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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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August 30, 2007
What is the cultural experience of The Class of 2011?
It's time take a look at the Mindset List for the Class of 2011, an annual gift from Beliot College. If you haven't seen the list before, the 70 items provide a look at the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of today's first-year students, most of them born in 1989. For them, Alvin Ailey, Andrei Sakharov, Huey Newton, Emperor Hirohito, Ted Bundy, Abbie Hoffman, and Don the Beachcomber have always been dead.
Plus reading the list is a quick way to make even a "young academic" feel OLD! LOL Check out the sampling below before you click to the full list.
# They never “rolled down” a car window.
# Michael Moore has always been angry and funny.
# They have grown up with bottled water.Bottled Water
# General Motors has always been working on an electric car.
# Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa.
# Pete Rose has never played baseball.
# Women’s studies majors have always been offered on campus.
# Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.
# Thanks to MySpace and Facebook, autobiography can happen in real time.
# They learned about JFK from Oliver Stone and Malcolm X from Spike Lee.
# Most phone calls have never been private.
# MTV has never featured music videos.
# They never saw Johnny Carson live on television.
Wow to have never "rolled down" a car window or experienced Carson "live." I think I will keep my world...old and cranky as it can be. I have a pair of rabbit ears around here somewhere....
August 20, 2007
One of the beautiful things about the proliferation of websites in general, and multimedia websites in specific is the great way humor can be illustrated online. Well for those of us that really like our FirstLife here is a bit of humor at SecondLife's expense. Go on get a FirstLife!
CFP - International Working Conference on Virtuality and Society
IFIP WG 9.5 International Working Conference on Virtuality and Society: Massive Virtual Communities
Organizers: Niki Panteli, Martin Warnke
Date: July 1st and 2nd, 2008
Place: Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany
Scope & Theme
Prominently within the gaming community, but also within other communities on the internet, very huge virtual communities begin to evolve. In games, an average number of people that is comparable to a smaller city is online at the same time, thus forming a proper society. People share their pictures and videos, they meet and date in virtual communities. In Second Life, even big companies start virtual branches to enhance customer relations. It is likely that this phenomenon will become even more significant in the near future for gaming, for business and private purposes, maybe even for administrative and political functions.
It is already obvious that those massive virtual communities will have a substantial impact on society, economics, art, and -last but not least -technology. The workshop will bring together experts of that field to collect insights on a emerging major subject.
Wolfgang Coy (Humboldt University Berlin, D)
Velvet Landingham (Kent State University Geauga, USA)
Niki Panteli (University of Bath, UK)
Claus Pias (University of Vienna, A)
Bryan K. Temple (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK)
Martin Warnke (Leuphana University Lueneburg, D)
The papers are published online as preprints. A book publication is intended.
Deadline for full papers (previously unpublished material, not exceeding 12 pages single spaced, pdf format: January 15th, 2008, to be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2008
Conference fee: 100 Euro including an evening program at the first day of the conference and coffee breaks.
Lueneburg is a smaller city in northern Germany, near Hamburg. It has a lively university and a medieval city centre. The famous Lueneburg heath is not far away. There will be a limited number of hotel rooms at special rates when booked early.
Sponsored by IFIP 9.5 Working Group "Virtuality and Society" http://www.ifip95wg.org/
Co-sponsored by the Gesellschaft fuer Informatik e. V., Section Computers and Society, Working Group "Computers as Media"
August 19, 2007
Genres of Weblogs - Revised with your input
Thank you for all the comments you sent on my previous draft Genres of Weblogs...Your Input Please. You all made me think a lot about my underlying assumptions, which is a very good thing. I think I've captured my thoughts much more clearly on this map, Characteristics of Weblogs (pdf).
