Hey! A presentation about me!

Well, no, not really.

But I received an email about the C&W Online Conference today about Collin Brooke’s presentation/essay/blog that’s part of the C&W Online format called “Weblogs as Deictic Systems” that suggested otherwise. Here’s a quote from the abstract:

Brooke writes that In his recent Kairos article “When Blogging Goes Bad,” Steven Krause suggests that the fit between weblogs and the writing classroom isn’t perhaps as seamless as we might wish it to be. His article recounts a “failed experiment” where weblogs failed to provide a “dynamic and interactive writing experience.” The presentation takes Krause’s article less as a “cautionary tale” and more as a challenge to understand where the friction between weblogs and the writing classroom is located.

To be honest, it’s flattering to be featured so prominently in an abstract like this, but that really isn’t what Collin’s piece is about, IMO. I think it’s a lot more complicated and interesting than that, and much more about some of the interesting dynamics of social networking. I really like this term “deixis” because it seems relevant to some things I’ve been thinking about in terms of the concept of “immediacy” as I think about it in my dissertation and as I’m thinking about trying to revisit in a different book project. And, perhaps more importantly (to me, at least), he talks about the ideas of “Centripetal/Centrifugal” forces and how that ultimately impacts the way that we write and interact with texts online.

Anyway, it’s an interesting and well-worth reading project. But it doesn’t really have much to do with me. I’m just happy that someone somewhere read my essay/blog in the first place….

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