Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pew Internet Research Releases Network Worker Report

A new national survey shows that 62% of adults who are currently employed use the internet or email at work and they have mixed views about the impact of technology on their work lives.

On the one hand, they cite the benefits of increased connectivity and flexibility that the internet and all of their various gadgets afford them at work. On the other hand, many workers say these tools have added stress and new demands to their lives.

This survey also finds that 96% of those who work use the internet, email or have a cell phone for some purpose in their lives, even if those things are not specifically tied to work. We call this larger group "Wired and Ready Workers." When they are asked about the impact of these technologies on their work lives:

* 80% say these technologies have improved their ability to do their job.

* 73% say these technologies have improved their ability to share ideas with co-workers.

* 58% say these tools have allowed them more flexibility in the hours they work.

For the full report please visit:

About the Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Pew Internet Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. Support for the project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project's Web site:

Call for Nominations for 2008 AIIP Technology Award

The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP - is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for our ninth annual AIIP Technology Award.

Members and non-members alike are welcome to nominate any company or individual that produces information products (databases, web organizers, Internet sites) as an entry in the competition via a short and simple nominations form found online.

There will be two categories; one for web based services and another for desktop software. Successful entries in each category will be new or revamped products or technologies that help information professionals with their day-to-day operations in locating, analyzing and organizing information. The product must be related to the information field; AIIP does not consider accounting, word-processing, database or spreadsheet, or other programs not directly related to locating, analyzing, or organizing data appropriate for this award.

The deadline for nominations is October 10, 2008.

You will find more information about the AIIP Tech Award and access to the simple nomination form at:

Please consider nominating your favorite information products. You can send the completed nomination forms or your questions to: Ed Vawter, AIIP Technology Awards Committee Co-Chair, E-mail: &/or Mark Goldstein, Co-Chair, E-mail: Electronic submittal of the entry form via e-mail is preferred.

Previous winners of the AIIP Technology Award include:

2007: XLineSoft ASPRunner Professional, with honorable mention for IBM Visual Communication Lab's Many Eyes

2005: Copernic Desktop with honorable mention for Devon Technologies DEVONagent and Wolff Worldwide

2004: Net Snippets Professional Edition, with honorable mentions for Dialog Corporation's DialogLink 4.0 and Microsoft Office OneNote 2003

2003: Google Toolbar

2002: askSam 5

2001: eGems Collector Pro

2000: IPO Express

1999: Webforia Organizer

The AIIP Technology Award will be presented to the winners at Internet Librarian Conference ( on Monday, October 20, 2008 in Monterey CA. Thanks to our friends at Information Today for their continued support of AIIP and its initiatives. Please consider what information products are most useful to you in your endeavors and help them and us as we select the best of breed for our annual AIIP Technology Award.

Higher Education in Second Life - call for papers


(Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, North Carolina)
Editors, Charles Wankel, St. John's University, New
York; and Jan Kingsley, Kingsley International,

Final date for initial submissions: November 1, 2008
Date of publication: September 2009

There are many virtual worlds currently available or under development, but Second Life (SL) is the one that is best known and most widely used by the educational and academic community. Many educators have adopted SL as the platform of choice for developing educational activities in many disciplines. The concept of the book is be create a forum for sharing by administrators and educators of experiences and assessments of current and projected uses of the platform. Chapter proposals are solicited on that.

Topics might include the implications of VWs for the education industry in general, and the adult education industry in particular? How do companies, universities and colleges use VWs? What are the specific advantages of SL for higher education over other VWs? What are the challenges facing educators in the use of SL? What resources are required to ensure effective use of the platform? What legal issues exist and how should organizations deal with these? What are the ethical guidelines required for educators and their students? How does the use of VWs influence relationships within an educational setting? How can students best be engaged? How will VW technology develop, and what are the implications for educators?

Your chapter proposal ideally should be at approximately 600 words. Additionally, you should include a brief bio for each of the coauthors of your chapter, with an emphasis on related publications and/or presentations.

Please email all submissions to both Charles Wankel and Jan Kingsley

Charles Wankel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
St. John's University, New York


Jan Kingsley, MA MBA
Kingsley International

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Android: Google enters the cellphone business

The first cell phone running Google's mobile software looks something like Apple's iPhone and has a large touch screen, but it also packs a trackball, a slide-out keyboard.

