This evening I took a moment to revisit a favourite radio 4 series by researcher in all things digital Aleka Krotoski and found this [see below]. It’s sparking a blog post series that I am naming Inspired by the Internet and will consist in the sharing and archiving a collection of creative visual, written and audio work that has been inspired by our online lives. We’re only touching the tip of our creative responses to the multiple and nefarious ways that we are being shaped by our digital technology. No longer simply a tool to perform tasks, technology tells us something about our world as it is now.
We’d be fools not to listen hard.
[oh yes and I LOVE this poem.]
Poem Looked Up On Google Streetview by Ross Sutherland
And in a related article – a digital artists has noticed some curious anomolies in the steet view captured process. Google’s inner surrealist is out!
Source: Blogs and Blurbs and Tweets: Oh my!
For all you Academics out there. This post from Anglia Ruskin University’s Research Service Team has some really useful links on how to bump up your research profile and increase impact using social media. I particularly like Pat Thomson’s piece in TES on the value of blogging to improve ‘your academic writing by allowing you to experiment with ‘voice’ and practice economical and approachable communication style.’ I really recognise this last part. I’ve been having a long slow conversation with my blog over 5 years now and it’s been an important tool in helping me shape my thoughts and how I want to communicate them. Particularly useful for Early Career Researchers like me – and a conversation that will continue…
It’s not entirely shocking news that children and young people spend more time online than watching TV nowadays.
What is interesting though is how hard it is to find out anything much about Googles online roadshow for safer interenet for primary schools [see end of article]. Apart from a skeletal outline of its top tips which you can read here:
This must have taken an entry level employee 15 minutes max to knock up.
Google weak expression of digital conscience is being sold to us as digital citizenship education and we’re all being urged to take part – but it’s hard to see what that really means here. For instance what else does the largest corporation on the internet plan to do? Are they going to come and deliver this roadshow? I guess not. Who needs too hey? It’s online! But my experience of teaching in HE for 10 years has taught me that just because its online doesn’t mean anyone gives a shit or that a student will actually read it. Nevermind take it in/understand it/feel its impact. People make an impact. I suspect the real task of impressing the importance of following Googles tips for a safer internet to already hugely overloaded children/YPs will be left to already hugely overloaded teachers. These children/YPs face a mass of unenviable interesting times as they move into adulthood and are forced to deal with the mess we’re leaving them – on so many levels it boggles. Perhaps Google could invest a little more back to the communities, present and future, that feed it. Give us all a real lesson in digital citizenship. Or maybe they’d rather stick to doing what they know: investing their time and resources into serving themselves and shareholders, and exploiting even more of us for even more information to sell on for profit. Go Google digital citizenship.
I have recently undergone a change of supervisory team because I have changed the focus of my creative writing PhD from writing a novel about the impact of social media and motherhood to one looking at the impact on young people of growing up online. This articlce by experience PhD supervisor and examiner Tara Brabazon has some really interesting things to say about the importance of getting your supersisory team right.
Really interesting piece here by YA author Liz Flanagan interviewing authors who write together.
Collaborative Writing in YA Fiction
So you might have noticed that I did not, absolutely and completely definitely not, complete my first draft by the deadline. What was I thinking sticking a countdown clock on my blog/in my life? It wasn’t going to happen. Kids is what happens, illnesses, birthdays, playdates, broken nights, christmas, holidays, all that bloody fun you’re supposed to be having with them all the time. Well. Better women than I have completed a lot more I know in lot less time and to them I raise my hat [not metaphorical. i’m actually wearing one and raising it briefly, it’s cold in here.] But for me n’est pas posseeeeble. For now. But just you wait ‘enry higgins, just you wait.
So you might have noticed I’ve popped a novel rewrite coutdown metre on my side bar. Madness i hear you cry. I know. That’s why I’ve changed my header image…a mad hatters tea party is something I know something about. Ludicrous conversations about words and ideas, frustrations and a right old merry dance…a lot of which goes on in my head [on my own in a solitary room] as did arguably the whole of Alice’s adventures [not a room of course but a pleasant outdoor nap on a summer’s day]. But then even that sleep was born of a mind. Imagination knows no boundaries and goes where it will. But I am hoping a deadline will help it go where I will. This is my hope. Will be posting various ups and downs and reads along the way. Wish me luck. 🙂
Sad to be missing out on this conference this year but following the action…
#ARUx2015 Annual Research Conference: Follow the action on Twitter.
I started my PhD in July 2013 with a novel for adults proposal exploring motherhood and social media but found myself too conflicted about how to use my time as I am also trying to revise a YA novel. I also have a part time lecturering post and 2 boys [1 and 4]. So since returning to my PhD after a maternity break i have made the very sensible decision to combine both PhD and YA novel and change my PhD to be about my YA novel. Genius. I still want to Write How We Become and i hope i will, but it’s going in a drawer for now. I’m excited by this new direction. Going YA. And at the prospects of, over the next years, emersing myself in YA – specifically realist YA and even more spcecifically anything about young people’s experiences with/of technology. So far I’ve found a number of YA books I love, that I was moved by and that linger in the mind – and some that certainly didn’t do any of the above. My job now is to figure out what makes the books in the former category the way they are and head there in my own writing. Any suggestion on excellent YA reads, particularly realist and tech lit – please send my way!