Thanks to my fellow panelist from last month’s MLA, I was pointed to “Yielding to Convention” from the Chronicle Careers page. Looking for the wacky paper titles that has earned MLA it’s own wacky reputation, the author’s girlfriend stumbled into our blogging panel.
Ashley went to one on the emergent literary genre of blogging. I think she was drawn, in part, by the promise that the paper about a blogging group called “The Vagina Posse” would exhibit the prime MLA virtue of provocation. Instead, it was almost homey in its sincerity. Ashley learned a good bit about blogging — why people write and read blogs, how bloggers borrow from other genres, and how teachers might use blogging to teach composition.
If you saw the artwork that Chandra’s infertile women bloggers created, I don’t think you’d call it “homey,” but whatever… 😉
From the Wired Campus section of The Chronicle comes “Katrina Blog at Tulane U. Provides a Venue for Reflection and Memory,” which led me to an older piece “The Internet as Emergency Tool.” The Tulane bloggers posts are here, and provide more insight into how much the storm affected an unfathomable amount of people all across the greater New Orleans area and its suburbs, which are rarely mentioned in the news. It takes locals telling their stories to know this. I can’t imagine being a freshman who had just moved in, at any university in NOLA…
Finally, and the most important link of all, is the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, which has the following mission:
[It] contributes to the ongoing effort by historians and archivists to preserve the record of these storms by collecting first-hand accounts, on-scene images, blog postings, and podcasts. We hope to foster some positive legacies by allowing the people affected by these storms to tell their stories in their own words, which as part of the historical record will remain accessible to a wide audience for generations to come.
The amount of stories to read is overwhelming, but each one is so important.
I plan to add my parents’ story later tonight. Again, in my opinion, the truth from the locals is much more important than the media’s or government’s “take” on things.