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Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)
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.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
Don't let fear convince you that you're too weak to have courage. Fear is the opportunity for courage, not the proof of cowardice.
McCain, John (2004, September). In Search of Courage: Finding the Courage Within You. FastCompany, 51-56.
In the search for character and commitment, we must rid ourselves of our inherited, even cherished biases and prejudices. Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.
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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 [email protected]
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.
March 31, 2007
Have you seen this great site, FutureMe.org? Write and send an email to your future self...you can keep it private or make it public (either signed or anonymous). What a great idea since most of our actions are designed to maximize the potential of "future me" now we can check that what we had in mind either came to pass or didn't...because now we can talk to ourselves from today...into the future.
Interesting research potential here too. LOTS of it. LOL
September 14, 2005
Research immersion or the next two weeks
- I have a a poster to finish Friday this week so I can print it out at IU when I am on campus on Saturday. Topic = readers use of links from a blog. This is preliminary research from a longitudinal study that will close later this month. The poster will be presented next weekend at the SLIS Graduate Forum at IU.
- I will be conducting the final research and writing my NCA paper, The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor.
- I will be pulling together a presentation for AoIR on Teaching Hurricane Katrina.
- Finally, and definitely not lastly, I will be doing my part toward the completion of our BROG presentation for AoIR.
I need to decide if I am going to take the time, since time is a scarce commodity right now, to write and submit a position paper for the AAAI Spring 2006 Symposium, Computational Approaches to Analyzing Weblogs (CAAW-2006). If I do decide to write the paper it will likely be a position paper on gender/age identification in weblogs.
August 01, 2005
New professional-lurker categories
I've added five new categories to better describe the information in this blog. They are: Community Service, some of the fun stuff, Conferences & Workshops...I've attended, Professional Development...learning as I go along, Professional Service...working with friends, and Research...making the world go around.
I've thought a lot about the tagging issue and have decided to stay out of that fray for now. You see from my perspective you as a reader do keyword searches to find the information you want to read, assuming you aren't regularly reading a specific site in which case neither keywords or tags matter. You pick the keywords and, hopefully, narrow your search as you work through the sites you find in the outcome. I can assign whatever tag I want to a post, but if it doesn't match your keyword then it does nothing to help you find the information I posted. So I, in essence, I see tags as something that might help a blog author find information in their own blog. Personally I too do keyword searches when I am looking for information so I see very little benefit to adding tags to my posts. As usual I reserve the right to change my mind at a later date.
August 21, 2005: I've done away with the "Conferences & Workshops...I've attended" category because I decided it was duplicated in the new "Professional Development...learning as I go along" category.