Monday, April 10, 2006


Division run
Originally uploaded by on-the-run.

I'm full! I seem to be eating twice as much as normal and twice as often. Yesterday was a good day despite not being able to upload any pics of SF even after the lovely DrKate loaned me her cable. So the photo's of another city at another time.

Sunday morning I stumbled out of bed for an early session after a night out with Jackie and Julie. We went to see the wonderfully funny "Adam and Steve" at the Castro Theatre. I haven't laughed so much in a long time. Anyway I made it to the session - Colin was the (provocative) discussant. Kevin Leander set me thinking with his critique of the concepts of literacy practices and events. He sees the concepts - a product of an ethnography of a close-knit community - as problematic when applied to new online/offline literacies that have less fixity and are enacted in more fluid networks. I'm not completely convinced by this. Don't the concepts transfer. I always thought that the "practices" ideas offered the possibility of a robust account of the power dynamic in meaning-making and communication.

Anyway that got me thinking, with more themes sparked off by Chuck Kinzer and Gloria Jacobs (on IM profiles). Wound up the conference day with Kurt Squires on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and a meal in Chinatown.


Joolz said...

I am unconvinced b Kev's vritique too .. at second hand-glance it suggests that he thinks online practices are more different from off line practices than I would imagine them to be ..

Anonymous said...

Ohhh i am very envious of you and DrKate and all the excitement you're having - are you intellectually full as well as physically full? I wish I could be there to listen and learn and question and critique critiques. But I am having fun teaching about verbs and adverbs ...sort of :/

Kate said...

Good luck today Guy and we will meet in the session we are doing!

Guy Merchant said...

Anya, you must be working very dutifully. I wish you had been there (if you do some grammar on that you'll realise that I'm not there any longer either!).