Thursday, December 17, 2015

Publication and Sharing

Publication Opportunities:

Apollon eJournal - undergraduate humanities journal, published online. Specifically calls for work that was part of a class or other academic pursuit. They do want work that's original, so hopefully our chapters being published already on ePub won't be an issue. They also want Chicago-style citations and formatting, so I'd have to go through and re-do all my citations (erk). I submitted my Preppers essay here. They should respond in about a week, so we'll see what happens. 

AJUR, American Journal of Undergraduate Research - accepts submissions from anywhere, globally, and it's peer reviewed (so it has a little more ethos in the eyes of its readers, I guess?). Unfortunately, they specify that any submitted work should not be published anywhere else, so the eBook might be an issue. Maybe.

Anemoi, Undergraduate Journal of Pre-Modern Studies - they're looking for work specific to any time period that's the Renaissance or older, so our work might be of particular interest to them. Since we also focused on the modern, I think they'd either really like or not be interested in what we did.

Sharing the eBook:


I did a general share on Facebook. It's really the only social media site where I'm even the slightest bit active, so I figured that would be the best way to share it with as many friends as I know at once.

Troy and Gretchen Larsen - my parents, who are always interested in what I do (even when it's no good, haha). I think they would like seeing me published; and - let's be honest - proud parents are pretty big on sharing their kid's work with friends.

Enthusiasts / Other Interested Parties (who go beyond Homies):

Shelby Dean - she let me interview her for the preppers chapter, so I sent her a link to the finished product.

Jennifer Foede - she also let me use her story, this time from her experience with Facebook, so I sent her a link to it, too. Plus, she's really big on social issues, so I think she'd find the chapters interesting - and would probably spread the book around (with commentary).

Shara Jackson Harper - a lactation specialist, and another person involved in social movements. She helped me a lot with doing research for my bodies paper.

Daniel Farnsworth - probably one of the smartest - and most opinionated - people I know. He also helped with research, provided counter-arguments to my ideas, and likes this kind of stuff.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sharing and Publication Opportunities

Sharing Our Book


Julian- my good friend and boyfriend he has listened to me talk about this project for the past several months. He told me he would read it even if it hadn’t been my work as he finds all of our ideas very interesting.

Christell Xu- She was kind enough to let me use her photography when Humans of New York didn’t get back to me. She is also a fallow food and HONY enthusiast.

Phil Bowman- My dad and I had an extensive conversation I used in my food chapter on the growth of sustainable food interest and how marketing has played into it.


The Simmons family- Though they declined to be quoted within my chapter their insight into the experience of being interviewed by Brandon Stanton and inclusion in his blog was very helpful in the writing and researching process.

Julie Clifford- She is the owner of the local farm I wanted to interview. As her family was in the middle of leasing the farm she was unable to speak with me. I think she will still find the chapter interesting and when things calm down for her I can still do the interview and make my chapter more rounded out for potential publication.

Frank Christianson- In my class with Professor Christianson this semester we did a lot of research and writing on imagined communities. I think, in light of that research, he would find our topics interesting. I know my HONY chapter makes several connections to the classes subject matter.

Publication Opportunities

Apollon eJournal- This is an online journal for undergraduate research with an emphasis on the humanities. They have an interest in work that uses a variety of intellectual approaches and are open to innovation. It seems like this could be a good place for my Humans of New York piece as it is discusses the humanities and deconstructs a highly modern contribution to the humanities.

Consilience- This is an open-access interdisciplinary journal on sustainable development. It aims to promote dialogue and awareness. They are open to undergraduate work and opinion pieces. My chapter is all about sustainability and contributes, not just another perspective on sustainability, but a historical perspective. They put out a biannual issue and more frequently publish on their online “Briefings” column.

Imponderabilia- This is an international student anthropological journal. I know I’m not the only one of us that delved into modern anthropology in my chapter. This journal as open to all disciplines and is not partial to undergraduate or postgraduate research. The journal itself is quite invested in online interaction and forming a community and dialogue within itself. This makes it sounds like their interests align with ours quite a bit. My chapter on Humans of New York would be could contribute to the aims of this journal as it about anthropology with international implications.

