Category Archives: social networking

September 8, 2014, 10:01 am

Kennedy to Native American Studies Critic: Drop Dead

Ford_to_CityOK, University of Illinois Board of Trustees chair Chris Kennedy did not exactly say that to University of Minnesota Native American Studies scholar Jean O’Brien, who had written to express her distress over the Steven Salaita #HireFire.

But Gerald Ford didn’t say “drop dead” to New YOrk City either, and it made an awesome headline as one of the cultural and financial capitals of the world was skidding into bankruptcy in the spring of 1975. Didn’t it? In fact, all Ford was trying to do was sacrifice the health and welfare of a major American city in order to send a not-so-subtle message to the conservative wing of his part that he wasn’t a panty-waist Rockefeller Republican.

Christopher Kennedy might want to think about what this colossal error in judgment is costing him. For example, Gerald Ford didn’t get to be president, much longer, did he? If being misquoted can cost you your…

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December 23, 2013, 12:19 pm

Job Market Rage Redux

Caution-Drama-Queen-Just-AheadThis gem is making the rounds of the interwebs: UC-Riverside’s English department plans to let semi-finalists for its job in American Literature know five days in advance if they are to be interviewed at the Modern Language Association meeting. Rebecca Schuman, a writer for Slate and The Chronicle of Higher Education has outed them on her blog, pan kisses kafka. After years of winning prizes, Schuman went through four job seasons without being offered a job. She quit to become an education journalist. “These days,” she writes in her profile, “I can’t believe I ever wanted to be a full-time professor, given how much more fun it is to be able to say whatever the fuck I want to and get paid for it.”

I can’t believe that she isn’t a little more cautious about attacking people in public without getting their side of the story, given that she is a professional journalist. And yes, it…

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October 30, 2012, 3:03 pm

The Morning After: the Twitterati Report #Sandy

Morning, October 30 2012. Photo credit: Tenured Radical

Before I get to the role that Twitter played in documenting Hurricane Sandy yesterday, I have to ask: do you remember the “disaster girl,” Maureen McGovern?

A singer with an otherwise middling career, McGovern had two cheesy hits in the 1970s that are still played in elevators today.  One was “The Morning After.” It was the so-called “love theme” from The Poseiden Adventurea 1972 movie about a cruise ship that overturned in a tsunami, dooming (nearly) everyone aboard. McGovern re-recorded the song, originally sung by an even more obscure chanteuse, and it went up the charts with a bullet in 1973. This success got her the job of singing “We May Never Love Like This Again,” the love theme for The Towering Inferno, a 1974 thriller about the world’s…

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August 28, 2011, 10:13 am

The Canceled Vacation, Back To School Nation, Hurricane Irene Blues

One of our favorite techniques for handling those last ten days before school starts is to go on a short beach vacation.  For the second year in a row, our plans have been canceled because of a hurricane.  Last year we were supposed to go to Stonington, CT. After endless dire predictions (which included the hurricane making landfall at Stonington and a ten year old relative calling to advise us not to go) we canceled, only to watch the storm drift out to sea, leaving a beautiful weekend behind. (more…)

March 12, 2011, 1:08 pm

The Social Network: Or; Does Networking Really Matter To An Academic Career?

One of 17 ways to visualize Twitter.

Why do we tell young scholars to “network,” and what  do we mean by it?

As I was finishing up Samuel Delany’s Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999) last night, I came across this gem of a quote on p. 138:

I feel that my career benefits regularly from the results of my networking.  My ultimate take on networking is, however, this:  No single event in the course of my career that I can cite has been directly caused by networking.  Nevertheless, the results of networking have regularly smoothed, stabilized, and supported my career and made it more pleasant (there is that term again) than it would have been without it.

In general I would say (and I would say this to young writers particularly):  Rarely if ever can networking make a writing career when no career is to be made.

Delany, as many of you know, is a queer science fiction writer who has also…

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January 28, 2011, 12:23 pm

Friday Guest Posting: Katrina Gulliver, “In Olden Days, A Glimpse of Blogging”

A French blogger, circa 1900. 

Katrina Gulliver is a historian based at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. Her current research focuses on urban identity in colonial cities. You can see her website here, or follow her on twitter @katrinagulliver.

I have been blogging in various venues for over ten years. Aside from some early experiments, it has been under my own name. In that time, the history blog world has changed plenty.

The chorus used to be: “Not if you’re on the market!”, “Be careful if you’re untenured.”Some departments are toxic, and people are right to be afraid of some things. But to fear having a life online is merely to perpetuate the paranoia. Academics seem more paranoid than others about being unveiled online, and yet seem compelled to create such forms, tempting fate that they are discovered. Perhaps the solo lifestyle of academic research (particularly in the…

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