Allegiance, King of the Hill, and the Telephone Game

Autobiography within the frameworks of Berlant’s intimate publics becomes a telephone game.  “Normative” expectations become warped as informational integrity becomes attenuated.  One person says something, then another person has to say something “more real” (i.e. more extreme) as a way to maintain authority within a shifting political framework. This doesn’t always happen.  People like Ghandi,…

Self-Help Books Use Personal Narratives from Therapeutic Settings

I have trouble “trusting” books by Susan Forward and some others because the examples seem rather inflammatory, possibly even exaggerated.  But the experiences described are very, very relatable – clearly effective rhetorically due to that sense of interpersonal resonance, but does this also indicate epistemic validity?  Is the ethos “real” as in authentic?  Or manufactured…

Hayles promotes Comparative Media Studies

​ N. Katherine Hayles is concerned that the increasing disconnect between digital media scholars and traditional (i.e. print-based) scholars will lead to significant losses in knowledge: Print-based scholars would become increasingly marginalized, unable to communicate not only with Digital Humanities colleagues but also with researchers in the social sciences and sciences, who routinely use digital…

Ferron and Massa – “Studying collective memories in Wikipedia” to Amanda Knox, Trayvon Martin, and Cultural Trauma

Ferron, Michela and Paolo Massa – “Studying collective memories in Wikipedia.” They found that Wikipedia articles related to traumatic events (such as September 11th, Chernobyl, and the London Train Bombings) received more editing during anniversary periods than during the rest of the year. Although I do find this interesting and perhaps useful, I feel as…

Classroom Collaboration – Trauma and Standpoint

If emotional abuse is prevalent in relationships, is it also common in the classroom?  Many people are unaware of verbal abuse as abuse – given the hierarchies of power in the classroom, one could easily see a perpetrator trying to establish or maintain vantage. Some hypothetical examples: Creative writing teacher feels that most students “can’t…