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Thoughts on a Theory: New Media and Representation

This post has two antecedents, one more ignoble than the other. On one side, I half-joked on Twitter that I make my friends listen to my half-formed theories on new/legacy/social … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

What Rhimes With Bad Cultural Analysis?

By now all of the smart people have written the smart takes on the New York Times’ television review crediting Shonda Rhimes’ with creatively manipulating the “angry black woman” stereotype. … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Debbie Downerism: John Oliver and For-Profit Colleges

One of the better things about social media is that if you manage to curate social feeds with just the right balance of entertaining spirits and brilliant intellects, it delivers … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Twitter Facts of Life

“You take the good/You take the bad/You take them both/And there you have/The Facts of Life”   Usual disclaimer: this may meander. I was born short and never really grew … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 14 Comments

Make it Plain: Research, Dissertations, and Blogging in Plain Talk

I have never viewed my public writing and engagement as a distraction from research. I have never even seen them as separate endeavors. Like my position on teaching as part … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Is Left to Say?

In his 1934 essay, “A Negro Nation Within a Nation”, WEB DuBois wrote: The colored people of America are coming to face the fact quite calmly that most white Americans … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · 40 Comments

Public Sociology at ASA14

Like a good sociologist, I joined my tribe in San Francisco this week for the annual American Sociological Association conference. In addition to my usual fare, I conducted a pair … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

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