How Should A Person Be?

Time for a little re-branding. After a bit of a break I am coming back to this blog with new enthusiasm and a slightly new angle. I am going on maternity leave in 3 months and have few teaching commitments in that time [or after for a period too of course] I am going to use this Blog to share thoughts, information and ideas about a broader range of subjects – see my strap line. I have nicked my Blog’s subtitle from a brilliant if controversial book I recently read by Canadian author Sheila Heti. Her 2013 novel/memoir How Should A Person Be? addresses this age old philosophical question in a provocative and striking way and reflects the theme of the content here. It also, conveniently, ring-fences a field of inquiry that legitimizes posting on all sorts of subjects – social, cultural, political, literary, cinematic – and post i will.  I’ll be offering a short personal review of Heti’s book soon.

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Podcasting to the Digital Community and Beyond

Project 4 of the online portfolio you are required to devise, plan, record and upload a Podcast to the Podcast Page of your blog.  A Podcast is

pod·cast  

/ˈpädˌkast/

Noun

A multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player, computer, etc.
Verb

Make (a multimedia digital file) available as a podcast.

Here are some useful and interesting podcast sites for you to look at. Listen/watch a few to get a sense of the format and content presentation of a range of Podcasts on a variety of topics.

BBC Points of View

‘Best of’ UK Podcasts selection

Best of 2012/13 Podcasts [Canada]

A great way to share research and deas:

Aleks Krotoski – researcher and journalist

Digital Human Series 1 and 2

Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world, looking at the urge to capture every image, experience and feeling for online eternity and how technology touches everything people do, both on and offline.

untangling the web – Krotoski book published April 2013

Tricia Wang – sm researcher and sociologist

Danah Boyd – researcher in social media

And finally here’s some exemplary eco-activism use of podcasts and social media to build communities and awareness of environmental issues:

the story of stuff project

That’s plenty to be looking at for now.

E-mail me your ideas and I can give you further direction for your research.

Narrating The Self in Film, Fiction and [other] Transliteral Media

An informal presentation of past film work and current research at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus as part of

‘In this level 3 Creative Practice seminar session Sarah will put some of her past film work in to context and present some of her current research.

Sarah Gibson Yates is a writer and filmmaker interested in how we read, write, interpret and interact with representations of Self in a variety of media. She has made both fiction and non-fiction films in a variety of contexts including galleries, museums, festivals and schools, taught filmmaking to students of all ages and engaged the public in range of community and professional film art practices. More recently Sarah has been exploring the way social technologies are changing the way we present ourselves online through social networking, and in particular the notion of profile making as a form of ephemeral portraiture, and the personal, social and ethical consequences of indelible digital identities. She has written a novel exploring these ideas that has been funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council and developed through the new writing scheme Gold Dust with Sally Cline, and is undergoing final editing with her agent. Seed development funding was also awarded to explore some of these ideas through a publicly engaged workshop. Her paper on this creative research work in progress is shortly to be published by Intellect’s peer-reviewed journal Book 2.0.’

 

Broadcast to No-one

The trouble with blogging is that you don’t know if anyone is listening. Or is that its blessing. Sure, i could look at my stats, see if anyone’s paid a visit but I can’t get specifics. Visitor number 3? Was s/he a publisher? politician? pervert or panda? But hey. Do roads care whether a glossy gold Lexus or a clapped out Honda’s worn down their tarmac? It’s just another car. Perhaps blogging is best when you become resolved to the oftentimes soliptistic activity that it is…only minutely elevated into the public realm from leaving your moleskin notebook on a train without a return address.