Tuesday, January 28, 2003

For your reading pleasure, heh, here's a copy of my brief bio for my Rhetoric, Intellectual Property, Piracy, and the Internet class.

I'm Clancy, a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota. I'm in the Rhetoric department, and my minor is Feminist Studies. When I was working on my M.A. at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I considered my area of interest to be academia's role in grassroots activism. I perceived a need for academia to become more involved in activism and social causes in general. Shortly after I came here to the University of Minnesota, I started becoming interested in Weblogs, which are personal diary-like Web sites whose authors are often in conversation with each other. At that point, I decided that one of my areas of concentration within Rhetoric would be Internet Studies, and that's why I'm taking this class: I would like to explore intellectual property with respect to blogging practices.

I first started learning about intellectual property by working as an Associate Editor for Kairosnews: A Weblog for Discussing Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. When I started there, several other people who post to Kairosnews were posting links to the latest news stories on intellectual property. At the time I thought IP was so dry and boring; I knew it was an important issue, but couldn't muster interest in it . . . until I read this speech by Andrea Lunsford in which she grounds IP issues in feminism. Now I'm very interested in IP, and I feel like I've come full circle. I recognize that the people who are facilitating and advocating for public resistance to corporate control of creativity and information are indeed doing activist work.