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She used to do it in reverse

<![CDATA[Susannah Breslin, who once rode the blogrange as the Reverse Cowgirl, is back and writing her new book in public. Porn Happy is a chronicle of things she reported on during her years covering sex for a variety of publications and on TV turned into a kind of fiction that only The Invisible Cowgirl can […]

<![CDATA[Susannah Breslin, who once rode the blogrange as the Reverse Cowgirl, is back and writing her new book in public. Porn Happy is a chronicle of things she reported on during her years covering sex for a variety of publications and on TV turned into a kind of fiction that only The Invisible Cowgirl can write. Watching how this takes shape will be fun. Not many fiction writers have done this, because there’s a fear of early drafts being judged—Susannah’s going to talk about her research, what inspires the book, and more. Pretty ovaries-out, if you ask me.]]>

2 replies on “She used to do it in reverse”

okay, so with this post (and your request for additional sponsorship) comes my question: at what point in the future (if ever) does ‘blogging’ become a trade? Meaning, when does some institution of higher education offer an associates, bachelors or masters degree in web log publishing? is there a future revenue stream that will drive job creation? i’m impatient because i work in higher ed and I want to create a degree related to blogging of some sort. when, and most importantly, how does it happen?

Brandon, I would be very concerned if blogging became a credentialed activity. Writing or, in the case of vlogging or audioblogging, production, are already something one can study in a school. So is the activity of writing professionally, whether it’s credentialed through a J-School or a Ph.D. program in English (I happen to have done most of the MFA in Creative Writing at SFSU, followed by a half a semester of J-School that my professor told me I didn’t need, though I got paid for my writing before that).
A trade? Well, there you are talking not about a university program, but a kind of life skill that can be applied to earning a living. Placing blogging into a particular pillar of the educational institution—English Dept., Commumications Dept., Comp. Sci. Dept.—suggests a verticalized approach to personal communication, which is something I think we should all be encouraged to do better regardless of our specialties.
After its general gutting the humanities in education is in more serious need of repair than the urgency one may feel over creating a degree in blogging. After all, blogging is just a format and some tools that have been applied to a variety of types of writing. We need to be more concerned with educating an informed, skeptical populace willing to argue civilly over the issues of the day.
Where would you put blogging in the university? What department? Is is a joint-degree program between English and Comp. Sci.? Would anything justify a chair of blogging at the expense of, say, a full professor of literature? Do we have a chair of desktop publishing at any school other than a design school (if, even, there)?