Watch this Associated Press news video for more information on Google's Android phone:

Here's 2 BBC News videos with an in-depth look at the Google phone and the mobile market:

[these videos may not work on feed readers, visit the site in order to watch them]

And here is what Google says on their Official Blog:

Software developers are key to driving innovation on the web, and also for mobile. That's why, over the past year, we've released several early versions of the Software Developer Kit (SDK) and worked with developers from around the world to make it better and more complete. This has culminated in today's release of the Android 1.0 SDK R1. Through the SDK, developers have unprecedented access to the hardware and software capabilities of the device, enabling them to innovate freely. More than 1,700 applications were developed as part of the Android Developer Challenge. Google engineers have also been busy developing Android applications. Many of our products (Search, Gmail, and Maps, among others) are available on a wide range of phones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile devices, and many more. Today, they're also available on Android, and you can check out the Google Mobile blog for more details.

But there's more to the Android story. Not only does it allow all applications open access to the phone's functionality; the platform itself will also be open. The Open Handset Alliance has announced its intention to open source the entire Android platform by the end of the year. Along with the other members of the Alliance, we hope that Android can provide a meaningful contribution to all players in the mobile ecosystem: the developers, the wireless carriers, the handset manufacturers, etc. Everyone will be free to adopt and adapt the technology as they see fit. By doing so, we hope that users will get better, more capable phones with powerful web browsers and access to a rich catalogue of innovative mobile applications.

Developers will soon be able to distribute their applications to real handsets through the beta version of Android Market. Handset manufacturers and wireless carriers will be able to incorporate Android innovations into their own new handsets and service offerings. And users will get better handsets and more choice. We think it's another step towards realizing the full potential of the mobile phone.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Good, the Bad and the Challenging - The user and the future of information and communication technologies

"The Good, the Bad and the Challenging. The user and the future of information and communication technologies"

Last Call for Papers for the Conference in Copenhagen, May 13th through 15th, 2009

organised by the COST Action 298 "Participation in the Broadband Society" is still open! Contributions on a broad variety of social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are welcome. Abstracts may be submitted until 15 October 2008, and should be posted via the conference website, where you will also find more informations on the the programme, the different strands and other details of the conference:

The important dates for contributors are, at a glance:

- Deadline for abstract submission: 15th October 2008

- Notification of the acceptance of abstracts: 1st December 2008

- Deadline for authors´ delivery of paper in order to be included in the printed programme and the proceedings: 1st February 2009

- Conference: 13th-15th May 2009

The abstracts can cover a range of contributions such as empirical studies, literature reviews, theoretical discussions, etc. But in all cases authors should provide background information relating to the topic, the actual question being addressed, methodology if appropriate and indicate main findings, arguments or conclusions. All abstracts should be prepared in electronic form. Abstracts must be written in English and typed with single line spacing. No formulas, symbols, mathematical notation or sub/superscripts are allowed. Abstracts should be 300-600 words. No abstract fee is required. Authors are required indicate in which strand the paper would most appropriately fit and make use of the template for the abstract that will be available online.

Both academics and practitioners are invited to submit presentations. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, abstracts will be reviewed by a combination of members of the Steering Committee, the International Programme Committee and others with relevant expertise. Notification of acceptance will be given by 1st December 2009. All withdrawals should be sent to the Conference Chair.

About COST 298:
COST 298 is an Action in the domain `Information and Communication Technologies´ of COST, an intergovernmental framework for European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research. In COST 298 European scientists from telecommunication research departments, universities and operators together with independent consultants collaborate in cross-disciplinary groups to analyse the social dimensions of people´s relationships to information and communication technologies. The Actions have produced a range of articles reports such as Communications on the Move: The Experience of mobile Telephony in the 1990s (1997) and the books Everyday Innovators, Researching the Role of Users in Shaping ICTs
(2005) and The Social Dynamics of Information and Communication Technology (2008) based on previous conferences. More information is available on our website at

