I’m home today trying to compose reading lists for my upcoming PhD exams. Drafts of these lists have already been written but I wanted to look at some other texts that I’ve purchased but never read yet to see if they would apply to my areas–trauma theory, history of rhetoric [with a focus on kairos] and computers & composition [with a focus on blogs].
I shuffled some books around the shelves then got on the computer to procrastinate.
I checked my email to find a colleague had sent the link to the December 2006 issue of Reconstruction on Theories/Practices of Blogging and through my clicking around, I found that in 2005 they published an issue on the Rhetorics of Place. Cool! But even cooler is that one of the blog issue’s essays, “Two papers, me in between” is an autoethnographic account that discusses many of the same issues I’ve dealt with when trying to figure out how to include my own experience and be an academic researcher at the same time. All I can say is that I am so lucky to be taking Carolyn’s autoethnography class at this point in my PhD!!!
When I was done with that discovery, I started clicking on links in my blogroll and found that Jill/txt is writing a book on blogging. She’s got her past research links up too and while I’ve kept up with Jill’s work over the years, I don’t remember the term distributed narrative. The more I read about it, the more it seems to fit with what I am seeing in post-Katrina NOLA blogs, with the main difference being in that each blogger is telling his/her own story and not collectively composing it, although I’m sure arguments can be made for that as well, particularly on sites like the ThinkNOLA wikis and the NOLA blogger email list.
Anyway, I went on to Google to see what else is out there about distributed narrative and a lot of it is Jill’s or people talking about Jill’s work. One such blogger is Christy Dena whose blog is called Cross-Media Entertainment. Again, on first viewing of what’s discussed there, the term “cross-media” is more fitting for gamers, Second Life-rs, interactive sites, etc., but if emails are included, then why not blogs?!
Needless to say, I’m going to keep checking in on these sites when not reading the old school hard cover texts that are on my reading lists! 😉