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A semi-(in)formal salutation!

Greetings, new friends (and the various strangers who will stumble upon this via their Internet meanders)!

I'm Cate Blouke, a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin and an Assistant Director of the Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL), which is a division of the Department of Rhetoric and Writing... whew! That's a lot of formalities. I also review theater for the Austin American-Statesman, occasionally contribute to BagNews Notes, used to write for the DWRL's visual rhetoric blog viz., and am consequently tremendously google-able (though you won't find me on facebook). So I'll try to write some things here that aren't to be found elsewhere.

My dissertation is about comedy (humor and identity politics to be slightly more specific), so my writing tends to be rather playful and it may occassionally seem like I don't take much of anything very seriously. The other way of looking at it is that I take everything equally seriously, including my various interests in: teaching with technology, ethics and accessibility, visual rhetoric, pop culture, performance theory, performative rhetorics, animation, Twitter and live-tweeting, creative commons, privacy, and many other things that will likely emerge as we get to know each other better.

I find myself a bit contradictory when it comes to technology - as I tend to vascilate between luddite and utopian idealist depending on the topic of debate. I bemoan the rapidly dying art of letter-writing, but I recognize that technology is inexorable and would rather be a part of the conversation than on the fringes. So although I've only been an occasional HASTAC lurker since I started working in the DWRL four years ago, I'm very excited to dive into the deep end this year.


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