I started a blog over a year ago and I have some content on it, but not enough to list it here. I bookmarked many of the blogs that are listed in the posts on this site. They are impressive. Moving forward, I ideally would like to have more access to the research sources that I was using when I started blogging. I also need to improve the graphic content and technical features. I do think that blogs are beneficial for the work we do in American studies, so I want to return to this practice.
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I don't understand why anyone should object to blogs, or see them purely as a stepping-stone towards career advancement. Given the generally shocking state of academic writing these days - one only has to be a referee or an editor of a journal to understand this - a blog might offer an opportunity for anyone to try communicating their ideas in coherent form.
Hi there -
Yes! As you see, there are several of us on this thread who have a home at Penn State Harrisburg. PSU has the resources to host student blogs and one element of a first-year graduate experience is to become familiar with the world of blogging. Dr. Simon Bronner requires the student to establish their own in his Theory and Method course and many of us continue or expand upon the sites throughout our graduate years. As an authority on digital culture, Dr. Anthony Buccitelli also encourages this type of writing.
Hi. My research is in the social history of letter writing and postal history. I found a great book by Catherine Golden called "Posting It." It might have some useful notes that could direct you to other sources. Hope that helps.
A good place to start is Raymond Williams's keywords, under Communication.
Dear B. Rahimi,
I suggest you take a look at the Society for the History of Technology website at http://www.historyoftechnology.org/. You should be able to get a start by looking at the page for "Resources for Students, Researchers & Teachers."
Your query gave me reason to do some brainstorming. Four items came to mind.
1) I've been listening to Bernard Cornwell's most recent "Sharpe" novel, taking place in 1820-21. In it, the military uses a long-distance communications device that emits clacks as it posts messages. These sounds are the background of scenes of the story, adding to the book's veracity. Such developments in military communications will be an important part of your study.