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 […]

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 […]

Conferences

I presented at two conferences this month! I attended CPTSC in West Chester, Pennsylvania and the ABC International conference in Detroit, Michigan. At CPTSC, I spoke on “Teaching students to communicate as technical communicators in the interdisciplinary space of social media: Ways forward in interdisciplinary education.” In this talk, I developed a thought experiment about […]

Interviewed!

I was honored when one of my former students asked me to participate in an interview about my involvement in civic life. I talked for much longer than the five minutes allowed (but of course). You can see the edited-down version here: I’d like to note that fantastic Christian rock band Bleach is a co-star […]

I’ve joined a board! 

My friend and collaborator Chris Krycho is beginning work on a massive note-taking/referencing managing/word-processing/document formatting tool aimed at making things easier for writers of academic research, and he’s keeping people updated via email. (It’s temporarily called rewrite.) The goal is to replace the hodgepodge collection of research tools that each academic uses with a single piece of […]

About Town

I was honored to have three speaking requests in March. I opened the month speaking to the Surge Network on “The Blessings and Curses of Social Media”. I was honored to present to pastors with suggestions on how to approach unhealthy and healthy social media use in their work with parishioners. The talk was recorded; […]