Thursday’s the start of my last grad seminar, at least for the next few years. And it’s also the day word goes out that I’ve officially joined Microsoft Research New England (@MSNewEngland), in Cambridge, MA, as a Senior Researcher. Nancy Baym (@nancybaym) and Kate Crawford (@katecrawford) will be joining the team as well (!!!!!). And, of course, danah boyd (@zephoria) is already on the scene doing amazing work, building bridges between social media research done with a critical, qualitative twist and the phenomenal mathematics, physics, and computer science research that distinguishes MSR. danah boyd’s posted the details here.
And the grad seminar: I’ve got a batch of stellar young scholars here at Indiana University. Together, we’re tackling the thicket of ethnographic approaches to digital media studies to think through what makes ethnographic work different from other approaches to the everyday experiences of media that shape our worlds.
Pretty exciting day.