Most of my blog posts pick up on small details from the week’s readings and ask questions about them or nitpick or disagree with points the authors are making. In later blog posts, this might be a function of my profound discomfort dealing with technology’s new role in death and mourning – especially as that shades into questioning the role of the body.
For example, I didn’t like Jonathan Sterne’s idea that the voice is less whole somehow if it is no longer linked to the body, so I tried to find fault with his argument. In another post, I likened researchers monitoring Facebook use to scientists performing trials on non-consenting subjects. Loss of autonomy when it comes to the body or extensions thereof (your likeness and name on social media, for instance) upsets me. When I wrote about Dead Set, I was concerned with the difference between seeing and communicating with other people – the importance of physical presence.
This fascination with the body has been evident in other work I’ve done this year (most notably in poetry I’ve written), and I hadn’t realized it was showing up in my academic work until I started reviewing my blog posts.
The other trend I notice is that in my earlier posts, I drew connections between class texts or asked questions of them, while in my later posts, I began making arguments of my own. I think that demonstrates my growing confidence with the class’s subject matter and investment in reaching my own conclusions.