Affective Audiences - Analysing Media Users, Consumers, and Fans

Affective Audiences: Analysing Media Users, Consumers and Fans
Call for Papers

Preconference sponsored by the Popular Communication Division of the International Communication Association

Date: 20th – 21st May 2009
Venue: Marriott Downtown Chicago, Magnificent Mile Hotel

The study of audiences constitutes a central concern of contemporary (popular) communication research. As Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama fills football stadia addressing enthusiastic supporters and political commentators frequently refer to “Obama fans” and “Palin fans”, evidence of the centrality of notions of affect and participation in contemporary mediated communication within and beyond the realm of traditional popular culture is abundant. This preconference aims to explore the social, cultural, textual and psychological conditions through which readers engage with, and attach meaning and emotional significance to the texts they privilege in their everyday life media consumption.

Corresponding with the theme of the 58th International Communication Association’s conference Keywords in Communication (21st-25th May 2009 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) the field of audience studies constitutes a key conceptual battleground that has witnessed a number of paradigm changes over the past half century which have both reflected and contributed to the wider discourses of Social and Cultural Theory.

“Affective Audiences” explores these recent paradigm changes by offering a dedicated space within the ICA conference programme that combines empirical audience research with a thorough examination of the field’s canon and a discussion of its conceptual challenges vis-à-vis convergence and globalization. The preconference will therefore include, but not be limited to, the following themes at the heart of contemporary audience studies:

• The impact of cultural globalization and the formation of transnational audiences on (fan) communities

• Affective media consumption and identity (including race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality)

• Affective engagements of readers beyond the realm of popular culture

• Convergence and audience participation

• Fan Democracy and the role of affective media consumption in the public sphere

• Aesthetics and politics of transformative audience responses

• Teen and childhood media consumption

We would like to invite contributions in form of 10-15 minute paper presentations and discussion papers. The organisers in particular encourage submissions focusing on new empirical fields of audience studies as well as those that critically examine its conceptual and methodological canon.

The following submission formats are permissible: full papers and extended abstracts (approx. 1000 words).

Please send papers or paper proposals to Cornel Sandvoss, ( by 20th October 2008 including the following information:
1. Title
2. If submitting a full paper, a 200-word abstract
3. Author(s)’ name and contact information

For full details of the 2009 ICA conference please visit

Monday, September 22, 2008

Call for Presentations: Transgressive Cinema Panel

Call for Presentations: Transgressive Cinema Panel

Deadline for submission: November 15, 2008

The 30th Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associations
February 24–28, 2009
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The area chairs are seeking submissions for presentations on any aspect of Exploitation/ Horror/ Experimental film, although papers that explicitly engage with the concept of "transgression" are strongly encouraged. This is the third year for this area, and we are hoping to expand on the success of the previous two years in order to make SW/TX PCA/ACA an
important forum for scholarly discussion of these kinds of films.

This year, we will also be continuing our well-received film screening/discussion panel series. Last year, our focus was on James Landis' 1963 film, The Sadist, starring Arch Hall, Jr. This year, we will be screening Ruggero Deodato's notorious 1980 film, Cannibal Holocaust.
If you are interested in participating in this roundtable discussion, please contact the area co-chairs.

If societies are defined by the limits they place on personal behavior, then acts of transgression are necessary to identify just where those limits lie. Significantly, films that exist outside of the multiplex mainstream often traffic in representations of such taboo breaking. In other words, this panel is seeking presentations that look at films that "push the envelope to the point of tearing it."

The types of films and filmmaking that we are looking for are not limited to traditional horror films, or even the many subgenres that can be described as "exploitation." Transgressive themes are frequently explored in experimental and arthouse cinema as well. Nevertheless, as a general rule these films all share a penchant for content that disturbs more than it placates. We encourage submissions to utilize a wide variety of methodological approaches, from psychoanalysis to reception studies.

