Teaching this semester involves a welcome return to DIGC330 Digital Asia and the most satisfying collaborative blog I’ve been fortunate to be a part of in my teaching experience. The subject is very much directed by the students own interests, both personal and professional, and the results are unpredictable and revealing of the way that we are capable of coming to an understanding of cultures that are not our own.
Nearly finish impmapping* the paper for the October talk on ‘Persona Autosurveillance’ over the weekend, still some missing pieces but I’m happy with the shape that is slowly coming together
* impermanent mapping – a temporary mind map of the flow of a research project
Exceptionally happy with the $13Au price tag for Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory as there is nothing worse than ridiculous prices for academics books.
I’m not talking sales here, I’m talking access, and for that price I’m going to buy a copy for my Kindle. My reading and research is almost entirely confined to the digital and my bookcases increasingly giving way to Lego as I replace paper.
Initially my embrace of the Kindle app on the iPad mini was a response to neck pain and difficulties with long hours of reading, but the word search, note taking, bookmarking, and audio sync features make me happy and my reading more productive, which is very important give the limited time available for reading.
Paper is still magnetic in its attraction and my office is still littered with the stuff – books on shelves, printed articles when my eyes need a different surface to move over – it is an all expression of the legacy techniques of the institution. The recent shift to PDF is a simply digital arrangement of the same forces involved, at least most of the mess is restricted to digital realm of the email inbox.