online
• Effects telecommunications infrastructures of different regions have on online access in those areas

Law, Policy, and International Internet Use
• Legal standards or policy stances affecting how individuals in different nations use online media
• Different national privacy and copyright laws affecting the nature of international online interactions
• Policies of government monitoring that affect uses of online media in different nations
• Policies on infrastructure developments that affect online access in different regions

Markets, Economics, and International E-commerce
• Economic conditions affecting how individuals in different nations use online media
• Prospects of using online media to tap overseas markets
• Corporate plans for expanding online access into different regions (especially developing nations)
• E-marketing practices related to global audiences
• International outsourcing’s affects on online access in different regions
• Economic factors affecting the language and design choices used when interacting online

Globalization, Education, and Online Environments
• Educational factors affecting online access and use in different regions
• Effects of globalization on online education and enrollments in online programs
• Examinations of how different educational conditions and standards uses of online media
• Discussions of how online environments can improve education in different regions

Perspectives on the Future of Global Cyberspace
• Future development of international online access and discourse in global cyberspace
• Establishing global standards for online discourse (or online legal practices)
• Examining how technology developments might change the nature of international cyberspace
• Discussions of what increased global online access might mean for domestic online interactions

Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of 200-500 words on or before November 15, 2005. In their proposal, prospective authors should clearly explain:
• The purpose and the contents of their proposed chapter
• How their proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book

Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal and sent chapter organization guidelines by December 15, 2005. Drafts of chapters will be due by March 15, 2006.

Please send inquiries or submit material electronically (Rich Text files) to the editor at [email protected]

The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group Inc. publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing, and Idea Group Reference imprints, in Spring 2007.

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Thougths on teens and things...proto-thoughts

The last few days I have been thinking about a list of things and noting several with a mental asterisk that I need to blog about it when I have time..later this month maybe. Here's the beginnings of the list:

Well this morning I found that danah must be having some of the same angst as she has posted a lengthy discussion on the culture of fear of teens that is permeating mass media and particularly in relation to teen online interactions. See her post growing up in a culture of fear: from Columbine to banning of MySpace. I agree with what she is saying broadbrush and will address the particulars in a future post.

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November 02, 2005

Teen Content Creators and Consumers: More than half of online teens have created content for the internet; and most teen downloaders think that getting free music files is easy to do

I've been waiting and holding my breath to get my hands on this report. Mucho citation awaits! Teen Content Creators and Consumers: More than half of online teens have created content for the internet; and most teen downloaders think that getting free music files is easy to do.

American teenagers today are utilizing the interactive capabilities of the internet as they create and share their own media creations. Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations.

About 21 million or 87% of those ages 12-17 use the internet, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The results highlight that this is a generation comfortable with content-creating technology. Teens are eager to share their thoughts, experiences, and creations with the wider internet population. Some key findings:

* 33% of online teens share their own creative content online, such as artwork, photos, stories or videos.
* 32% say that they have created or worked on webpages or blogs for others, including groups they belong to, friends or school assignments.
* 22% report keeping their own personal webpage.
* 19% of online teens keep a blog, and 38% of online teens read blogs.
* 19% of internet-using teens say they remix content they find online into their own artistic creations.

Teens are often much more enthusiastic authors and readers of blogs than their adult counterparts. Teen bloggers, led by older girls, are a major part of this tech-savvy cohort. Teen bloggers are more fervent internet users than non-bloggers and have more experience with almost every online activity in the survey. "For American teens, blogs are about self-expression, building relationships, and carving out a presence online," said Amanda Lenhart, co-author of the report entitled, "Teen Content Creators and Consumers" and
Senior Research Specialist at the Project. "Most young people aren't spending their time at the highly-trafficked A-list blogs. They're reading and creating the 'long-tail' of blogs-personal sites read by networks of friends and family."

These findings are based on a November 2004 survey of 1,100 youth ages 12 to 17 and their parents. The margin of error for responses based on the sample of teens or parents is ± 3 percentage points at a 95% confidence level.

Teens continue to actively download music and video from the internet and have used multiple sources to get their files. Half of online teens (51%) report downloading music, compared to just 18% of adults who report similar behavior. Nearly one third (31%) of teens report downloading video files so that they can watch them any time they want.

Teens who get music files online believe it is unrealistic to expect people to self-regulate and avoid free downloading and file-sharing altogether. Out of the 622 teens in our survey who say they have tried music downloading, 75% agree with the statement that, "Music downloading and file-sharing is so easy to do, it's unrealistic to expect people not to do it." Just 23% disagreed with this statement.

"Today's online teens have grown up amidst the chaos of the digital copyright debate, and it shows," said Mary Madden, a Research Specialist at the Project and co-author of the report. "At a time when social norms around digital content don't always appear to conform with the letter of the law, many teens are aware of the restrictions on copyrighted material, but believe it's still permissible to share some content for free."

About half of them think free downloading and file-sharing copyrighted content without permission is generally wrong, yet roughly the same number say they don't care about the copyright on the music files that they download.

To view the entire report, please visit:

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ICA Pre-Conf - Web/Mobile hybrids and the “Ex-Girlfriend Problem”

If I get to go to Dresden for ICA I will definitely be looking at Terri Senft's Pre-Conference on Mobile Communications. This is very cool stuff. Abstract follows:

Each day, new social software applications are being developed that allow users to affiliate with one another over the Web, contact one another via text messages on cell phones, and meet up in physical spaces on a moment's notice. Each day, users of these services are discover something sociologists already know: friendship doesn't travel as well as we think it does. In this project, I use ethnography to explore the context-dependent nature of social ties forged over, a service that rings your phone to let you know where your designated friends are meeting in local bars. I am particularly interested in what DodgeBall users call "ex-girlfriend problem": the desire to list someone as a friend in the context of a social networking service, yet whose live appearance in a bar seems too close for comfort.

