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I have to admit it: I sometimes think historicizing has become a little overrated. At the same time, though, we all have access to over 20 years of academic discussion in H-AMSTDY’s Discussion Logs (and all the other H-Net logs, too) so we may as well use it to see if we can glean any perspective on today’s issues.
Read Richard John's book, "Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications." John is at Columbia University and is usually quite willing to help people out with questions.
You can also contact me if you like, firstname.lastname@example.org - curator at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
At the start of this discussion I had many questions about how to categorize blogs on the list, and for a while I was thinking my questions had changed (as most early research questions do). But late in the discussion “groups blogs” and “e-magazines” have come up, though in reference to difference websites. I’ve been thinking they really are the same thing. Some people have given good reasons why they are valuable: the synergy around the subject, the multiple points of view. I think there’s also something about them that aesthetically and psychologically resembles journals.
I am a postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I am looking for a roommate from Wed, October 7-Sat, October 10 for the upcoming ASA meeting in Toronto. Message me at email@example.com if you are looking for a roommate for those approximate dates. I am also willing to consider someone who only needs a roommate for the dates of October 8-10.
In response to the lively discussion regarding readings that consider an object, we have started a "Readings of Interest" page at H-Material-Culture. The page currently lists all of the books, articles, essays, and websites that came up as part of this discussion. However, we will add other lists as topics of interest arise.
If you have an idea for a reading list or want to add to an existing list, please send the information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line indicating that you are contributing to a reading list. Thanks!
Zeynep Tufekci's work on networked activism online might be useful here, as would Adi Kuntsman's on digital militarisms. Alice Marwick's writing might provide a good framework in terms of the language of social media. There's also a lot of useful pieces from the International Journal of Communication--here's one on Facebook mobilization in Gaza (http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3581). IJOC also recently did a special section on selfies that might be a good entry point for first year students: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/issue/view/11#more4.