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The blog I started two years ago falls under Jean's definition of "the blog no one reads." And I intentionally developed my blog as "the blog no one reads." It is first and foremost a blog to help develop my thoughts on various interrelated subjects in my field. It may help others with their own line of thinking about these subjects, and, if it does, then that's great. I do think, as Patrick pointed out, that a blog with lengthy historiographies can be boring. My blog currently has a sub-section that has become a lengthy historiography appearing on one page.
Professor Jean, like Patrick Cox before him, raised questions about blogging, a few of which interest me very much.
I have been blogging for six years now, successfully in terms of developing a following in different countries, and have some recommendations for would-be bloggers, though I don't know how anyone but independent scholars would find the time and energy to blog to a non-academic audience.
I did not want to join the discussion, but I somewhat feel compelled to after Patrick's injunction and call to action !
I was an early fan of academic blogging but practice changed my mind. First and foremost blogging is a highly time-consuming activity and academic time is becoming scarcer, and the ROI is far from obvious.
I believe there are basically three kinds of blogs :
Check out the NY Times wedding announcements. They are not exactly "objects," but they are wonderful for thinking about changing contexts.
Check out the NY Times wedding announcements. They are not exactly "objects," but they are wonderful for examining changing contexts.
For an American Studies theories and methods course I'm asking students to choose an object and analyze it within its historical context (e.g., making sense of the advent of Tupperware within the postwar context, for instance). I'd like to assign a few short sample pieces that provide cultural histories of specific (American) objects. These could be scholarly articles or shorter pieces from NYT Magazine or other popular sources. Thank you in advance for any suggestions!
Professor of American Studies
Pardon this very oddball and specific question, but I'm writing about an 18th-century painting by Nathaniel Hone entitled "The Brickdust Man" and wondering what precisely such a fellow was. A colleague observed that brickdust was sometimes used as a cleaning substance, but it's unclear whether a "brickdust man" would gather brickdust, sell brickdust, come by your house to clean things with brickdust, or who knows what. Given the wide-ranging historical areas of folks on this list, I'm hoping someone might have an inkling. The portrait was painted by Hone sometime around 1759 in London, a