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In The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman continues the discussion about the relative wisdom of entering graduate school in the humanities. In my mind, it comes down to this: getting a phd in the humanities (9.3 years on average) takes so... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at digital digs
From the Chronicle, William Germano writes on the staid nature of monographs, particularly first books. The academic book—especially that first academic book—is often conceived of as a snow globe. It's carefully constructed to be a perfect little world, its main... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at digital digs
On e-Literate, Elijah Mayfield has a good post addressing some of the myths (his term) going on around the subject of machine grading, particularly in response to the NY Times article that provocatively suggested that "Essay Grading Software Offers Professors... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at digital digs
Collin Brooke has a recent post revisiting an old CCCC presentation (I was there and posted about it back then. Collin updates his thinking in response to Anil Dash's talk on "The Web We Lost" and here. Jeff Rice also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at digital digs
The SUNY Council of Writing's annual conference was held yesterday in Buffalo. There were a number of interesting panels. Richard Miller and Kelly Kinney gave excellent plenary talks. Here I want to think about some of these conversations in relation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at digital digs
Earlier this month, Levi had a post discussing his reservations regarding the term correlationism. His concern, as I understand it, is that we have reached a point where, at least in some circles, the declaration that somthing is "correlationist" has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at digital digs
Iternation has an interview with Victor Vitanza where he discusses the idea of "big rhetoric" (see below). Big rhetoric is a concept that has been around for a few decades. It remarks on the move by which all forms of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at digital digs
As Steve Krause has noted and has been discussed a fair amount recently on the WPA-list, there is reason to be concerned with the growing role of grading writing by machines. There is a new site and petition (, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at digital digs
Atlantic Monthly has an article this month, "Anthropology Inc," that examines the ethnographic work of corporate anthropologists (a contentious term in itself, at least for academic anthropologists). The article focuses on a single company and one of its co-founders Christian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at digital digs
I was an undergrad in the pre-Internet days (late 80s, early 90s). At Rutgers even the library catalog was still paper-based in those days (i.e. a card catalog)... if you haven't ever seen a card catalog, I suggest that you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at digital digs
Steve Krause writes that the recent EDC-MOOC (in which we both participated) was "meh." I agree. But you know what else was meh for me? School. K-12. Undergrad. Grad. meh. meh. meh. I was never very good at playing the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at digital digs
Last weekend, we drove down to DC for a soccer tournament in which my son's team was participating. During the 16-hour trip there and back, we listened to an audiobook, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It's a sci-fi novel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at digital digs
Life interfered a litle last week, so I got off-track on this MOOC, so today I will be responding to both week 3 and 4 of the eLearning and Digital Culture MOOC. These weeks deal with the topic of posthumanism...... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at digital digs
Surprisingly, English teachers from K-12 through higher education are not a particularly forward-thinking bunch. Shocking right? While schoolmarm grammarian is uncharitable, it's probably closer to the mark than future-oriented innovator. So when the National Council of Teachers of English publishes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at digital digs
For week two of the eLearning and Digital Culture MOOC, one of the assignments is watching Gardner Campbell speak at Open Ed 12 from last October. Here's the video: One of Gardner's key points of reference is Gregory Bateson, specifically... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at digital digs
We often see studies of technology adoption by college students, such as those done by Pew. We know from our own classrooms and walking the campus that Pew's statistics that 96% of undergrads have cell phone and 88% have laptops,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at digital digs
With some 40,000 others I have started on this Coursera MOOC on elearning and digital culture. The first unit deals with utopian and dystopian perspectives on technology. Is it really necessary to explain why this is not a worthwhile way... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at digital digs
Probably not a commodity you want to invest in, right? Nevertheless, UB with a new provost and president is engaged in the familiar process of developing its strategic plan. It's difficult to imagine this as anything other than a cynical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at digital digs
I'm finishing up an essay for a new collection on rhetoric and the digital humanities that looks at the usefulness of a speculative digital rhetoric for dh, specifically big data applications. One of the points of commonality between speculative realism... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at digital digs
I am crawling out from under the #mlasick illness I and so many others picked up in Boston. If you followed the Twitter stream during the conference, it is likely you encountered the conversation surrounding the session "The Dark Side... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at digital digs
Here is the familiar double-bind of composition pedagogy. A composition course is, of course, intended to teach students about the writing process, which includes learning rhetorical principles and reading rhetorically (i.e with an eye toward the rhetorical/compositional strategies at work... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at digital digs
There's some conceit in the humanities, or at least in English, that one must love the object one studies. It almost feels like an elementary school playground: "if you love social media then why don't you marry it?" I don't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at digital digs
Related to my previous post on the Digital Humanities Interview Project, we will holding an MLA roundtable conversation on bring and early on Sunday morning. Here is our proposal and so related information, though if you are interested in our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at digital digs
My 11 year-old son gets these strange assignments where he's asked to come up with antonyms for real world objects (e.g. this morning he was asking "what's the opposite of 'astronomer'?" We said geologist but it could have been astrologer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at digital digs