The Death of Blogging

I think blogging died when two things happened: 1. A blog became a required component in constructing a digital identity, which happened around the time that largely-static personal websites started to disappear. Blogs always dealt in the construction of identities, but until 2004, or so, they were just one tool among many. 2. Having a blog became the best, most efficient way for people to sell things. Blogging became a tool for selling goods and services, often on the basis of the reputation of the writer…

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Never Ending

I'm still not totally settled into my new routine, and I think that's apparent in the blog. These things happen, and I just realized that this is the third summer in a row with some sort of major life change. Maybe I've forgotten how to exist in a summer routine. While I should probably give myself a break, I think it's more realistic to accept a certain level of disruption as "the new normal," and figure out how to develop a routine around that.…

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Security Isn't a Technological Problem

Security, of technological resources, isn't a technological problem. The security of technological resources and information is a problem with people. There. That's not a very ground breaking conclusion, but I think that the effects of what this might mean for people doing security [1] may be more startling. Beyond a basic standard of "writing and using quality software" and following sane administration practices, the way to resolve security issues is to fix the way people use and understand the implications of their use.…

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These Shoes Were Made for Cyborgs

"Do eye glasses make us all cyborgs?" Someone asked me a few days ago. I was annoyed more than anything. Of course they do. Corrective lenses are a non-biological technology that shape our experience of the world and of our bodies. By this logic, pretty much every tool developed as a product of "technology" (applied science; otherwise known as tinkering with stuff,) renders us cyborgs. I like the notion that cyborgism is the rule and not the exception in the course of human history, but it makes the conversation about the cyborg moment more banal.…

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Little Goals and Big Projects

Given all of the recent changes in my life, I found myself building and rebuilding a list of things that I'd like to "in the future," sometime. The list is more than a set of mid-year "New Years Resolutions," and it's not quite as impressive as a "5 Year Plan." As a blogger with firmly ingrained habits, I feel compelled to share this list with you: Properly resume my knitting and spinning habit.…

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Methodology and Bootstrapping Intellectual Practice

Continuing from the discussion regarding intellectual practice, I've been talking with a number of people (my father in particular) about graduate school and the prospect of "bootstrapping" a scholarly practice using "new media," like blogging, and wiki making. I want to explore both my thoughts graduate school and bootstrapping with new media, and as you'd expect both of these ideas are rather intertwined. My initial gloss follows: Bootstrapping for Success The "new media," even 10 or more years on, is still quite new.…

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An Intellectual Practice

What I want, it seems to me, isn't a career--I have one of those--but to sustain intellectual life and practice. I would like to be able to ask questions, read seriously, participate in important conversations, and to write about this work and practice effectively for an audience that is invested in these discussions. This post is a follow up to my "career pathways" post. I have a blog and wiki, I can read, and my writing continues to improve.…

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