Sharing Our Message & Publication and Presentation Opportunities

"Sharing Our Message"
List one:

  • Mom: told her about my chapters and what we did in the class.
  • Good friend, Sia: she's a pre-communications major who might be interested in my chapter about online relationships and a good friend to discuss topics about school. 
  • Good friend, Kei: she's a communications major and one of my best friends that I can just share school things with. 
List two:
  • Lorey Ishihara: my high school history teacher who will definitely be interested in our Renaissance take in our eBook.
  • Dr. Dannette Paul: she was my digital culture professor this semester and she would probably be interested in the digital parallels. 
  • Mary Chapman: the librarian for popular culture that helped me a lot in my research. I think she'll be interested in a lot of the contemporary topics of our ebook. She also said that she's appreciated that I've sent her the book because she loves seeing finished work of students she's helped.
"Publication and Presentation Opportunities"
  • ScholarsArchive through BYU seems like a good option to submit my essays. It is easy and free and I like that it includes work that has been peer-reviewed as well as work by undergraduates at BYU. 
  • Digital America is a new journal that I think would be very interested in our digital culture aspect of our ebook. My chapters especially deal with online relationships and selfies so I think this would also be a good place to submit my work later in the future. I submitted my chapter "Dehumanizing with the Swipe of a Finger" here. 
  • Digital Humanities Quarterly seems like the perfect place to submit my chapters since both of them incorporate humanity and the digital world.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sharing Our Message & Publication Opportunities

Sharing Our Message

The six people I shared our e-book with were:


Kade Nelson - My husband. He's spent countless hours listening to me bounce off ideas for papers and this is one of the first projects where he's actually been able to tangibly see what I've been working on for a semester.

Edith & Riguel - My parents. Of course they support anything I share with them, but because they've both been doing online education for the past year they were better able to appreciate the work that went into this project.

Brent Gordon - My boss. He often asks me for updates on projects I'm doing for school so I knew he'd be impressed by our final masterpiece.


Katie Garza, Ashley Mentzer, & Judith Harper - While we were making our book there were so many times I thought that having a book like this would have been so great to have in high school. I dreaded the Renaissance in high school because it was never taught in a relevant way, so I decided to reach out to teachers in my hometown. One of them was my own high school teacher, and the other two are classmates of mine who are now teaching high school English as well.

Publication Opportunities

  • Weber State's National Undergraduate Literature Conference: The submission deadline for this conference is coming up in January. They accept undergrad work in fiction as well as research. However if selected to present there is a $140 registration fee. I have not and probably won't be submitting a paper for this conference. 
  • Northwest Undergraduate Conference for Literature: Currently this conference is accepting submissions until the middle of January 2016. They also accept student work in all areas of writing, including research, poetry, and essayists. Furthermore, they also accept panel proposals, but they ask for a 3-4 papers that can can work with that panel. They require a faculty sponsor from their university, so I will not be submitting to this conference, although visiting Illinois would have been great. 
  • Digital America: This is an online journal that likes to "push the boundaries of online publishing." The journal is really catered to promote the millennial voice and it's submission process is completely digital which makes it easy for submission. I chose to submit both of my pieces separately because this felt like the most appropriate journal for my chapters. 

Publication and Presentation Opportunities.

Looking at the options, I've narrowed it down to three that I'm interested in.

1. Digital America, a new online journal.  About submissions, they state "We are soliciting critical essays, film, artwork, design, and process pieces that question, analyze, and/or hack the tools of digital culture."  Mine is basically an essay on the idea of the digital world and how that has evolved over time, so with some minor changes it would work great.  It seems pretty easy to submit to, not super academic, but big enough that people could see my name.  I haven't submitted here, but I might in the future.  

2. Student Pulse is more academic, might be less likely to accept a paper that is so much about virtual worlds, but then I could emphasize the Renaissance aspect of it more.  It accepts undergraduate work, so that's good, with "a particular focus on the social sciences, arts, and humanities."  It requires more than 1500 words, though, so perhaps this would be better for Ahna...I haven't submitted to this one.  

3. Re:Humanities is a symposium on digital media, so this seems like a good fit.  This year, the focus is bleeding edge and cutting edge, basically the risks of trying to stay relevant.  The idea of Second Life and the virtual world is all about this kind of risk and reward situation.  One of the ideas they want to talk about is "Identity as shaped by excessive information or data deprivation."  I've submitted to this symposium, we'll see how it goes.  

Sharing our Message

Well, for starters I've shared it on Facebook and told people to go read it.  So, hopefully some people will go do that.  I don't have a Twitter or any other social media outlet, so that's about it for that.

