Greetings and salutations, HASTAC communities!
I'm thrilled to be participating as a scholar in HASTAC, and somewhat ambivalent (but also excited) to be blogging under my own name for the first time. I've been a blogger and active participant in specific online fan cultures for some years, but have carefully curated my online presence to exclude almost all of my IRL activities, a process which has been educational in its own right. Within the digital humanities, I am interested primarily in fandom studies, specifically through transnational fandoms, alternate authorship modes, difference and representation, and gift culture in the context of online cultural production and interaction.
But my interests, they shift, merge, return... Perhaps a list?
Things I've been pondering include:
Whitney Phillip's quite amazing Interview with a Real-Life Troll. I am really interested to see where she goes with it.
The ethics of studying online cultures: how do I rigorously analyze fan production and activity, while simultaneously recognizing the humanity and materiality of the fan hirself? Is aca-fandom as brilliantly participatory as fandom itself (Henry Jenkins), or does it come with a whole set of dichotomous considerations which want to pull it apart as a scholarly position (Matt Hills)?
Catherynne M. Valente's elegant myth-mashing in Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time. What kinds of origin stories do we now create for ourselves?
The Rhetoric of the Hyperlink, in which Venkat Rao talks about the hyperlink as internet vernacular. I am fascinated by this because I am fascinated by citational practices, especially in the context of online cultures of exchange.
Fansubbing, scanlation, and other forms of transnational piracy (so-called): Who gets to define the (ex)culpability of these meaning-producers and content-purveyors? What material conditions govern their proliferation and popularity? Are their actions international law violations, massive multilateral shifts in intellectual properties definitions, ultimate expressions of deep enthusiasm, a great font of leechers? Or are they all that and a box of ninjas?
The fact that I will see the Chaucer Blogger (Le Vostre GC himself!) IRL in October, but that my copy of his book won't arrive from the scrivener's in time to receive hys inscriptioun. Hélas!
It's good to know I'm in a community of scholars who might want to discuss these things with me, either separately or all at once. I hope to hear from you soon in the comments, either here or somewhere else!