Score me tardy, but I’m just now getting around to posting shreds of notes on a few of the sessions I attended at the conference last week.  Been called worse than a slacker.  Much worse.

A.15 Public, Private, Political: Social Theories and Blogging Practices
Lanette Cadle talked on her research involving four-month studies on the
Livejournal weblogs kept by a group of young women.  She referred to at
least two phenomena that made it into my sketchy notes: 1.) aggregated multiblog
clusters determined by group friendship designations and 2.) friend cuts–the
subtractive role call enlisting a note of "here!" to validate presence. 
Cadle also mentioned the fluidity of identity construction; she seemed to be
interested in exploring the ways communal practices and trends in linking
impact, even accelerate, identity construction. But I might have this wrong. 
Daisy Pignetti abstracted comparisons between the political weblogs used by
Howard Dean and George W. Bush’s campaign teams leading up to the 2004
Primaries.  She worked on questions about why the Dean campaign failed
despite its robust start in the blogosphere; she also suggested the expanded
role of weblogs as a campaign technology in 2008. 
Clancy Ratliff led with
reasons to complicate questions of "Where are all the women bloggers?"  I
noted more questions and connections than tidy summary statements, so I can only
say that the talk got me wondering about the relationship between audience and
opportunities for dissonance, locationality-positionality, and the degree to
which patterns of practice and stylistics in blogging might be understood as
gendered.  Clancy also mentioned subaltern counterpublics–a nice
conceptual hook due for more consideration in the often overgeneralized totality
of the blogosphere.

B.26 Evaluating Academic Weblogs: Using Empirical Data to Assess Pedagogy and
Student Achievement
I was on this panel, and honestly I didn’t take any notes.  As well, in
light of channeling all my attention and energy toward my own talk, I had a hard
time focusing on the particulars of my co-presenters, so it’s far and away more
worthwhile to consider the generous summary-overviews
here and
here and

C.Featured_Session Writing Modalities within Literacy and "Electracy": A
Conversation with Gregory Ulmer
Let me see.  Quite a lot going on here.  If only I could read my
notes.  The talk was in a curtained space, so it was like a two-for-one, a
polyvocal mingling.  Basically, Ulmer talked back to a series of
questioners–Haynes, Coleman, Davis and Jarrett.  Ulmer initiated the talk
by referring to the lack of felt he felt when he first read McLuhan’s Gutenberg
Galaxy.  He spoke of the developing apparatus–a social machine plotted in
three dimensions: technology, institutionality and identity formation.  I
appreciated Ulmer’s re-articulation of heuretics (eureka!, heuristics) next to
hermeunetics; he spoke of electrate people and non-electrate people, of moving
into electrate possibility.  My notes tell me Cynthia Haynes declared
herself a mystorian; she said Ulmer would have us consider a created mood. 
What do we do with error?  Glitch heuretics–bug, blunder, fluke. 
Graphic disobedience and propaganda remix.  State of attunement: how do we
teach students to be receptive to their change? Punctum as a sting!, getting
students to read.  Any technological apparatus is in service to memory. 
Lisa Coleman talked about the felt, connecting it with bodily/affective and
personal is political.  And then I wrote a whole bunch of unrelated stuff
on my scrap of paper.  Weird.  I guess I’ll stop here (even though I
know Davis’ and Jarrett’s bits were sharp, interesting).  I’m not
really doing justice to the complexity of these ideas; these ideas deserve
better.  My notes: not so thorough.

D.24 The Aftermath of Access: From Critical to Creative Computer Literacies
This session was subdivided into four chunks, with Jenny Bay and
Collin Brooke
each working through two units. Jenny led the session off with some defining
terms–intelligent agents and expert systems.  She spoke on interactivity, folksonomies and communal ethos.  Collin’s talk started out with a
recognition of the centripetality/centrifugality(!) of deictic gestures; he also
talked through linking practices and power laws in terms of economies of
abundance and scarcity.  Missed it?  Then you should

go listen
to these important, insightful talks on blogging now.
(Yeah, how many pod-casted CCCC papers have you checked out before?). Ah, and
better notes than mine
over here

G.23 Rapping Down the Gate: Black Women and Hip-Hop
A versusing of hypocracy and hip-hopcracy.  Elisa Norris?  Mm-hmm. 
Makes my hands shake trying to recapture this one. 
Good stuff on teaching
within hip-hop framework, on the implications of partial invocations of
African-American rhetorical traditions.  CGB’s got notes

, too.

When I have more uninterrupted time (apart from writing a short essay on
emergence and Vygotsky, chapters from de Certau, Porter and Sullivan, _Situated
Learning_ and _Situated Cognition_, and prepping for a conference talk in Albany
in mid-April), I aim to post more notes on the other sessions I attended:
H.30 Owning Knowledge: New Intersections of Intellectual Property,
Technology, and Academia
I.26 Accessing Identities: Women’s Life-writings in the Progressive Period
L.20 Exploring Online Communities
M20 Indigenous Rhetoric: Speaking to Power without Saying a Word


  1. Oh no–I am the bigger slacker. My notes still haven’t made it up. But I wanted to stop by and say how much I enjoyed your presentation. Was very impressed and glad to see someone reading from the page besides me!

  2. Thanks, Daisy. No worries about the notes, though–it’s an incredibly busy time for everyone in academia, I’d say. And reading turned out much better than I could have done just talking through my main points. I probably could have managed it the other way, but I tend to digress, and as exciting as those digressions might be, there’s no way to keep to keep it to 15 minutes when I’m following every odd tangent that flickers to mind.

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