It is common to hear the tracking capacities of social software/mobile communication hybrids discussed as what Clay Calvert calls "mediated voyeurism," a term that depends on cinematic gaze theory as its reference point. Yet I suggest that rather than the cinematic gaze or even the televisual glance, the term "grab" (with all of its connections to temporality, embodiment, power and politics) more accurately describes the dynamics of these new technologies. Continuing in a psychoanalytic vein, "grabbing" represents not voyeurism, but rather commodity fetishism and its attendant belief that what matters is what can be owned, if even for a moment. Yet I believe these technologies are interesting not because they seamlessly enable commodity fetishism, but because of their inevitable failure to please all consumers/viewers, all the time. The persistence of the ex-girlfriend problem demonstrates that contrary to hype, all economies of social capital reach points of diminishing returns.

At this juncture, both users and developers of Dodgeball's software seem to view the live presence of an unwanted witness summoned via cell phone to a public gathering as a social disaster of the first order. Yet there are many populations who could use the presence of a live witness connected to the situation only through affinities articulated online. One example might be members of online communities devoted to helping women deal with domestic violence who volunteer to list themselves on Dodgeball as "on call" should someone require a witness to document aggression in a public place. In the second part of this project, I build on the work of political theorist Jodi Dean to discuss what I call "networked reflective solidarity": a commitment to use networks in order to seek out others who may not yet acknowledge themselves as connected to us. I end by considering how Web/phone hybrids might be used for networked reflective solidarity, suggesting that in the near future, "friends" who are technically strangers (but with whom we feel certain types of affinities, and on whom we might count on at a moment's notice) might be just as significant than in-the-flesh drinking buddies we now buzz with our phones each day.

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November 01, 2005

A weblog is a weblog is a weblog...and that includes diaries and journals

Weblog-ed today has a commentary on a USA Today article that I simply can't let slide by. I am completely taken aback by the limited definition of weblogs that he is applying here. I've very clear that under this definition nothing posted can be presonal, then it would be *collective gasp* a diary not a weblog. Interestingly he seems to be using diary and journal as interchangable terms, but in such as way that neither of them is a weblog. I am totally unclear on what he is defining as a weblog and on why he draws such a hard distinction, when very few others have found such a distinction to be practical.

USA Today says "Teens wear their hearts on their blog." Isn't that special. Just 'cause I don't think it can hurt anything to make the point again, what follows are not descriptions of blogging:

"...mostly they simply relay the details of their daily lives." Not blogging.

"Girls, who dominate blogging, use it especially to talk about personal feelings." Not blogging.

"Rypkema uses her blog to communicate with friends and as 'a way to pour out my emotions.'" Not blogging.

And some ironies in the descriptions:

"'I feel like family and close friends shouldn't be reading my diary in secret,' she says." Ah-HA! Not blogging. Diary-ing.

"While famous political bloggers have thousands of readers..." So, are they simply relaying the details of their daily lives?

"Experts are divided about whether and how parents should treat the journals -- especially when it comes to teens over 13." Double Ah-HA! JOURNALS! A different genre.

I know, I know. Let it go. Lost cause. Never win the battle. Etc...

But this portrayal is exactly why schools start banning them (even though they know they're journals) and more importantly, why they don't think of them as potential learning tools.

Of course I totally disagree with the point made above. All of the statements are examples of blogging. Rather than diaries and journals being a different genre than a weblogs, in fact all a weblog is is a posting venue, a venue that then has genres of which diaries/journals are one. Somehow we miss that books are a technology and fiction, romance, etc....are genre's of books.

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October Advisory Committee Report

Another month has bit the dust so here is my October Advisory Committee Report (pdf). Just to prove I did something last month. LOL

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Planning out your publication agenda

One Bright Star posted on her long-term publication planning list yesterday. While she is mostly talking about her trajectory toward tenure I think it is still a good idea to be thinking about this while you are still a grad student.

I just had lunch with a tenured colleague who rocks! She totally gets the "I feel anxious ALL OF THE TIME, even though I value balance" thing. Seriously.

Before she got tenure, she did the SAME EXACT THING I do: checking off a list of publications. -- Imagine the set of publications you want on your vitae when you go up for tenure. Make that list and a timeline for sending them out for publication, and then work backwards to plan when each data set should be collected. Even if the nature of the projects change somewhat and the publications cannot be precisely predicted, imagining the trajectory of your research program helps make it feel managable (as long as I allow for flexibility in the long run for shifting). Have at least one paper under review and one in progress at all times. Check off each paper as it's accepted and celebrate each paper's acceptance.

Maybe this seems obvious, but I haven't talked about my List yet with anyone else, other than my husband.

I thought I was a being ol' control freak for having this list. Spouse is tired of hearing me recite the list at home. ("First I have this paper and the next paper builds upon that and then the follow up study looks at a similar behavioral issue with a different population and then I'm changing directions and then I will write X number of papers about that and ...") Hearing that someone I work with also has this list and thinks of it similarly and uses it to manage anxiety just totally rocks. I thought my list was a little crazy, because it's too hard to predict 5 years of work, but it's been working so far in order to manage myself and my uncertainty about making progress.

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What kind of postmoderist am I?

theory slut
You are a Theory Slut. The true elite of the
postmodernists, you collect avant-garde
Indonesian hiphop compilations and eat journal
articles for breakfast. You positively live
for theory. It really doesn't matter what
kind, as long as the words are big and the
paragraph breaks few and far between.

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