Why We Blog (Revisited) & Our Holiday Hiatus

Our editorial team will be wrapping up our Fall issue next week, but for our bloggers the holiday break starts today. We’ll be back in early January. Before I retreat to the editor’s corner, though, I thought I’d wrap up our semester in a pretty little bow. I swear I didn’t plan this.

You’ll recall that we kicked off the semester with a four part series (1, 2, 3, 4) called "Why We Blog," in which we explored our personal, academic, and organizational reasons for contributing to the gnovis blog – and for blogging in academia in general. Well, completely unprompted, CCT student Mike Moore brought this topic back around with his self-described "low-budget powerpoint slideshow":

Why Do We Blog

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Not only did Mike’s slideshow wrap up this semester nicely, it also inadvertantly set us up for next semester by approaching the topic visually. Without revealing too much, the spring semester will see the unveiling of a new multimedia section on the gnovis site, featuring videos and other digital scholarship from CCT students.

Stay tuned for our Fall issue next week, and have a wonderful holiday break!

Brad Weikel

Brad Weikel received his MA in Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) from Georgetown University in 2009. His thesis, "From Coding to Community: Iteration, Abstraction, and Open Source Software Development" argued that programming practices, particularly iterative workflows and abstraction models, can help explain both the success and struggles of open source software. His work was a technocentric complement to prior explanations from economists, lawyers, and political and cultural theorists. While writing his thesis, Brad blogged about his topic at OpenCulture.cc, where he has since continued blogging, more broudly, about collaborative production and the commons at large. Brad was Managing Editor of gnovis during the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 school years, and Creative Director in 2006/2007. He is currently the Web & Communications Coordinator for EarthRights International.