As for Homies...

1.  Rachael, my wonderful girlfriend, will surely read this ebook, or at least my chapters, if only because she loves me.  She is and English major, though, so I think that she'll find many of the ideas interesting.  She's been pretty busy with finals, but she has told me that she'll read it.  Eventually.

2.  Erik, my brother, is pretty into digital phenomenon and is generally educated, so I think that he'd like to read some of this, especially the stuff about coding.  He doesn't have any great vested interest, but he might do it because he's my brother, if he gets around to it.

3.  Thor, my father, is a professor of digital technology at UVU so I'm pretty sure he'll find it interesting.  Also, he's my dad, so he kind of has to read at least my chapters.  He's always been interested in the history of digital issues, though, so I think that he'll enjoy the perspective of a digital Renaissance.

The Experts:

1. Tom Timbrell, the artist blacksmith that I wrote about.  He pretty much deserves to read this book as much as anyone, and I think that it'll be in his best interest to widely disseminate it considering the chapter I wrote about blacksmithing.  Other than that, he's just a nice guy and he'll probably take a look at it, whether he likes all of it or not.

2. Mary Eyring, one of my favorite professors, has told me many times that she'd be happy to read my writing.  Since she is an English professor, I think that she'll enjoy the Renaissance ideas presented (even though her emphasis is in a different time).

3. Rick Duerden, a professor of Shakespeare and the Renaissance period here at BYU.  I took a Shakespeare class from him, thought he might like to read it.  He hasn't responded yet.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Publication and Presentation Opportunities


No Sweat Shakespeare ( - This site accepts guest posts that are "of a decent quality and relevant to Shakespeare." I submitted my "Free Code and Renaissance Plagiarism" chapter as a potential guest post, since it talks a lot about Shakespeare in terms of the "plagiarism question." I consider it to be of a decent quality, so we'll see if they like it.

Digital Humanities 2017 ( - This is an annual conference sponsored by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Their call for papers indicates that they accept proposals that sit at the intersection of the humanities (lit, art, etc.) and modern technology. The theme for 2017 is "Access." My chapter on "Free Code and Renaissance Plagiarism" is essentially about community access to individual work, so it seems like a good fit. Also, the conference is being held in Montreal, which is one of my favorite places. I haven't submitted a paper there (I'm not sure if going to Montreal in 2017 will be plausible for me or not).

New Directions in the Humanities 2016 ( - This conference is taking place in June of next year at the University of Illinois at Chicago. One of their concerns is the intersection of art and technology. They seem like a much more formal academic conference than perhaps my papers are fit for, but with some modification this might be an interesting venue to present at. I have not submitted a paper to this.

Sharing our ebook

I shared the ebook with the following six people:


Dylan Lyman - My wife. She's a high school teacher, so she's got an interest in my second chapter on coding literacy. It's the end of the semester, so we'll see if she has time to read it soon.

Kelsey J. - One of my best friends in high school. She just got a degree in English so I thought she might have an interest. Her comment was "So far Octocat is my favorite part," referring to the Octocat logo in my first chapter.

Josh J. - My high school Debate coach and one of the school's great English teachers. I haven't heard back from him yet.

[Facebook] - I posted a link and an explanation of what we did. Three of my friends have "liked" the link. That's pretty good, considering that I didn't expect anybody to really be interested in my homework.


Jeff Atwood - I quoted him in my second chapter, so I told him that I'd cited him and included a link to the ebook, "in case you prefer not to be spoken about behind your back." He replied, "Hey great! Thanks for letting me know. I'll take a look!"

Benjamin Stein - I quoted him in my second chapter too. I couldn't find his email address online so I tweeted him a link and a brief explanation that I had cited him.

Gustavo Muslera - I quoted him in my first chapter. I returned to our original discussion thread and added a comment letting him know that I'd quoted him and he's welcome to read the ebook if he'd like.

I'll update if I hear back from anyone else.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Social Sources


  • ·      Colette: We discuss highly problematic or controversial stuff going on in the world on a regular basis so she will be willing to listen and think about the subject.
  • ·      Lexi: She has strong opinions on the privatization of many things and she considers herself a libertarian so her view on how this works in conjunction with WikiLeaks and the government should be interesting.
  • ·      Kade: He is my husband and has to listen to me, BUT because he is unfamiliar with subject he is better suited to recognize things that need a better explanation.