Some filmmakers to consider:

Nick Zedd/Richard Kern/Genesis P. O and Psychic TV/Matthew Barney/Herman Nitsch/ Dwain Esper/H.G. Lewis/ Ruggero Deodato/Lucio Fulci/Dario Argento/Andy Milligan/Kenneth Anger/George Kuchar/Curt McDowell/ Ken Jacobs/Craig Baldwin/Georges Franju/ Bunuel/ Fellini/ Jörg Buttgereit/ Jan Svankmajer/Takashi Miike/ Abel Ferrara/ Tony Tenser/Pete Walker/ Monika Treut/Jane Campion/Alfred Hitchcock/David Cronenberg/Rob Zombie/Peter Greenaway

These are only a FEW of the filmmakers one could look at; we strongly encourage papers that examine others as well.


Rob Weiner
Box 53841
Lubbock, TX 79453

John Cline
2200 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Apt 808
Austin, TX 78741

Conference Rates: Professionals, $140; Graduate students $120; Spouse, partner $50

Information about our areas of study, conference travel, lodging, and the organization can be found on our regularly updated website:

We look forward to seeing you this winter in sunny Albuquerque where we invite you to explore Route 66, local pueblos, hiking trails, museums, the Sandia and Isleta casinos, area ski resorts, and nearby Santa Fe.

SW/TX PCA/ACA 2009 Conference
February 24-28, 2009
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Albuquerque, NM 87102

Films, Farms, Factories: Landscaping an Empire

Call for Papers
Films, Farms, Factories: Landscaping an Empire

The Green Nineteenth Century
30th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 26-28, 2009
Deadline: November 30, 2008

During the nineteenth century, America was launching its empire just as the British empire had reached its pinnacle. The transition British to American hegemony is often located, reductively, in the years following World War I, when world economies, along with artistic and literary cultures, tilted massively westward. But, even if such is the case, the nineteenth century is the fulcrum, when basic definitions of artistic, economic, domestic, and political success were supplanted by new responses to monumental feats of civil and industrial engineering, to
astounding technological revolutions, to the march of empiricism, to the rise of new literary and artistic forms, and, most of all, to the acquisition, distribution, and management—especially in America—of land.

"Success" has meant different things in different civilizations. Asia and Africa, for example, have not shared Western notions of success because, historically, their societies have had radically different epistemic and moral structures. In Europe and America, however, success is most often measured by the territory a person or a corporation or a government controls. It is a notion that seems to spring naturally from our contact with virgin soil. As soon as James Fennimore Cooper charted the literary landscape of the frontier, America understood, narratively, the terms of
its success. Cooper's novels, despite their artistic inferiority, initiated central questions about what western civilization really was, what it looked like in transition, at its leading edge, when it shaped and controlled land: physically, industrially, ecologically, economically, racially, artistically. Who belongs where, who goes where, who consumes or relinquishes which resources, what geographical features qualify as artistic, when and how do economies emerge or wither from the politics of land management—these are the concerns of nineteenth-century America at the frontier of its civilization.

This area of panels invites papers that examine how film has used depictions or narratives of land management to define nineteenth-century civilization, to examine the identity of a nation, or to describe its evolution from decisive events in the nineteenth century.

Send your proposal, approximately 200 words, to the session chair by postal or electronic mail:

Dr. Loren PQ Baybrook
Editor, Film & History
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

This area of multiple panels is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Film and History.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Literature, Art and Culture in an Age of Global Risk

CALL FOR PAPERS: Literature, Art and Culture in an Age of Global Risk
An International, Interdisciplinary Conference

Cardiff University, UK
Thursday 2–Friday 3 July 2009

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Imre Szemán (McMaster University, Canada)
Dr Charlie Gere (Lancaster University, UK)

What are the cultural implications of living under conditions of global, manufactured risk?

