Back in the day, when I was still a "civilian" (instead of a grad student), part of my job was to keep up with new and cool things going on in technology, and to think about these cool things in the context of college education. (Yes, essentially I got paid to surf the web. Sigh. The good ol’ days…)
Anyway, now that I’m a grad student, my job is to consume and think about an incredible amount of theory. Although I’m ostensibly in a technology program, struggling my way through the theory leaves precious little time and energy for keeping up with the cool new technologies.
But! this is where working with actual students (college, in my case) and classes comes in handy. As any self-respecting researcher knows, it’s all about what we can learn from our participants (and not just about our participants as data… although this is sometimes a hard distinction to remember). Anyway, long story short – one of the classes that I’m working with (not for diss, on another project) is in the process of exploring YTMND (You’re the Man, Dog). From a social technology standpoint, a fascinating example of memes (and in some serendipitous synchronicity, one of the classes I’m working with for my diss is reading about memes in Dawkins this week). From a literacies standpoint, a fascinating example of multimodality and intertextuality. I would loooove to interview some of these folks about their creative decisions. Read the Wikipedia entry to get up to speed, and then check out the Batman fad – original and one of the spinoffs. Holy funny and creative, Batman!