10 Books (Some) Explanation

10 Books No Explanation was a fun little Facebook trend. I am vastly in favor of populating Facebook feeds with book covers, so I was happy to oblige. Also, I love books. I’m incapable of the “no explanation” part, but I can at least get the 10 books part right. These ten are chronological from […]

New Article!

I’m honored and thrilled to announce that “A Comparison of Research Topics Associated With Technical Communication, Business Communication, and Professional Communication, 1963–2017” has just been published at IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. If you’d like to look at the database (Excel file) that I worked from to create the article, it is linked above! Happy […]

Grant Awarded!

I’m honored to report that SIGDOC has chosen to give me a Career Advancement Research Grant! Their financial assistance is providing storage space for a tool to help meta-analyze social media research across disciplines. The goal is to help technical communication see where its social media research is participating in larger interdisciplinary conversations and see […]

On Journalism, Social Media, and COVID-19

A colleague of mine pointed me toward a Ben Thompson’s Stratechery piece entitled “An Interview with Zeynep Tufekci About Masks, Media, and Information Ecology.” The interview is long, fascinating, and behind a paywall. However, the part of it that struck my interest was a single quote that doesn’t even need to be in context to […]

On The Types of Blogging

One of bloggers’ favorite things to do is to discuss whether blogging is dead. Venkatesh Rao was the latest person to catch my attention with a variant of the “blogging is dead” idea, saying “If blogging is a cat with nine lives, this is probably the eighth death.” C’est la vie. These claims often include […]

Crowdsource TPC

At CPTSC 2019, I discussed ways forward for teachers of social media in technical communication. There are few resources for tech comm social media teachers, and I argued that a centralized place to share materials would be a boon to teachers. Enter Crowdsource TPC, an initiative built by Chris Lam at the University of North […]

Book Review: You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane, author of AI Weirdness blog. Talking to experts about tech (really, talking to experts about a lot of things) is an exercise in readjusting expectations about what the tech/thing/field can […]

On Twitter Bots and the Presence of Disinformation

On the latest episode of Winning Slowly, I made a statement that Chris took exception to but didn’t have time to mention in the podcast. So he wrote a blog post on it, which I excerpt here: Early on in the episode, I noted that people’s feeling of decline is itself a kind of actual decline, and Stephen disagreed: […]

Published at New Media and Society!

I’m thrilled to report that a collaboration between Anya Hommadova Lu and I is Online First at New Media and Society. “Work–game balance: Work interference, social capital, and tactical play in a mobile massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game” is based on data that Anya collected in a 19-month virtual ethnography of the game Lords […]