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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Summer Goals- #ShiftPerspective

1. This is one of my favorite scenes in a movie. For lots of reasons, but mainly bc it emphasizes how important it is to
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2. Last Spring I went back to teaching high school, so I backed off Twitter  
3. But as the election came around, I drifted back, finding community, finding solace  
4. Before the election, I used Twitter to extend my scholarly/work community. I connected with global scholars & Ss  
5. We shared our latest projects. Cool articles we found. Manuscript images. Asked questions. Crowd sourced.  
6. We weren't robots- while most I know used it mainly for work, we also shared walks, hikes, kittehs, doggos.  
7. was a real community to me, although so were my early modernist, fan-fic, & pop-culture folks.  
8. I got book chapters, articles, help, conferences, cool ideas, and most of all support, from these communities.  
9. But things have changed since November. Because it's all so much worse than even we thought it would be.  
10. "Dumpster fire" doesn't even cover it. The levels of hate, racism, misogyny jump exponentially. Daily.
11. Now we live in fear of what global catastrophe happens if we take the dog for a walk. Or sit down to dinner.  
12. During Inauguration (when I didn't know how bad this was all going to get), I started following more news, politicians  
13. My TF was always an odd mix- climate scientists, snakes, water scholars, medievalists, historians, pop-culture.  
14. Now, there were news outlets, pundits, talking heads, politicians. It seemed like the only way to hear the truth  
15. Mainstream news was too far behind, bowing to their corporate gods, were already to blame for normalizing 45  
16. The power of social media, of not letting people get away with shit, has been instrumental in even holding this line.  
17. But, as many of people have written about, long term hyper awareness, fear, always being on, is harmful.  
18. We may be sleeping less. Eating more crap. Constantly worried. We may be less productive. Not focusing.  
19. Back in January (and yes, it's like dog years) I started to see this in small measure.  
20. I tried to post one medieval, early modern, pop-culture story for every 45 dumpster fire.  
21. The problem is, we were all so overwhelmed, it got harder and harder to FIND these stories. We collectively gave up.


  1. I love this post! Thank you so much.

    1. Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading. Pass it on!