I owe a couple of people responses, so I hope they forgive me for doing it here. I think the discussion is valuable so here goes. One of the comments I got was that I was working from a descriptive standpoint rather than from a genre theory lens on to description. I thought about this comment quite a lot one day as I drove to and home from campus. When I got home I pulled out my trusty copy of Duff's (2000) Modern Genre Theory and did some review work. What I found is that all of the chapters, and the source material I've reviewed, are basically descriptive though often bounded to a particular communication form. I do think I am working from a particular perspective for my description, although it doesn't come through as clearly in the original mindmap. I believe I've corrected that problem in the current draft.
Another comment ties into my revision of the original mindmap, in that the commenter asked about facets that would effect genre that were not represented in the original mindmap. I agree, I do think that on some level this would need to be a faceted classification system. However, much research is needed before a more complete faceted system could be drawn up.
A couple of general notes before you slice and dice this mindmap. 1) I have split number of bloggers into four categories (single blogger, two bloggers, three through n bloggers, and (n+1) to infinity bloggers. I believe there are distinctions between these four categories though I accept that I might be wrong in that there may be less than or more than four. Published research has really only scratched the surface of this issue... with work on single blogger blogs and many blogger blogs - like Metafilter. There is much to learn...so get cracking out there folks. LOL 2) I am working from two perspectives through the lens of a published taxonomy of diary types (Mallon, 2000). My perspectives are published work on blogs (at least through December 2005 as I have some additional reading to do to update the chapters I wrote last year), and based on my own anecdotal experience. This mindmap is not to be seen as authoritative rather I see it as informative as it helps me and the readers see how I believe weblogs genres can be grouped verses a later mindmap that will chart the work reviewed in my qualifying paper - aka long literature review. 3) This mindmap is in no way exhaustive. I think that is impossible unless you timebound the phenomena and do a retrospective review. Genres can and will be added at any level...though I think additions above level five on this mindmap will be unusual. 4) Yes, I know that each subgenre needs at least two characteristics for any of them to be broken down...it's a draft remember. LOL So cut me some slack.
Comments encouraged email@example.com
Duff, David (2000). Modern Genre Theory. Essex U.K.: Pearson.
CFP - Second International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
Second International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
March 31-April 2, 2008
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Call For Papers
The rapid creation and consumption of social media content continues to drive the evolution of the Internet and the Web. Social media content now accounts for the majority of content published daily on the web.
As the space evolves, researcher and industrial practitioners find themselves at a key point for collaborating on research, implementation and deployment of a wide range of analyses and applications. The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media invites researchers in the broad field of social media analysis to submit papers for its second meeting. Following in the tradition of earlier workshops and the first meeting in Boulder, USA in 2007, we anticipate an exciting, high quality event which will bring together academic and industrial
practitioners to present and to discuss new research, applications, thoughts and ideas that are shaping the future of social media analysis.
Areas of interest
The conference aims to bring together researchers from different subject areas including computer science, linguistics, psychology, statistics, sociology, multimedia and semantic web technologies and foster
discussions about ongoing research in the following areas:
 Psychological, personality-based and ethnographic studies of social media
 Analyzing relationship between social media and mainstream media
 Centrality/influence of bloggers/blogs; ranking/relevance of blogs; web pages ranking based on blogs
 Data acquisition: crawling/spidering and indexing
 Human computer interaction; social media tools; navigation
 Multimedia; audio/visual processing; aggregating information from different modalities
 Semantic analysis; cross-system and cross-media name tracking; named relations and fact extraction; discourse analysis; summarization
 Semantic Web; unstructured knowledge management; collaborative creation of structured knowledge
 Sentiment analysis; polarity/opinion identification and extraction
 Social network analysis; communities identification; expertise discovery; collaborative filtering
 Text categorization; topic recognition; gender/age identification
 Time series forecasting; measuring predictability of phenomena based on social media
 Trend identification/tracking
 New social media applications; interfaces; interaction techniques
 Trust; reputation; recommendation systems
Paper Submission: December 3, 2007
Tutorial Proposals: December 3, 2007
Poster/Demo Submission: January 6, 2007
Paper Acceptance: February 1, 2008
Poster/Demo Acceptance: February 8, 2008
Camera Ready Copies: February 15, 2008
Tutorials: 30 March, 2008
Conference: 31 March, 2008 - 2 April, 2008
Individuals interested in participating should submit through the conference website a technical paper (up to 8 pages), poster or demo description (up to 2 pages) by the deadlines given above (Midnight PST). Each submission should indicate a list of relevant areas from the list above.
