Conferences,  Randoms

November Roundup/Linkup

What’s that? There was a November? I hadn’t really noticed. It’s been a wild month or so, but here are some of the things that have keep me busy the last several weeks:

  • Watching the Chicago Bears and the Wisconsin Badgers football teams win games. While my fantasy football team is on a horrendous losing streak, my “reality” teams are on big winning streaks. I’ll take that.
  • Doing the academic job market thing. For anyone out there finishing a Ph.D. and applying for jobs (especially those within the field of Communication), I’d highly recommend this series of posts on Jonathan Gray’s blog. His blog provides a lot of good info from the perspective of someone who went through the process several times and learned a bunch along the way. Jonathan is an Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Watching a lot of cable TV at airports and hotel rooms. In the process, I came to understand all the fuss over cable news. And by fuss, I mean hatred. In particular, I watched a Glenn Beck episode where he spent 30 minutes arguing the European Union is (intentionally) the reincarnation of the Tower of Babel and I noticed that CNN Headline News has gone the way of MTV, in that it offers neither headlines or news.
  • Attending back-to-back conferences in San Fransisco: the National Communication Association conference and the African Studies Association conference. While conferences are always a good opportunity to see what interesting projects others are up to, I had forgotten that attending conferences is a great for getting you excited about your own research. Several times, I found myself sitting in the audience at a panel and getting excited about moving forward on my own research. Those moments are really valuable.

And some other things, too. What I didn’t do was a lot of blogging. I’m hoping to remedy that in the near future.

Brian Ekdale is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. He studies global digital cultures.

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