Ashley recently posted about her self-publication of her thesis using Lulu’s print-on-demand service, and I wanted to follow up with my own thoughts on this process. While Ashley’s post emphasized the nostalgic and sentimental motives for self-publishing, I approached my own project from a much different perspectice: career development, personal branding and, of course, copyright.
Regular gnovis readers have no doubt noticed a dropoff in our blogging output over the last three weeks. This is becoming a bit of an annual summer tradition for us, as it certainly is for many other student-powered publications, but is accentuated this year by the graduation of five of our seven staff members, including all three members of our new media team.
I am growing increasingly addicted to the Photoshop Disasters blog, not because of its outrageous images, but because of the comments that follow every post. Often, the first few comments are by skeptics who either don’t see the disaster or who believe that, strange as it may seem, the disaster can be explained as a real-life phenomenon or a photography quirk, not a bad Photoshop job.
The end of the academic year is coming up fast, which means that, whether we’re graduating or not, we’re all wrapping up our courses and theses and thinking about whatever will come next. Outside of academia, change isn’t constrained by the class calendar, but things still seem particularly busy these days. Maybe it’s just spring.
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One of the unfortunate side effects of writing a thesis is that you essentially vanish from campus – your non-thesis-writing peers don’t see much of you. The result? A lot of valuable information about the thesis writing process, information that could be shared from one year to the next, just gets discarded at the start of the summer. The following Do’s and Don’ts are my modest attempt to get around this problem, by sharing some of the things I’ve learned along the way.
For the past six weeks, gnovis (and everybody else on the Interwebs) has been a bit preoccupied with the conflict between online media and print journalism – an understandable preoccupation, given the recent closing of the Rocky Mountain News and warning signs from other presses. (The latest buzz even says that San Francisco may soon be without a major newspaper altogether.)
In lieu of our usual comprehensive weekly wrapup, I’d like to use the first part of this post to call out some of the recent non-blog activity at gnovis, specifically the launch of our website’s new multimedia section, featuring some of CCTs explorations in non-traditional academic research. Currently, the section includes 10 projects, mostly “Digital Stories” produced for Dr Michael Coventry’s classes.
Back in 2007 I wrote a post called “Disclosure vs Consent: What Software Can Learn From Medicine,” in which I argued that software companies ought to include an informed consent process with their EULAs, in an attempt to make sure their users actually understand what they are agreeing to, instead of blindly checking the “I Agree” box without reading the document.
Thesis writing is hard on the brain.
I don’t know about other writiers, but once mental fatigue sets in, I tend to get confused by my own argument, feel apathetic about the tower of books in front of me, and am very easily distracted. We all know that filtering and avoiding distractions are among the keys to remaining productive in the information age, but I’ve discovered a counterintuitive concept that is equally key for intense, thesis-like research: productive distraction,
The highlight of this past week at gnovis was our first post from Jason Turcotte, calling out the significance of Obama’s Web 2.0 presidency: “From his presidency on, Americans will come to expect superior communication and a more inclusive approach to governance.”
Jason joins us from the Media, Culture & Communication program at NYU, and will be contributing biweekly posts. We’re very excited to have him on board!
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