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Sunday, June 15, 2008

If you keep Googling it, it's never going to get better...

Anyone who's followed this blog from its inception will probably be familiar with my rocky history with the CBC radio program Canada Reads. Yesterday I Googled "Mutford" and "Canada Reads" just out of curiosity, to see how much of that history had been chronicled online. Most of it, as I suspected, revolved around my unsuccessful campaign to land a spot on the show, but one surprising find went back to our halcyon days. In a paper written for the University of British Columbia, Kathryn Grafton and Elizabeth Maurer "take a rhetorical approach to weblogs as social action, examining two sets of blogs: blogs responding to a national literary event called Canada Reads and 'homeless blogs.'"

For the Canada Reads half of the paper Grafton and Maurer focus on a series of posts I wrote about Canada Reads back in 2006. "These posts enabled Mutford to cultivate a public self as literary critic and Canada Reads expert. His genre selection and assumed subject positions— confident reader, literary critic, Canada Reads expert—lent Mutford the credibility to then take up the five-day literary debate in posts written in the 'daily recap' genre (MUTFORD, Apr. 17-21, 2006), through which he adopted subject positions of 'play-by-play announcer' and 'colour commentator' for his bookish Superbowl." (You can read the entire article here.)

While I'm quite aware that juxtaposed with the homeless blogs, mine is the more frivolous. Still, I suppose that I'm flattered that they'd think it worthy of any study. It is a little bizarre to see my name and blog used in such a context.

8 comments:

Carrie K said...

It is nice to see them take you seriously but "homeless" blogs? I'm guessing blogs not directly affiliated with Canada Reads but it sounds odd.

John Mutford said...

Carrie: No, the homeless blogs are blogs primarily about homelessness written by homeless people. They have nothing to do tangentially or otherwise with Canada Reads.

Teddy Rose said...

Well, at least you got some recognition. I think you would have done a better job then all the panelists combined. I gave up on Canada reads a couple of years ago.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are the subject of an academic paper? You're a rock star!

I notice that your Canada Reads posts are indeed cited in the literature. It would be interesting to see if you have had an increase in hits on those particulat posts since the publication of the paper.

Dale said...

That must have been so strange when you read it. You are a superstar John!

I was thinking differently about the term 'homeless blogs' as well for some reason.

John Mutford said...

Teddy Rose: This past season was the first time I hadn't tuned in in years. That said, I do hope to read King Leary and probably the others that were up this year.

Barbara: I haven't noticed any spike in my numbers, nor has there been any additional comments to those posts.

Dale: It felt very odd reading it.

Carrie K said...

Where are the homeless blogging from?

John Mutford said...

Carrie: One of those that the article quotes uses free internet time at a local library. I imagine some shelters have access as well.