My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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a spazzy danah talk

When i was in North Carolina a few weeks back, i gave an off-the-cuff talk at UNC. The ibiblio folks have uploaded a video of it to their site. Since i still can’t stand seeing myself speak, i won’t watch it but if i remember correctly, about half of it is me answering various questions that i received before the talk and the second half is me answering questions in the room. It’s by no means a formal talk but rather a spewing of random ideas, thoughts, and observations. I don’t know if it’ll be interesting to anyone, but i figured i should at least post about it since so many ibiblio folks are wandering over here from their site (hi!!!)

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13 comments to a spazzy danah talk

  • Wonderful talk – brings a lot of things into sharp focus in a way.

  • clothingoptional

    “Ooh, you’re ringing!”

    – love it!

  • Nice talk. I think that, transcribed, that would present a good overview and introduction to your work for any newcomers. Volunteers? (everyone steps back) On a trivial note, your drink lasted just long enough for the talk? Chance, or carefull planning!?

  • Johanka

    Yeah, this is a great overview. Danah, I’m afraid I have a serious crush on you, but don’t worry, I don’t expect you to reciprocate in any way. 🙂

  • I’m at work, so I’ve only been able to see about 1/4 of this, but it’s really amazing. Your brief history of the creation of the teenager “class” is totally amazing and new to me. I’m about to start reading through your papers now.

  • I think there is no reason to worry about your speech, all the more it was based on the answers to the questions of the audience!!!! i was a witness of an incident in the Dubai hotel I’ve stayed in recently, while was visiting the Emirates!!! A crazy person, I think, organized a public speech near the hotel about the World War II and his difficult childhood during it!!! It was very strange, though I sympathize with him!!!! 🙂

  • Actually, your talk was fascinating in all of the best ways. You were insightful, challenging and took each question seriously and responded with complete and thoughtful answers. As someone who was sitting up front and to your left I was very impressed with the variety of topics you were able to cover (and cover well) in the time allotted.

    My only complaint was that you just sort of stopped talking when time was up. I would have rather had you continue talking until they kicked us all out of the room.

  • lee Scriggins

    I was so glad to see your talk. I do anti violence work on a college campus, and we are really curious and interested to be in social networks that doesn’t replicate the moral panic, or intrusive, doofy helping professional vibe, but does make resources really accessible. I’d really really like to consult with you, and even probably have some money to offer!

  • This is a thorough body of spoken information. zow. Not getting past undergrad some of it wizzed over my head, but I am impressed at just how much research you’ve done.

    Blogging, the internet, even “googling” is fairly new to me, but I tip my hat to the internet’s power. And find it interesting to be in a time where we are all part of a new history in the making.

    I look forward to more information that you share, especially when I can understand it.

  • This is a thorough body of spoken information. zow. Not getting past undergrad some of it wizzed over my head, but I am impressed at just how much research you’ve done.

    Blogging, the internet, even “googling” is fairly new to me, but I tip my hat to the internet’s power. And find it interesting to be in a time where we are all part of a new history in the making.

    I look forward to more information that you share, especially when I can understand it.

  • Cheryl Foreman

    Yay Dana! It’s been years since I’ve really talked to you about what you do and I just stumbled on to your blog this evening…what a treat it was to watch that talk! I love seeing people I know doing what they do best.
    I remember when you sent out a query to the RS list asking for people’s experience/relationship with Friendster…you’ve come a long way, baby.

  • Interesting talk!

    The moral panics revolving around MySpace are so similar to the ones we have in Denmark concerning the largest social networking site in the country called http://www.arto.dk / http://www.arto.dk – and your research findings are also really similar to mine on that particular site.