There are less photos this time, but I did score video interviews with three relatively fringe researchers today. They’re currently being uploaded as we speak, so stay tuned!
On a personal note, instead of feeling relieved after presenting my paper today, I felt even worse. I get the sensation that I just don’t have the “academic literacy” that the other scholars possess. While I might be somewhat tech-savvy, I just don’t seem to be research-savvy yet. I wonder what it will take for me to reach that point. Hand-holding by advisors? I hope not. Since coming to this conference, I got to see the cross-disciplinary approaches to Internet research. Some study games, some communities, some on grassroots media, and all using different techiques for their research. Some use more rhetoric, some more quantitative, some I have no bloody idea. I find way too many things interesting, so focus could be the problem.
Interestingly, the Australian PhD requirement is a 100,000 word essay, which way different from the American system where you have to take some coursework, and produce a number of publishable papers. This is why dissertation blogs differ according to region: Australian ones have word-count updates, while American ones generally “bitch“. But don’t take my word for it… take a look this slide I took from Melissa Gregg’s presentation on “Banal Bohemia: Blogging from the ivory tower hot desk”. Her paper draws on a number of examples and looks at blogging as a prism through which the shifting nature of academic labour can be understood. She found that blogs serve in offering a space for sharing the disappointments and anxieties of scholars, be it PhD candidates or junior faculty.