  • ·      Tracy Allen: She took a Women's Studies Theories class with me a couple years ago and now works for LDS media outlets so she has the humanist background as well as the digital print background.
  • ·      Brent Gordon: He is my boss and an attorney so I am interested to hear his take on how the law influences his opinion on WikiLeaks.

  •       Lisa Johnson & Cheri Earl : They were the head editors/bosses during my time with Insight magazine and were in tune with traditional print mediums so they may have some strong insider opinions on how journalism/media may be affected by WikiLeaks.
  • ·      Brittany Hargrave: She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and interned with USA TODAY as well as for the Arizona Republic so I know she is an avid journalism enthusiast whose opinion will be influenced by her background.
  • ·      Jaime Winston: He was my editor during my internship with Salt Lake Magazine and has probably been influenced by a social circle of journalists in his opinion of the WikiLeaks phenomena.

  • ·      Jay Rosen - Dr. Burton recommended looking into him and it looks like he may have a couple pieces as well as a video on citizen journalism.
  • ·      Ted Talk by Ted Jaspan: His TED talk is titled "A New Way to do Journalism" and it opens with him saying "Hello my name is Andrew and I am a recovering journalist," which tells me there is an interesting message there to dissect.

Social Media (many of my homies, peers, and enthusiasts above, would intersect here as well) 

·      My brother - As an internet savvy almost 16 year old, my brother has often filled me in on the latest social media trends so he would have a good handle on what your social media platform of choice means in the teen world.
·      Cailley - She's my LA living broadcast journalism friend who does a lot of work for radio stations and brand promotion, plus she loves social media so she will definitely have lots to say.
·      Brent Gordon - My boss' daughter is an up and coming young athlete known for being a girl who plays football with the boys. Brent has been really involved in running her social media campaigns so he might have some insight on social media tropes.

·      Basam Salem: he gave a TED talk in SLC about how social media facilitates people's propensity to stereotype and I'm interested to see if there's any insight I can apply to my chapter.

annotated phone list - Responsible Wanderlust

1. Homies

Shannon Smith has travelled to over 49 different countries and done a lot of social work everytime she's visited. She also regularly updates a blog dedicated to travel.

Grace Ashton: Has travelled frequently outside the US and can compare going on vacation to travelling with digital assistance.

Lauren Barlow travelled with her husband all over the world for a year. We met while on a guided tour of Peru, and they had a lot of interesting insights about the difference between paying for tours and what happens when you travel on your own just using the web. Travel is very important to Lauren and her husband Chris.

2. Peers

Mary Cook is part of the anthropology department and a research assistant for Professor Jacob Hickman. She's travelled across Asia extensively, with and without the help of Dr. Hickman, and has experienced "authentic travel" and "vacationing" and the impact the tourism industry has on local populations

Richard Gettys is a translator for Dr. Hickman in the anthropology department and has also travelled all over Asia with him. Ricky has some pretty insane stories, I once watched him take off with a perfect stranger in a market in Chiang Mai just because he spoke Hmong and Ricky needed a place to stay that night. Ricky uses digital media to keep in contact with friends and pays as little as he can for travel. It's a point of pride for him, which is an aspect that I want to capture in my chapter.

Seth Meyers also works as a translator and research assistant for Dr. Hickman and has travelled all over Asia. Seth is similar to Ricky in that he's comfortable wherever he travels because he knows how to get in contact with people and establish his bearings pretty quickly.

3. Enthusiasts

Nathaniel Gardner began as an impromptu traveler around Africa and later started a program that mediates between medical students looking for travelling experience and villages in Kenya and Tanzania that could use the help. He's currently a student at BYU.

Jacob Hickman is a professor of Anthropology at BYU and has seen first hand how the tourist industry, and especially young travelers can damage and support communities in pursuit of authentic experience

4. Experts

T. Van Nuenen is a Ph.D. student at Tilburg university and her article "Here I Am: Authenticity and Self-Branding on Travel Blogs" is exactly what I want to address in my chapter. As soon as I clarify my argument, I'm going to email her.

I'm also checking out the Thorntree forum at LonelyPlanet's website: ( to get in contact with experienced, communicative travelers who are also my age.

WYSE is an Amsterdam-based travel website that tries to help millenials navigate digital travel and have the most authentic experience.

Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown is also an interesting look at how mainstream media has changed from people wanting to see luxurious or beautiful vacation destinations and instead focuses on the dirty authenticity

Departures is another good millenial-travel oriented show that focuses on opting for cheaper options and more authentic experiences

Living on a Dollar a Day is a film that follows four college students who end up staying for a while ina  village in south America. Captures the new reverence associated with travel, that these kind of life changing experiences are actually accessible.

Annotated Contact List

Humans of New York

Where I am at: I am working on gathering and integrating social sources. I am also rounding out my renaissance connections with a some more research in secondary sources.


-My father is one of the biggest HONY fans I know. He is also an expert in the marketing community and as such consumes everything with the eyes of a marketer. I am interested in his perspective on the sights mass appeal.

-My brother and sister live in NYC and I want to ask them about how they see HONY's representation of their city. How does it effect their view of the city?

-The rest of my family will listen to me because they like me and they like Humans of New York.


-I have a friend interested in photography and for a period of time she produced used her instagram to create 'humans of provo'. I want to talk to her about what inspired her to do a spin off? What was her goal? What was the experience like?

-A friend of brothers has been featured on HONY 4 times and we have been emailing about his experience. Once learning that this would be published in some capacity he expressed a disinterest in being directly quoted. I will use his perspective to give scope to my own. Once the project is close to completion I will re-approach him about using his quotes anonymously.


- I'm not sure if this belongs in this category but I would like to reach out to a few people who have shared their life story on HONY and ask about their experience. Example.


-I read a scholarly article about the media's power to manipulate our perception of foreign nations. There were three authors of the article and they stated in their thesis that positive coverage of a foreign nation effects our perception of that nation so little that is is easily drowned out by negative coverage. If I could get one of them to respond I would want to hear their perspective in the Humans of New York project and it's recent coverage of Pakistan, Iran, and the refugees in Greece.

Food Revolution

Where I am at: I am having to refocus my research and writing as I refine my argument. Social sources are proving to be very helpful in this chapter! A completed draft of this chapter is not in this build, but it will be available in the next few days.


-My sister-in-law is a passionate Vegan and we have had several excellent conversations about food culture. I also know she has strong feelings (some positive some negative) about Dan Barber's ideas. I also want to ask her about the process into becoming a food enthusiast. How did the internet play a role?

-My fiend is very conscious about his groceries. I want to talk to him about why he shops the way he does. What informs his choices?

-My mother has recently become enthusiastic about health and how types of foods effect your body etc (we have discussed it in length already). I'd like to see her perspective, as a mother and as someone who grew up when the industrial agricultural movement was in full swing. How has public perception of food changed?


-Nakkita has so kindly offered a connection to a friend who worked with Dan Barber and is a strong advocate of the sustainable farming and farm-to-table movement. I am currently attempting contact with him to learn about his experience at Blue Hill Farms, how he sees the future of the movement, how he initially became interested and how he sees the internet's role in accomplishing the movement's goals.

-My friends father owns several restaurants in SLC. I am acquainted with his father and hopefully I can hold an interview asking him about his experience with sourcing his restaurants. I know he has a sushi restaurant that is very conscious about how they source their fish.


-Professor Bennion taught a class I took called wilderness writing. In the class we read a book about ethical agricultural and I want to ask him about why he chose to add this to our curriculum and how he views the current state of food culture.

-I have connections with the owner of several restaurants in Provo (one of which Communal). Each restaurant has a transparent approach to their food sourcing, with an emphasis on local produce. I want to ask him about how he feels he can influence the current state of agriculture and food culture.


-The owner of Clifford Farms (a small Provo chicken farm) sources or sourced several restaurants emphasizing local produce. I want to ask why she farms the way she does and what challenged she sees in the sustainable farming movement?

Connections List Annotated

Where I'm at:

The topics of my research include how virtual worlds have become a form of masquerade entertainment and how they are changing today, as well as how material creation arts are coming back as people seek out a solid connection through the immaterial medium of the Internet. The first subject is more developed and researched than the second.


Thor: My Dad, he is a professor of digital media technology at UVU.  I will ask him about the idea of virtual worlds and how he feels about the idea of it being a masquerade, also whether it is a viable kind of society or whether it will fall apart eventually.  

Dr. Duerden: A professor of Shakespeare here at BYU, I know how passionate he is about the plays.  I will ask him about the use of masques in the plays of Shakespeare, especially with The Tempest, and how that kind of idea could be tied into modern masquerades on the internet.  

