2.1.2013

2.1.2013

WARNING(?) This post talks about human anatomy–in a decidedly un-sexy way. I was watching 100 Days of Summer the other night–there is a scene in the middle of the movie where the two main characters are sitting on a picnic blanket in the middle of a crowded park in L.A.. Summer, the female protagonist–not the … Continue reading

1.29.13

1.29.13

Don’t I feel smart for having so happily lapped up the Kulick. Apparently didn’t make a lot of linguistic-friends with that article. Just finished Bucholtz and Hall–who offer a pretty damning evaluation of Kulick in their article, “Theorizing identity in language and sexuality research.” But here’s the thing: I was set up. I’ve never read … Continue reading

1.27.13

1.27.13

First: Language and Gender. Second: Computers and Writing: Third: Mariachi! Read Kulick’s “Gay and Lesbian Language”–a review essay, albeit a well-written and engaging one. Kulick also has an argument to make, which I am going to see if I can summarize. The field (variously named) which focuses on the study of the language used by … Continue reading

1.24.13

1.24.13

This post is very long. If you read it that’s fine. If you don’t want to read it that’s fine, too. But everyone should watch the video about talking like a Minnesotan–linked near the bottom of the post. I have to come up with a conversation. Something that I am willing to listen to, participate … Continue reading

1.23.13 – Multimodality

1.23.13 – Multimodality

How do we conceptualize multimodality in a class about computers and writing? I think back to those learning style tests that I took in elementary school, which hopefully labeled students as audio learners! tactile learners! visual learners! and the like. These tests are interesting in that they set up modes of learning as dichotomous. You … Continue reading

1.22.13

1.22.13

Last night I had a dream that I was giving a talk in front of a large group of women. I don’t know the topic of the talk, but there I was, on the stage of a hundred person lecture hall droning-on, on. . .Oh yeah, I was also shaving my armpits. Guess I was … Continue reading

1.16.13

1.16.13

I had an appointment this afternoon, which I made weeks ago, to speak with a person from Instructional Support Services. The appointment happened to follow Computers and Writing. And man was that weird. I was talking to this gentleman (helpful, kind, knowledgeable) about the possibility of having my students design posters which translated their best … Continue reading

1.15.13 (2)

1.15.13 (2)

Computers and Writing . . . “The Achieved Utopia of the Networked Classroom” (5 stars). “The Politics of the Interface Power and Its Electronic Contact Zones” (4 stars). I think one the the central questions in Faigley is the issue of authority in the networked classroom. The phrase he uses–borrows–is “decentering the subject.” He notes … Continue reading

1.15.13

1.15.13

Robin Lakoff is the man. My sister likes to say that to me when I’ve done something great (or even just OK); she drops her voice and it usually ends up sounding like “You duh maaaaan, Molly!” and she makes some caricatured, masculine gestures to accompany it (flexes her biceps, furrows her brow, fist-pumps, and … Continue reading