CFP - Web2.0 & e-Social Science Workshop at e-Social Science 2007
e-Social Science 2007
October 7-9, Ann Arbour, Michigan, US
Call for position papers
Goals & Objectives
In recent years, the concept of the so-called “Social Web” has emerged that is similar to the World Wide Web but, instead of linking documents, links people, organizations, and concepts. It describes the collaborative effort of users to make sense of and provide context to the Internet.
The term Web2.0 has emerged, not as a new version of the internet, but as a new way of using it, facilitating collaboration and sharing between users. Web2.0 is associated with blogs and wikis where users can keep publicly available online diaries (a new medium for project diaries?) and volunteer contributions to online encyclopaedias such as Wikipedia. Social network sites such as MySpace allow users to create a profile listing their likes, dislikes and favourites (in music, videos, etc.). This stimulates the emergence of networks of friends and people with similar interests. Social tagging, where users tag resources with keywords coined by themselves, has been applied to photos, websites and academic papers, amongst others. The social bookmark and publication sharing systems BibSonomy and Connotea allow users to tag websites and publications and to share these tags with other members of the community. The tags can be used to search for resources that other people have tagged, thus providing a different (more effective and user-centric) way of searching the internet.
We invite position papers on the following topics:
1. The role Web2.0 technologies play in delivering enhanced e-social science tools. Bibsonomy and Connotea stimulate collaboration by enabling users to easily share interesting publications, websites etc. We wish to explore in which other ways Web2.0 technologies can be used to support e-social science.
2. The role of Web2.0 tools as social science research tools in their own right. How can wikis, blogs, etc. be used to gather information, as alternatives to the more classic methods of interviews and questionnaires?
3. Studies of Web2.0 environments and communities. Web2.0 communities are interesting phenomena in their own right; we are interested in studies into the social aspects of these phenomena.
This workshop is intended for participants working or interested in the cross-over areas between e-social science and Web2.0 mentioned above.
The workshop will comprise one keynote presentation, plus a series of short presentations on submitted position papers (20 mins duration) addressing one or more of the themes above. The event will conclude with a discussion/agenda-setting session.
Position papers (max. two A4 pages in length) should be sent to the workshop organisers by email to the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
August 27 Submission deadline
August 31 Notification
October 7 Workshop
Workshop participants must register for e-Social Science 2007 (http://ess.si.umich.edu/index.htm).
o Peter Edwards is Director of the ESRC funded PolicyGrid NCeSS Node at the University of Aberdeen. He is a Computer Scientist with interests in the Semantic Grid and knowledge technologies, and has worked in the area of e-social science since 2004. He is working to integrate aspects of Web2.0 technology with the Grid to support community driven e-science.
o Alison Chorley is a postdoctoral research fellow working at the PolicyGrid Node. Her interests are in the area of flexible provenance management and argumentation support for e-social science.
o Feikje Hielkema is a research assistant on PolicyGrid, interested in the integration of natural language techniques with advanced Web technologies to enhance the e-social scientist’s user experience.
o Edoardo Pignotti is a graduate student funded by the Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability; previously he worked as a research assistant on the ESRC funded FearlusG e-social science project. He is interested in novel tools to support workflow in e-science.
