Writing and Reading (x posted at Nets We Weave). One of the aspects of blogging that I love is the chance to participate in conversations with others who have similar interests. This is why I enjoy academic blogs Orgtheory.net so much. At the same time, it can feel like a time suck of seeming to be productive when it actually does not do anything to advance my writing. How to balance the goodness- feeling connected and part of the dialogue- with not becoming a blogger instead of a scholar? I also find myself often with lots of random thoughts in my head that want to get out. I tend to ignore them out of a belief that to use energy and time to put them to paper or screen dissipates my limited reserves of time and attention. But maybe this is flawed. Maybe it would actually be better to just get them down and out instead of using energy trying to push them aside. As a new experiment in the relationship between blogging and scholarly writing, I will use short bursts of time to write about my writing process or to simply record the random assortment of theory and social science-related ideas and tangents that pop up in my unquiet mind. Rules: •Write for no more than ten minutes. If it is not publishable, save it as a draft. Minimize worrying about sourcing or linking as these activities often turn a ten minute blog jaunt into a hour of blog marathon.
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BlogHUD : Get a Second Life Blog – Second Life blogging community network and tools
what is a blogHUD?
The ‘blogHUD’ is a tool to let you blog from Second Life and crosspost your text posts or image postcards to your own blog or photo-sharing account.
This looks like it oculd be a useful tool for undergrads doing on-line ethnography.
Has anyone used it?
Every time I write about fields from an institutional theory perspective, I get hung up on what they mean. I suppose that means I should write more about them. Or that there are underlying tensions in how different scholars use them?
Somewhere in the various Virtual Worlds paper drafts that litter my “My Documents” like the broken and sunken galleons rising out of the Carribean Sea are probably the various definitions. Maybe I should pull them all together and have that as my own reference file.
This post also represents the level of musing, free writing, and beginnings of conversations that I imagine I might use this blog for. Sometimes I look at what I put here and it seems so NOT representational of the scholarship I am doing or currently working through. It ends up looking more like my miscellaneous folder. This is partly due to a concern about not wanting to expose the messy writing process. It is party because somehow I worry about giving away good ideas. It is partly because fuller treatments of core ideas or puzzles I am working on require more time to write well and then it seems like the blog is time wasting instead of useful scholarly communication.
I think the title for my Guardian Column (they don’t seem to update the site) is “Our Online Selves.” That can be improved.
Here is the second installment.
“The End of Culture and Truth?”
I am a blogger. Eight years ago, saying this might have conjured up someone doing something disdainful with their finger and nose, or some fascinating example of a field position in some strange British idea of a sport. But now, most people recognize that I maintain a web-published journal or log (“blog” is a contraction of Web-log). Why would I or anyone else write publish a personal journal on the web? Who do we think we are, anyway? Great unwashed masses clogging the for a with our swollen egos. Like so much on the Internet, from the amusing video of Mentos and Diet Coke (google it!) to archives of Saturday morning cartoon characters, the common response is “Who has the time?”
A friend of mine, a professor, told me off-handedly: “I don’t read blogs. I don’t have time for anyone’s unfinished writing.” I was spluttering with annoyance at such a narrow perspective of blogs and blogging. I have kids so I get the “no time” complaint. But unfinished writing? Surely he has heard the idea that no writing is ever finished meaning that all his favorite classics were also “unfinished writing.” Who knows what undiscovered Shakespeares and Toni Morrisons are out there? I think what he really meant was that he preferred writing that had already been vetted by some authority. He wanted a seal of approval.
I am not an innovator, but maybe a first or late first adopter. Of course, it varies by network too. At my university, I seem to be clearly an early adopter of many collaborative technologies (blogs, wikis, virtual worlds). Anyway, this blog came up and seemed to be worth exploring further as my own scholarly work about Web 2.0/living web also takes on living web forms.
Mitchell Waldrop, coincidentally, is also the author of Complexity which is one of my favorite books and indirectly influenced my choices of scholarly interests in grad school and beyond.
This is a stub until I can look at the blog more.
Scholarship 2.0: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: <strong>Science 2.0</strong>
Scholarship 2.0 is devoted to describing and documenting the forms, facets, and features of alternative Web-based scholarly publishing philosophies and practices. The variety of old and new metrics available for assessing the impact, significance, and value of Web-based scholarship is of particular interest.