31 July 2013

Accent as a Political Statement in "Elysium"

Although Elysium sounds like a movie I don't want to see (post-earth apocalypse one more time), I'm curious about the film for two reasons--how (and if) it addresses real-world problems and its use of accents. According to Sharlto Copley, who plays a maniacal South African assassin, the film  takes on real-world problems, in part by using accent as a political statement. He's quoted in an article in today's New York Times, "Trying to Spice a Recipe for Cinematic Popcorn": “Our movie is a political statement,” Mr. Copley added. “It doesn’t shy away from controversial ideas. No studio person was saying, ‘Oh, people won’t understand that accent you’re doing, so you had better do half of that.’ Or if there was, we didn’t listen.” I'm also curious as to how someone does "half" an accent.



22 February 2013

Mediating the Academic Blogosphere: Listing a Blog Your CV


I just debated whether or not to list my blog on my cv, and decided to list it. My blog is a variety of my scholarship, writing  and publishing, and more importantly, it brings my work out of the tower and into the town. 

I'm wondering what the rest of you think--do you list your blog on your cv? Why or why not? 

You might be interested in this read this post by Mark Carrigan on mediating the academic blogosphere,

19 January 2013

Word of the Year Update

While yolo wasn't voted as the Word of the Year, it was voted as Most Useful. The Word of the Year for 2012 is #hashtag. For all of the nominations and category winners, visit the American Dialect Society's announcement of WOTY 2012.