Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Okay, so here is a presentation I did tonight for my Technical Communication as Cultural Practice class (which is the skeleton for my seminar paper). I don't know PowerPoint, so I did this little Web-based presentation. If you look at the screens, you'll get the jist of it, I hope, but since you didn't hear my talk, not all the context is there. Feedback is appreciated.

I still have a good bit more reading and research to do on this topic . . . I know it's not as fleshed out right now as it should be. I mean, I know that any topic you apply cultural studies methodology to--which we're doing in this class--is necessarily wide in scope. If I were exploring every angle of this, I might do more historical background, like a history of publishing from Gutenberg to the present day, and I would probably have a big section on history of copyright and intellectual property, but I have to limit my study somewhat. Also posted on Kairosnews.

Here I am, amazed to have made it through another day. Tomorrow--technically today--is going to be a bear. I have to do a presentation for my Technical Communication as Cultural Practice class. I have this grandiose idea in mind: I've never done a PowerPoint presentation, but I've created quite a few Web sites in my day. So I'm going to create a site that has parts of my paper in one-screen-at-a-time chunks. Then I'll have a link at the bottom of each screen with the word "Next" or something like that. The groovin' part of this idea is that I can have both internal and external links in the presentation--in other words, I can link to sites that I want people to see as part of my presentation, like PhDweblogs.net, Kairos, and Kairosnews. I will, of course, post a link to the presentation here as soon as I get finished with it so that you all can point at me and laugh hysterically. Oh, now I'm hearing Piper Laurie's voice in the movie Carrie: "They're all gonna laugh at you! They're all gonna laugh at you! They're all gonna laugh at you!" Okay, it must be time for bed if I'm hearing that kind of voice in my head.