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Public, Private, Political: Social Theories and Blogging Practices

Public, Private, Political: Social Theories and Blogging Practices (Jerz’s CCCC 05 Notes) The first panel I attended, Wednesday evening. Lanette Cadle, Bowling Green State University, presented “Their Own Space: Adolescent Girls and the Personal Weblog.” “At Livejournal, girls rule.” 67% are women, and the site features over 2 million active blogs. Yet women are under-represented in online research. Cynthia Gannet discusses the gender split between the historic concept of the journal…

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Calling All Bloggers — Friday Special Interest Group

Calling All Bloggers – Friday Special Interest Group (Jerz’s CCCC 05 Notes) Friday evening’s “Calling all Bloggers” special interest group, organized by Charles Lowe, was an energetic and productive hour. I facilitated a breakout session on institutional blogging, where we discussed ways that blogs might be useful for building an instructional archive to be used by the dozens of writing instructors at Weber State U, or for a service-learning project at…

The Maltese Falcon: Questions I Wish I had Asked My Father

The Maltese Falcon: Questions I Wish I had Asked My Father (Jerz’s CCCC 05 Notes) This was a personal and literary reflection by Jo Hammett, the daughter of noir detective novelist Dasheill Hammett. The novel and movie The Maltese Falcon are set in San Francisco, so a conference session on the subject seemed appropriate. After the commanding performance of a master storyteller like Perl, making the transition to Hammett’s low-key presentation…

Breaking the Cycle of Hate: A Teacher's Journey

Breaking the Cycle of Hate: A Teacher’s Journey (Jerz’s CCCC 05 Notes) I met Sondra Perl on the shuttle ride from the airport. She told me her presentation would be on her experience talking about the Holocaust with writing students in Austria. Since Seton Hill has a National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, we exchanged cards and I told her I’d suggest her name as a possible future speaker. Her description…

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Writing Teachers Writing New Media

Writing Teachers Writing New Media (Jerz’s CCCC 05 Notes) “What did you guys do to earn walls?” -overheard during the (long) setup for this presentation. Hoping to find an opportunity to continue the discussion of the intellectual property issues Lawrence Lessig raised on Thursday, I attended “Writing Teachers Writing New Media,” where three young presenters from The Ohio State University (Scott Lloyd DeWitt, Jason Palmeri, and another presenter filling in for…

CCCC, Day 1, Session 1

Finally getting around to blogging some notes about sessions I’ve attended. I don’t know if the overall quality of the conference has improved or if I just really know how to pick ‘em, but all the sessions I’ve attended so far have been great. The first session I attended was “Evaluating Academic Weblogs: Using Empirical Data to Assess Pedagogy and Student Achievement.” — Clancy Ratliff –CCCC, Day 1, Session 1 (CultureCat)…

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More pr than no-holds-barred on bosses' corporate blogs

Since blogs became the next big thing, an increasing number of companies have come to see them as the next great public relations vehicle — a way for executives to demonstrate their casual, interactive side. But, of course, the executives do nothing of the sort. Their attempts at hip, guerrilla-style blogging are often pained — and painful. –Amy Joyce –More pr than no-holds-barred on bosses’ corporate blogs (Detroit News) I gave…