Edward Castronova:  He is an expert in the field of virtual worlds, especially having to do with economies. I will ask him about whether he thinks that there will be a revival of virtual worlds like Second Life through the new technologies such as Oculus Rift or whether history is doomed to repeat itself in a short, expensive burst of misplaced energy.  

Tom Timbrell:  Blacksmith at Mary Arden’s Farm and working individually.  I will ask him why he decided to become a blacksmith and whether influences of learning about it through the internet had anything to do with it.  I will ask about how he connects with other blacksmiths and enthusiasts through digital means.  


Robert Means: Subject Librarian for English, so he should be able to orient me.  I will ask him about different authors who write about the masques or masquerades of the Renaissance and their influence on society.  

Anthony:  Animation professor at UVU, friend of my father.  I will ask him if he has ever played a virtual world like game and how he felt about it as a gamer and as a professional.  If he hasn’t played, what does he think of the genre; is it a fun and harmless masque or a chaotic carnival?


Adrian:  He’s smart, he’s savvy, and he’s rich.  He’s also played every game there is to play.  I will ask if he has ever played a virtual world like game and whether he likes it or not, what he thinks about the concept.  

Josh:  A friend of my older brother, he and his family have all played WoW together since it first came out.  How have virtual worlds affected him and his family?  What about them is alluring and what is distasteful?  Has he continued playing them?  Will he play them in the future?  


Eric:  My nerdy friend who is waaaay in to Live Action Role Play, fighting reenactments.  I will ask him if doing LARP has made him want to create his own weapons and armor, whether he has, and how that has been for him.  

Rachael:  My lovely girlfriend, she once mentioned that she played WoW as a youth. I want to know how she felt about it and why she stopped.  I know that she’s not that into video game, but she is fairly social.  

Ben and Mandy:  A good friend from high school and his new wife.  How did they meet?  How long did they know each other virtually before knowing each other physically?  Do they think that the virtual interaction was necessary instead of real life interaction?  

Phonebook Notes - Fanfiction

Fan Fiction

  1. Homies
    1. Kevin Adams - Reader   
    2. Grace Ashton - Reader
    3. McKenna Murray - reader of fanfiction
  2. Peers
    1. Mackenzie Brown - local writer and editor
    2. Lacey Waldorf - local writer and editor
    3. Engl 318 Class - local writers
  3. Experts
    1. Lance Larson - creative writing professor
    2. Neal Kramer - professor of shakespeare
    3. Maria Leavenworth does a lot of research regarding fan fiction and its effect as a literary style on the population. Her perspectives are good works of contemporary scholarship and of course I will be asking her.
  4. Enthusiasts
    1. Zoni is a well-known writer of fanfiction on DeviantArt and, the two biggest hubs for posting and sharing fan fiction and fan art. In addition to doing her own writing, Zoni has published books off of these websites. She also posts “How-to” articles - widely read - on ways to write fan fiction while handling the original material. As a published writer and a fan fiction distributer, Zoni has a very clear opinion on the benefits and limitations of the creative commons.
    2. maliciouspixie5 frequently posts her own work to that involves common techniques used by a lot of fan fiction writers, namely “genderbending” and “shipping.” maliciouspixie5 is familiar with the fan fiction community and has strong opinions on the freedom to reimagine popular stories and distribute creative work without infringement.
In addition to the people listed above, I also found some interesting feedback on a forum where fanfiction readers and writers talked about fanfiction as an art 

Annotated Contacts

Preppers - Online Communities alter, create and propagate specific world views and possibly affect core values / principles - is the Internet a third parent?

Where I'm at: My topic is how online communities play a significant part in encouraging, propagating and enforcing social values / culture / worldview. I need to find more research (primary and secondary) on the Reformation and the printing press, to show how a similar thing happened then. But I have a good foundation for the contemporary stuff, so really at this point I need to start looking at the Renaissance.

Homies / Peers:

Alyce - online communities; communication disorders (maybe knows something about how communication works) - in person

Lauren - communication disorders (see above) - email or phone; need to get her number from Ashley

Brittany - online communities (sells her own stuff online -> experience in trying to build a community or following); fellow English major (might be interested in what we do) - in person

Shelby Dean - prepper parents - already contacted by phone

Katie - Online communities and worldview/culture - phone


Gretchen Larsen - child psychology and education (what are the forces that affect core values within a person?) - phone

G’ma, G’pa Harrison - Family History (has studying their own families in depth affected their world views, built a sort of personal community, and how and why) - email, because they talk a long time.


