[Air-L] snide, cute, ignorant, surprising
Paul Emerson Teusner
email at teusner.org
Sun Dec 16 18:43:29 PST 2007
Don't beat yourself up mate. So much of this was out of your control.
paul emerson teusner
From: danah boyd [mailto:aoir.z3z at danah.org]
Sent: Monday, 17 December 2007 13:26
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: Re: [Air-L] snide, cute, ignorant, surprising
::hands over face in horror::
I'm sooooo sorry for whatever role that I played in the creation of
the article. I have to admit that I spent the bulk of the day
wavering between being pissed off and being downright depressed. I'm
sure it won't surprise any of you that much of this was taken out of
context (and another chunk is outright wrong). I was particularly
horrified by how she framed my deceased advisor as a fool. But I'm
also sorry to everyone here who implicitly got framed poorly. Yuck
As for receiving threats, yes, I received multiple after my essay this
summer, although none from academics (that I know of). This (along
with the folks who photoshopped me as a cutter) was documented in my
response to my essay this summer:
I'm also annoyed with the implicit comment about my blog being my
scholarship. Just in case it wasn't clear, I don't by any means
consider my blog scholarship. At most, it's fieldnotes and musings.
After the mess this summer, I considered taking it down, but the fact
is that writing musings and getting feedback really helps me think
through things. I just never thought that they would ever be assumed
to be final publications, but conversation starters.
Also, as Nancy has said, I do *not* take credit for creating this
field (or internet anthropology or many other things that press folks
claim). The odd thing is that she tried to force me into claiming that
I invented this field and was the reason for the creation of social
computing at RIT and UMich and I was like oh god no. It seems as
though she put things in my mouth even when I explicitly rejected them.
There are so many other issues with that article... I'm not even sure
where to begin. But I'm super sorry and ashamed. I'm trying to do my
research and make it public because I think that's important (and it's
in my activist nature), not because I want to pick fights with fellow
academics or make anyone look bad. One of the reasons that I wanted to
put together that JCMC issue with Nicole was to highlight others' work
in a collected way, not to send negativity their way. (And,
incidentally, not all articles on SNSs cite my work.)
If there are indeed folks out there who feel "seething resentment,"
please let me know how I can help. Cuz omg is this not something that
I want to make people feel and I'm so sorry if I do. I feel terrible.
I'm so sorry.
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