Tuesday, March 16, 2010

4 years of Krystuccia + calling it quits

After having maintained this bizarre little blog for the past 4 years, I've decided to pull the plug (figuratively) on Krystuccia. Perhaps in the future I'll start an anonymous academic blog. I hope you enjoy the posts below.


Patrick said...

This a very sad day for this reader. Your insights into design, literature, and music I have found to be a wonderful tonic. I was allowed a glimpse into another's way of seeing the world, and admiring your view.

The best in your new endeavors.

Roya said...

oh no, I'll miss all your posts! Hope you are well!

Krysta said...

Thank you for the kind comments.

Roya - I hope you have a lovely Naw Ruz with your family. (:

limonana said...

KRYSTAAAAA!!!! WHYYYY???? WHYYYYY???? I'm your BIGGEST fan, how am I going to fill this void?? How??? an "anonymous academic blog"?? this is all just a bad dream no?

Krysta said...

HAHAHAHAHA I think an anonymous academic blog sounds amazing! The trouble is I wouldn’t be able to maintain anonymity since I’m still waiting (and hoping and praying) that I no longer remain the only Canadian scholar addressing my specific research questions.

I wouldn’t say there’s a compelling singular reason as to why I think the blog should end. Let’s say 1) I’m finding it increasingly difficult locating items to blog about, 2) I’m questioning more and more the wisdom of having an online presence, 3) I’m inundated with assignments and research work. The blog feels more and more like homework. . . of the worst kind, 4) my blog often falls under an unrestrained promotion of a sea of materialism, 5) I believe we need to problematize the so-called “communitarian” aspects of online associations. Do facebook, twitter, or blogger foster meaningful connections? Or rather, are these programs (and their popularity) more indicative of how disconnected we are becoming as a society? Does having “friends” or “followers” simply allow us to frame one’s importance vis-à-vis visibility? And why are so many people led to, and invest in, this type of reasoning? I’ve been re-reading bell hooks “Teaching community: A pedagogy of hope” and while she frames the loss of a feeling of community (and closeness or connection) across educational structures, I think her criticisms adeptly lends to online communities. Where are the counter-narratives? Who is being listened to and whose words are we valuing and why? How does one temper the cult of self? I could justly be accused of over-thinking all of this, and I'm equally guilty of creating unnecessary binaries. Can you picture me in class? HAHAHAHA

So, let’s just blame bell hooks for the demise of Krystuccia. (;

Patrick said...

Well, there you go again, leaving us with one more book to look up.