Tuesday, October 2

Got myself together (yeah!)

Following the time honored tradition (all 15 years of it) of academics in cyberspace looking for trouble and tenure, i'm going to do the ethnographic thing (like that technical talk, huh?) on a couple of high-profile Black websites.   

just completed an application for a publication workshop...i feel like my tenure clock is ticking madly.  Not to mention, i dunno how much longer Hurricane Katrina (the subject of my dissertation) is going to be of interest to the world.  

My RA delivered a nice looking spreadsheet that compiled a couple of webliographies of online identity resources, so now i get to go thru and fix the dead links (joy).

*sigh*  my life is exciting, i swear.

Thursday, September 27

Further thoughts

i don't know how any other recent PhD's feel, but having other people read my dissertation REALLY wracks my nerves.  It's not that it isn't good - it is VERY good, if i may say so myself - but as i go through it, i realize that i could have expressed myself better in places. 


anyhoo, my co-instructor really likes it, and has offered to mentor me through the process of turning it into a book.  how hot is that?

in other news, i have decided to take the stealth approach with regards to approaching major Black organizations about their use of technology to communicate.  more on this later....

Sunday, September 23

Research Scrapbook

i needed to find a place to backup my research idears and processes...then i realized that i already had a place where i used to do that.

So i'm back.

Current research idears:

  • Black blogs and environmental justice - is anyone out there?
  • revising the dissertation for publication
  • anybody studied BET.com or BlackPlanet.com?
  • looking for a Black organization using technology in significant ways to keep its employees/membership together

Current research processes:
  • a comprehensive list of black and black-oriented blogs
  •  - this is going to be problematic for a number of reasons...need to revisit
  • updated webliography for online identity research
  • continue developing a framework for examining online cultural content
Dunno if anyone still reads this joint (no-one's posted in over a year), but anyone with advice on being new, Black, tenure-track faculty at a research one university holla atcha boy.

More content later...