As you can probably tell from my sporadic posting, this blog is not my top priority. Indeed, it’s well down the list of priorities in my life. While this is certainly not by design, it’s the unfortunate reality of my life. Accordingly, I’m giving up the pretense of being a blogger, at least for the time being, and am putting DKMM on (more-or-less) hold.
It’s not going away for good, and I’ll certainly post when the spirit moves me (and clouds part enough for me to write here), but I won’t be attempting a regular schedule any time soon. So, don’t drop me from your feed reader just yet, but don’t get impatient waiting for new installments. In the meantime, you can tap into my del.icio.us links (my username there is dkompare), and see what I’m up to on the coming CSI casefile at MediaCommons. Enterprising folks will easily be able to track me down elsewhere online as well (including commenting on others’ blogs).
Before I go for now, I did have one last mini-rant. Amidst all the great discussion about media convergence and fandom these past several months (at Henry Jenkins’ blog and elsewhere), there’s been amazingly little acknowledgment of the elephant in the room: time.
I have a fairly typical junior professor workload, with teaching, research, writing, and committee work all commanding and dissecting my attention. I do have three course preps every fall (and two of these are new for me this go ’round; yay), so I’m a bit more crammed this time of year. However, I also have two pre-school-aged children. As any parent can tell you, kids, beautiful and amazing though they are, basically kick your ass, especially when they’re young. My spouse and I divide our work week up so that one of us is always with the kids. While this is far from ideal (and means that I must function exclusively as “Daddy” from about 3 till 8 on most weekdays, and 8 till 8 on weekends), it’s what we have to do.
So when people talk about the latest Web 2.0 gizmos, or playing the Wii, or this week’s hot topic for LiveJournal fans, I can generally only participate in “meta” mode, speculating about what’s going on, but doing very, very little of the actual stuff itself. From time to time, I’m able to nibble a few of these things here and there. But that’s it. I can scarcely keep up with the material I’m actively working on, let alone with anything else going on in the media universe.
There seems to be an unexamined assumption (especially in fan studies) that one has the time to do all (or even some) of these things, when in actuality, it’s amazingly difficult to make the time. Fandom, if defined as a continual active engagement in creative and critical practices, is thus by necessity the province of the temporally privileged, i.e., those with time on their hands. I haven’t had time on my hands since 2003, and look forward to having some again circa 2023. Like I said above, I can stick my toes in (to use another metaphor) from time to time, but can’t get in the water on a regular basis.
On that note, and as work beckons impatiently, I’ll take my leave for now. Till next time, happy musing elsewhere…
“Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”