In the twentieth century, the possibility arose for the first time that a crisis of planetary proportions might result from human activities. By the early decades of the century, global economic and financial interdependence was such that a crisis unfolding in one location could radiate outwards to destabilize the entire socio-economic world-system. Through the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, the risk of pandemic upheaval has been heightened by an array of phenomena: the expansion and acceleration of media and telecommunications networks; the integration of financial markets and the instantaneous ramification of market fluctuations via programme trading; nuclear proliferation; international terrorism; rapid population growth; unsustainable consumption of natural resources; overload of electricity grids, leading to cascading power failures; pollution of the ecosphere and resulting climate change; computer viruses and "cyber-warfare"; genetic engineering; cloning; nanotechnology; artificial intelligence; bioweaponry; the emergence and rapid spread of new strains of infectious disease; and the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Scholars speak of "systemic risk" (Anthony Giddens), "simultaneous crisis formation" (David Harvey), a "general disaster" (Brian Massumi), "worst imaginable accidents" (Ulrich Beck), "total risk of catastrophe" (François Ewald), "global" or "integral" accidents (Paul Virilio), "global catastrophic risks" (Nick Bostrom and Milan Ćirković), and "modernist events" – "events which not only could not possibly have occurred before the twentieth century but the nature, scope, and implications of which no prior age could even have imagined" (Hayden White).

Such occurrences hover indeterminably somewhere between the possible, the probable, and the inevitable. This conference will explore how writers, artists, filmmakers, dramatists, philosophers, and critical and cultural theorists have responded to the prospect and reality of global crisis. Moreover, it will ask how the methodologies of textual and cultural criticism might offer new insights into our age of global risk.

Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

-Notions of futurity, messianism, and the à venir ("to come")

-Modernism and the first era of globalization

-Figurations of the contemporary, postmodern, or technological sublime

-The alteration and/or realization of textual meanings in the wake of catastrophic events

-Connections between conditions of global risk and the aesthetic or intellectual 'risks' taken by experimental artists and thinkers

-Disaster films

-Ecocriticism and climate change

-Future ruins

-The fate of the archive

-"Nuclear Criticism" and its possible revival post-9/11

-(Post-)apocalyptic visions

-Cyberculture and utopian/dystopian futures

-The cultural implications of Kondratiev waves and world-systems theory

Please send 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers to the organizer, Dr Paul Crosthwaite, at by Monday 22 December 2008. Proposals for three-person panels are also welcome; please send a brief description of the panel along with abstracts for the individual papers.

Updates will appear on the conference web site:

Dr Paul Crosthwaite
Lecturer in English Literature
School of English, Communication, and Philosophy
Cardiff University

Health and Disease in Culture

PCA/ACA AREA: Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture

New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 8-April 11, 2009

The "Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture" PCA/ACA area examines a wide variety of topics related to the experiences of human beings pursuing health and living with illness and how these experiences are portrayed in cultural discourse.

Interdisciplinary proposals representing humanities and the arts (e.g., literature, history, film, visual arts) or social sciences (e.g., anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, print or electronic journalism) perspectives through historical or contemporary contexts are welcome. This area emphasizes the pursuit of humane health care and the exploration of the social and cultural contexts in which health care is delivered for individuals or specific groups.

Subject areas might include:
--the portrayal of health care and public policy issues in the mass media. Health care stories of patients' experience of disease; stories of health professionals conducting research or working with patients.

--how stories of chronic and infectious diseases (including global perspectives) are told in popular media and in literature.

--narratives of illness presented in literature (novels, short stores, memoirs) written by patients or health professionals that explore the personal experience of illness.

--how pharmaceuticals, alcohol, or tobacco are presented in the mass media and literature.

--historical or recent depictions of infectious diseases and epidemics, disasters or calamities, in the context of public health consequences for popular audiences. Especially welcome are proposals addressing health problems that New Orleans confronts in the context of Hurricane Katrina.

--representations of health institutions (e.g. HMO's, hospitals, neighborhood drugstores or clinics, government agencies) in the mass media).

--technological innovations and their relation to popular audiences (e.g., x-rays, robotics in medicine).

--healing in non-western societies; alternative care in the United States.

--the promotion of health through diets, exercise, domestic or public health sanitation campaigns.

Contributions from interdisciplinary and single disciplines are welcome. Individual or full panel proposals are considered.

DEADLINE: November 30, 2008. Please send abstracts of 250 words to
Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman
Professor of Political Science and American Studies School of Arts and Sciences
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Fax: 617-732-2801
Phone: 617-732-2904

Web Video Show Adds to Its Storyline

The fictional web video show, Lonelygirl15, has expanded from its early YouTube videoblog beginnings to a series of web shows and even a social website. As WSJ's Marshall Crook reports Lg15 is now set to debut, "The Resistance."