Dipping a toe in the water

I had to laugh when I saw that dear Henry Jenkins has noticed in a month off blogging (what he terms his “own personal writer’s strike“) that maybe blogging upwards of 5000 words a day is kind of, um, time consuming and so, bad news he says, he’s cutting down to only 3 posts a week.

Man I admire that guy.

Myself? In nearly a month off of blogging I’ve noticed it’s easy to fall out of the habit, but here I am again, renewed refreshed all that stuff (or not) and eager to plunge into Blogging:2008.

That said, there’ve been so many things I thought to say in the last few weeks, it’s hard to know where to start, so I’ll ease myself in by linking to David Silver’s recent post about academic reviews of the book Critical Cyberculture Studies, that he co-edited with Adrienne Massanari. He links to three reviews, all very positive. I’ve got a chapter in there about finding the quality in qualitative methods that may be sneak peak into the approach advocated in Internet Inquiry: Conversations about Method, the book I’ve co-edited with Annette Markham, which is scheduled for July release. Critical Cyberculture Studies is a very cool collection I’m happy to be part of, so it’s great to see it getting well-reviewed. From the blurb:

Taking stock of the exciting work that is being done and positing what cyberculture’s future might look like, Critical Cyberculture Studies brings together a diverse and multidisciplinary group of scholars from around the world to assess the state of the field. Opening with a historical overview of the field by its most prominent spokesperson, it goes on to highlight the interests and methodologies of a mobile and creative field, providing a much-needed how-to guide for those new to cyberstudies. The final two sections open up to explore issues of race, class, and gender and digital media’s ties to capital and commerce—from the failure of dot-coms to free software and the hacking movement.

This flagship book is a must-read for anyone interested in the dynamic and increasingly crucial study of cyberculture and new technologies.

Congratulations David and Adrienne and thanks for your work putting this collection together!

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