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Folklorist and Technology Writer Audrey Watters @audreywatters Now Blogging at Insider Higher Education

Folklorist (M.A. in folklore from the University of Oregon, 2000) and technology writer Audrey Watters has a new column/blog at Inside Higher Education, the free daily newspaper for the higher education community. It is called Hack [Higher] Education. Describing the goals for the blog, she writes:

In this blog, I plan to address some of the developments in the tech industry and analyze how these might impact teaching, learning, institutions, teachers, students. But I’m also just as intrigued by the possibilities of the inverse:  how will education “hack” technology?  In other words, how will teachers and students and institutions “hack” technology back? How will a new era of technology and a new generation of technology users challenge some of the institutional practices, policies, and power-players both in education and in education technology? … My posts on Inside Higher Ed will — like me — traverse both the worlds of academia and the worlds of “hackers” (or at least the worlds of technology companies, both established and upstart).

Her first column/post can be found here. Congratulations Audrey.

An Ethnographer Among the Protesters (in Tel Aviv)

A wonderful, talented doctoral researcher in my circle has been in Tel Aviv over the past year pursuing dissertation research and also blogging beautifully about life in her chosen corner of the city at White City Streets. It has been an eventful year for the city, for Israel, and for the region. Her most recent posts focus on the large-scale protests in Israel, developments that have been getting no attention in the U.S. as we have been held captive–distracted and immobilized–by the House of (not) Representatives. If you would like an ethnographic glimpse of what is happening on the streets and in the parks there now, check out the recent narratives, photos, and video posted by “folklorist” on White City Streets.

2010 in review

The new semester is upon us and I do not have time to author a year in review post.  Thankfully the robots at cooked one up for me (and everyone else) and made it easy to autopost.  It is silly but also a bit interesting.  The secret to my success in 2010 was, it seems, the word “pegboard.”  I am not sure what to make of that.  For what it is worth…


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers


A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 101 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 235 posts. There were 16 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 1st with 213 views. The most popular post that day was About Me.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jason baird jackson, pegboard, jason baird, dell hymes, and jethro gaede.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


About Me October 2007


Graduate Students August 2007


Getting Yourself Out of the Business in Five Easy Steps (With Updates) October 2009


Publications September 2007


Our Circulatory System (or Folklore Studies Publishing in the Era of Open Access, Corporate Enclosure and the Transformation of Scholarly Societies) May 2010

Worldwide List of OA Journals in Anthropology

Thanks to for compiling a worldwide list of (gold) open access journals in anthropology and neighboring fields. (Many folklore and ethnology titles are included.) In addition to listing known journals with links, a search utility has been set up on the site. Find the OA anthropology journal list here: . This is a great resource for a number of reasons, including the presence here of titles such that have not been included in the Directory of Open Access Journals. The listing should be of special value to higher education librarians and the students and faculty that they support. had already established itself as the best blogroll in anthropology (see here), so this was a logical and wonderful next step.

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