August 18, 2007
Well it seems that both of my classes - I101 Introduction to Informatics, and I202 Social Informatics - have been canceled because of low enrollment. I101 is required for undergrad Informatics and Health Information Administration students, and while I have taught it twice at IUPUC it has never been a very large class. I202 is required for Informatics students and a "select one of the following three classes" elective for Health Information Administration students and has been offered at IUPUC but as yet has never been taught. We just have to work to grow the program at IUPUC...because we should and because I want to teach. LOL
I'm not sure what I will be doing for cash this fall. I know something will either turn-up on one of the campuses, or I will be folding clothes at the Edinburgh Discount Mall or leading people around the Exit 76 Antique Mall. Campus work is best of course because it pays better with hours that let me write...and some of the jobs might not require that I actually go to campus...which would be nice too, from a time and cost perspective. Time will tell and until then I think I'll just keep writing. *w*
CFP - Digital Embodiment, Performativity and Globalization
Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Digital Embodiment, Performativity and Globalization
Title: Everyday 3D Lives: Digital Embodiment, Performativity and Globalization
Editor : Radhika Gajjala
In the recent past, there has been much talk of "web 2.0 " and "web 3D" as new media. Educators and researchers all over the world are debating the pros and cons of such environments. MMORPGs (Massive(ly) multiplayer online role-playing games) such as World of Warcraft (WoW) and online 3D environments for social and economic activity. Immersive environments such as secondlife are being examined from multiple disciplinary lenses. This edited will include articles based in examinations of embodiment, performativity, gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality and globalization critically, and will be open to multiple disciplinary intersections.
Click, for more info on this CFP.
Tuesday (August 21, 2007) I will be a guest on the Satellite Sisters radio program. Satellite Sisters is a program on XM and the ABC Radio Network. You can check if airwave version is available in your area. Of course, you can listen online or wait for the podcast after the interview.
I'm fairly jazzed about the whole thing as this will be my first ever live interview. Cross your fingers that I don't stick my foot into my mouth, and swallow. LOL
August 08, 2007
CFP - Twenty First Century Teenager: Media Representation, Theory and Policy
Twenty First Century Teenager: Media Representation, Theory and Policy
A conference hosted by the Association for Research in Popular Fictions
10th-12th July,2008 Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds
TV drama, young adult fiction, music, art, citizenship agenda, documentary, photography, journalism, pedagogy, youth culture, social exclusion, child poverty, curriculum and literacy, sub-culture, new media, disability, teen audiences, magazines/comics, juvenile delinquency, beauty and lifestyle, pop and politics, internet cultures, texting and social ritual, teen nights and street culture, ASBOs and Hoodies, comparative studies.
Please send an abstract of 200-300 words by December 15th 2007 to Nickianne Moody, Convenor ARPF, MCCA, Liverpool John Moores University, Dean Walters Building, St James Road, Liverpool L1 7BR E-mail N.A.Moody@ljm.ac.uk Fax 0151 6431980
August 07, 2007
Genres of Weblogs...Your Input Please
One of my chapters will be defining weblogs and then I will be looking at weblog genres. After that I will be drilling down to diary weblogs specifically. I would like to pick all your brains, metaphorically of course…because any other way is just gross…and ask you to take a look at the MindMap I have drawn. I would love your comments.
The basics of the diary section taxonomy were taken from Mallon (1984). One of the issues that arise out of using an established taxonomy is that the list was developed many years, in most cases, after the diary examples were completed. In other words, I’m questioning if the genres of diaries in process and completed diaries might differ…at least they might differ because a more microscopic lens can be applied to a completed work…a difference in level of specificity rather than a complete reclassification of the genre.
There are two files…a .pdf for the drawing and .txt for the accompanying notes, look at both of them because I don't think the map makes sense without the notes. I’m sure there is a way to get both in one file but I’m very new to the MindMap software, so this is the best I could do.
Comment please…lots of them…and I will post those who wish to be included in the archive…since comments are turned off in the blog. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh I probably should note here, that my MindMap drawing differs somewhat from my previously published work…I’m growing in my understanding of the subject matter and this map reflects that growth.
Mallon, Thomas (1984). A Book of One's Own: People and Their Diaries. New York: Ticknor & Fields.