The Print Museum Guy - printing (how did the press create/foster new communities and communication?) - email?

BYU Psychology Department - find social psychologists and child psychologists (how are communities formed, how do they affect the varying levels of personality, behavior and beliefs?) - email <>

(A lot of these people overlap. A lot of my homies/peers are also enthusiasts or experts, for instance, so these categories are fairly loose.)

Body Ownership - the body, and the image thereof, is paradoxically owned by both the public and the individual.

Where I'm at: I'm trying to focus on the prepper chapter right now, to get that one down pat and then return to do the body ownership one. That being said, I really want to tie censorship (in the media, in particular, if I can find some good sources) into body/private ownership versus public. I may or may not add a social psychology angle (it would have to be really short, because the chapter is already fairly long as is). I have some Renaissance sources I can go through and work in for those sections, so I think what I really need right now is to get a good grip on the contemporary - find some examples, interview some people, explore concurrent censorship, etc. I'll probably make breastfeeding be a small example of the larger phenomenon, and try to find other (more digital) instances of body censorship.


Evan - personal interview/opinion on breastfeeding in public - already done; text and in person


Vicki - modeling (maybe connect me to modeling professionals; how does taking care of your body come into play; how public was your body, and how much control over it did she have/feel) - email or phone or Facebook

Alyce - acting club/school/classes (maybe connect me to her teachers or other professionals; again, the body and public image and what the actors do with it when they’re not working; at what point are they ever not taking care of it or thinking of it as a public, viewable image?) - in person

Danny - modesty opinion (he’s really great at thinking things through; would be a good person to bounce ideas and drafts off of, if his homework hasn’t killed him yet) - phone or in person

Beth - self expression, public image and fashion enthusiast (how does her public image intersect with her personal identity?) - phone


Sis. Harper - breastfeeding/motherhood enthusiast (would know about what’s going on in the discussion better than I do; person to bounce ideas off of; may have or know people with personal experiences) - Facebook or email or phone


Can't think of any yet. Alyce or Vicki could probably get me connected to some, though.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Social Contact List

Topics: Open-source programming / Coding as essential literacy

Status: Just about ready to call 'em done and throw in the towel. Minor touch-ups and revisions to be done.

  • My wife is a high school teacher. I'll ask her what she thinks about coding in schools and whether "computational thinking" would help her students perform better. She's also using a more or less community-driven curriculum in her Geology class (since she doesn't have Geology training herself) so I'll see how she feels about open-source curriculum.

  • A couple of guys I work with, Brian and Deven, are coders with many years of industry experience. I can talk to them about whether they think coding should be part of their kids' curriculum. Another guy I work with, Nate, teaches his kid to code. I'll have to see what that experience has brought out.

  • Monty is a guy I've volunteered with several times. He's in charge of the local Google Developers Group, which runs the annual Hour of Code, and works for a company in the private education sector. I can ask him about the coding-as-literacy movement and see how he feels about it.

  • My cousin James and brother Anders are both coders, and Anders's wife is a former middle school teacher. It's very probably that they have opinions on coding in education, and the first two probably have feelings on open-source code as well. I see them frequently, so I can bring up both topics and see what they think.

An Annotated Contact List for Social Discovery

As part of teaching my students to integrate a social component into their research, I've asked them to brainstorm four kinds of people to contact (see "Socializing Preliminary Literary Research" and its links). As part of this, I have suggested creating an annotated contact list.


At the top of your annotated contact list, briefly state the topic and status of your research project. If you have arrived at a claim, state what that is. If you have some lingering questions or issues related to your topic, briefly mention these. (See the example below)

Create a list divided into the four categories of people described in the blog posts linked above (homies, peers, enthusiasts, and experts).

Include a few people under each category. (These are loose and overlapping categories, so don't worry too much about which category they belong in. The idea is to go from more personal and informal social sources [homies, peers] to less personal and more formal social sources [enthusiasts, experts]).

With each person listed, say something about who they are and why they would be a relevant person with which to discuss the topic at hand. If possible and appropriate, link to that person's online profile or relevant website.

Click through to see an example annotated contact list