Another Year Older

I really can’t believe I’ve been in Manchester for less than 3 months! With so much happening in such a short space of time – including new intellectual challenges and what seems like hundreds of new faces – time seems to be moving in a very different way from usual. Actually, it feels like a whole new dimension: which is great for the dynamism, but sometimes it’s a bit of a whirlwind!

I could blog about my latest pub trips; Trauma’s November film screeningsan excellent gig at the Deaf Institute; or hearing some new pals DJ to an appreciative crowd at the Sandbar. I could even, I suppose, write something about how my research is progressing – but that can wait for next year, when I’m going to be starting some preliminary data gathering activities, putting together focus groups, and exploring the use of Semantic Differentials. That’s going to be really exciting as I will get to test the waters with my empirical work at the same time as talking to the wider community and continuing to read. I don’t want to give too much away at this stage but can tell you that my data gathering should involve 2 inter-connected strands:

  • A semi-structured focus group discussion with participants from 4 subject disciplines about their views on “Old Media” and “New Media”.
  • A task- and semantic-based exercise using concepts, objects, and adjective pairs derived from and illustrative of participatory theories in relation to media, academia, and communications technology.

Right now, I am reading the ultra-thought-provoking work of Lev Manovich. His beautifully written and meticulous technical/historical analysis of computational and cinematographic innovations since the 1830s suggests (among other things) that many characteristics of “New Media” are – at the very moment we claim them as “revolutionary” – either already existing or mythical. Many preconceptions are misguided and do not get to the heart of what New Media’s novelty and potential really are.

Spoiled today with cake and sweets!

But all of that seems like too much hard work since it’s my Birthday today. Right now I want to say thanks to all the friends and family who got me excellent presents and who sent me good luck wishes; including my lovely flatmates Laura and Quentin, who baked me a surprise cake! Yum. It’s pictured here alongside some sugary loose candy sent over from Sweden by my friend Emma. 🙂 Thank you everyone. And special birthday wishes to my twin sister, Jennifer. The trainers fit perfectly! I love them! Looking forward to seeing you soon!


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4 responses to “Another Year Older”

  1. Anne Littlewood says :

    Happy birthday!! I will buy you a belated birthday drink at the Sandbar in a couple of weeks 🙂

  2. Jemster says :

    Great! Now you can do all your running around more easily. Looking forward to seeing you too! xoxoxoxox

  3. Brenda Menzies says :

    Happy Birthday to my lovely girl! How kind of Laura and Quentin to bake for you xxx See you in a couple of weeks!

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