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This post by Nielsen on where people were searching for Iran election coverage is rather interesting. Where they looked depended on what related term they used. The mix of sources continues to show priority of official sources but also reveals the importance of unofficial sources. Of course, as Stephen Colbert's brilliant segment on Jeff Goldblum reacting to news of his own demise points out, the gap between unofficial and official news is pretty tenuous these days.

This article which suggests Jeff Bezos is the Steve Jobs of the book world posed an interesting scenario.Read more... )

Speaking of publishers, this post about university presses and their differing nature from commercial presses had some interesting discussion:

"Moreover, university presses are in the unusual position that their authors and their readers are interchangeable and share a professional community, a community that has strong opinions about the print/digital transition, and, in the aggregate, exerts considerable influence on university policy. Though the press may have strong financial, logistical, and institutional incentives to go digital, if a significant segment of their academic authors/readers insist on printed books while shunning the digital product, the transition is bound to be troubled."
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A first post is always a little daunting, especially when the focus of a community is a bit amorphous. But I thought I'd start out by explaining why I formed it, and what I hope can happen with it.

I am on the final leg of my dissertation in Library and Information Science, hoping to deposit in October. I am also not planning at this time to pursue a tenure-track position, although I am hoping to teach again in the near future. And it occurred to me that there may be others out there like me, either in their final stages of education, or job hunting, or just independent scholars who are looking for some conversation and discussion of their areas of interest. And there are also likely people who are in none of those positions but simply find it interesting to read about or discuss topics in the overlapping areas of entertainment, fan studies, and technology because those issues are relevant to their life. My own work so far covers these three areas and intermixes a bit of literary history, social informatics and media studies -- so SIM studies.

I realize I may end up being the only person posting and talking here, but hopefully not!

I thought I'd kick things off with a recent interview on Henry Jenkins blog about transmedia entertainment. I realized in trying to figure out a tag for this post that I was trying to decide what interested me about the topic. Read more... )

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