Sunday, December 20, 2009

Repurpose the Architect

A seasonal grab bag this time, three bits of content: an interview, a second group of glossary entries, and photos from Flint.

First, the "Repurpose the Architect" interview with me, conducted by Bolu Olorunda, a student at Ball State University, on November 13, 2009.


Second, five more additions to the glossary I am assembling (which I began in the "Leftover Rightunder" post of July 4, 2009 with the terms gacaca, getting baptized, rightsizing, urban prairie, and walking point):

flash fiction ... "fiction of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some self-described markets for flash fiction impose caps as low as 300, while others consider stories as long as 1000 words to be flash fiction... Other names for flash fiction include sudden fiction, microfiction, micro-story, postcard fiction, prosetry and short short story, though the distinctions are sometimes drawn between some of these terms; for example, sometimes 1,000 words is considered the cut-off between 'flash fiction' and the slightly longer 'sudden fiction.'" [from Wikipedia]

rapport-talk ... "Phil Donahue may have pioneered the daytime TV format, but Ms. [Oprah] Winfrey transformed it from report-talk focused on information to rapport-talk - the telling of secrets and personal troubles that drives many women's friendships." [from Deborah Tannen, "Donahue Talked, Oprah Listened," New York Times, November 29, 2009.]

reality twittering ... "In April, [Mark Horvath] took a major risk that became a turning point for his cause. He spent his last $300 on a trip to Sacramento to interview homeless people in the tent communities that had spring up there as a result of the recession. 'I thought nobody was telling their story, and I needed to go there,' he said. 'I left [Los Angeles] knowing that I could be evicted.' Horvath roamed the homeless tent cities, documenting the experience on his Twitter stream, @HardlyNormal. He also used Whrrl, a Web and mobile application that lets users share stories via brief updates, photos and location. 'I call it reality twittering,' Horvath explained. 'I try to engage people and bring them along for the ride'" [from Valerie Streit, "Activist's Web site, tweets put new face on homelessness," CNN Tech, December 1, 2009.]

see-food ... "I like See-food. I see food, I eat it." [Lawless Watson, "Vendor Profile," Washington D.C.'s Street Sense - where the poor and homeless earn and give their two cents," September 16-29, 2009.]

soft coup ... "In August, after the suppression of Iran's pro-democracy protests, officials in Tehran accused Western governments of using online social networks like Twitter and Facebook to help execute a 'soft coup.' The accusation wasn't entirely off-base. In Iran and elsewhere, this year showed the growing importance of social networks to U.S. foreign policy." ["Social Networks as Foreign Policy," New York Times Magazine, December 13, 2009.]


Finally, photographs taken in Flint, Michigan on December 16, 2009 of three consecutive abandoned and boarded houses (two of them burned out) at (from left) 706, 702, and 628 East Third Street. For more, see "Flint, Michigan collection" at the site.