Donna Bogotin wrote another column, this time about me and how uninformed I am. I’m really surprised a professional writer would stoop to such vitriol about a casual blogger/student (who has a readership of like 100 people). I am not going to talk about her any more on this blog, and I apologize for writing the words “what do you expect from a former investment banker”, which I guess justified all those personal attacks from her. Generally, when I critique an article or piece, I think it’s really important to look at the perspective of the person writing it. A person with a purely business background, for example, might look at a website and ask “how can it make money for me?” while a sociologist might ask “what are users doing on this site that is interesting?”
I guess she didn’t like the short summary of my Swan paper either; I can see how it might seem a little abstruse to a non-academic. I really like that one– I’m rewriting it right now and will be submitting it to journals soon. I spent more than two years studying plastic surgery and reality television. I guess if you come from journalism and don’t really understand academia, you might think this is a dumb project or something, but hell, I’m in media studies, and I think the Swan is a really rich text for looking at the construction of feminine identity.
Anyway, enough of all this. I leave tonight for Oxford and will try to blog a bit from the conference, if the guy at Radio Shack was right and my power adapter doesn’t fry my laptop, and there is wireless, two big IFs.