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I'm Jill Walker Rettberg, professor of digital culture at the University of Bergen. Blogging here since October 2000.

Last Build Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:29:17 +0000


Hand signs on = emoji for video

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:04:52 +0000

You know how we add emoji to texts?  In a face-to-face conversation, we don’t communicate simply with words, we also use facial expressions, tone of voice, gestures and body language, and sometimes touch. Emojis are pictograms that let us express … Continue reading

I’m a visiting scholar at MIT this semester

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 22:16:22 +0000

I’m on sabbatical from teaching at the University of Bergen this semester, and am spending the autumn here at MIT. Hooray! It’s a dream opportunity to get to hang out with so many fascinating scholars. I’m at Comparative Media Studies/Writing, … Continue reading

Visa approved

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:32:57 +0000

I’m going to be spending next semester as a visiting scholar at MIT’s Department of Comparative Media Studies, and there are a lot of practical things to organize. We have rented a flat there, but still need to rent out … Continue reading

I won the John Lovas Memorial Award for my Snapchat Research Stories!

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 08:13:16 +0000

I am so excited: I won the John Lovas Memorial award last night at the Computers and Writing Conference for my Snapchat Research Stories! The award is given by Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, the leading digitally-native journal for … Continue reading

Finding my old notebook from 1997

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:29:20 +0000

I found an old notebook when I was tidying my desk today. Its from 1997 and 1998, when I was working on my MA in comparative literature and writing about creative, non-fiction hypertext. I read all the 1990s hypertext theory … Continue reading

Snapchat erases protests and diversity in its White Australia version of Australia Day

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:56:13 +0000

Snapchat’s live stories usually present the world in a way that emphasises diversity, tolerance and respect for different races, religions and sexualities. But sometimes they fail miserably – like in the Live Story about yesterday’s Australia Day, which is now … Continue reading

What Does the Inauguration Look Like On Snapchat?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:44:39 +0000

[16:42 Norway time Jan 20, 2017: I’ll update this post if more Inauguration-related content appears on Snapchat – and do let me know if there is content in the US that I can’t see here in Norway!] I’m interested in … Continue reading

Three book chapters

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:08:30 +0000

I’ve finished up revisions on a few book chapters in the last few months. Here are the preprints: Rettberg, Jill Walker. “Online Diaries and Blogs.” In The Diary, edited by Batsheva Ben-Amos and Dan Ben-Amos. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming. … Continue reading

Jilltxt discovers

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:03:41 +0000

I’ve been fascinated by recently. It’s an app that is extremely popular among tweens and young teens, and is mostly used for lip-syncing. There’s a lot to be said about the app, but here is a short thing I … Continue reading

Men get the research money

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:46:13 +0000

A woman applying to the Norwegian Research Council’s program SAMKUL only has half the chance a man has of being supported.  36% of projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council last week are led by women. That’s great, you might be … Continue reading