Monday, January 05, 2009

Plastic bag philosophy under flickering florescent strip lighting

- groovy, but if you suffer from epilepsy, ask a doctor first.

in-transit: Euljiro sam ga


Blogger Justin said...

that is my kind of subway stop...

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Hi Les,

Sorry to do this in a comment and not sure if you still update this blog, but I didn't see an email address for you anywhere on the site. I'm a former native English teacher (lived and worked in Korea for two years) who is now a Master's student at the University of Glasgow. The reason that I'm writing to you is that I'm hoping that you would be willing to complete a questionnaire that forms part of the research I am conducting for my MSc Information Management & Preservation dissertation.

My dissertation will examine the role of blogs in helping to form and shape a sense of community identity amongst expats living in South Korea. This is being done in order to determine the archival value of these blogs and examine if, and how, they should be preserved.

Basically, I believe that today’s archives are rife with personal diaries and papers which allow us a glimpse into the past. But, what of the archives of the future? How many people today actually keep a pen and paper journal or write letters home? More and more native English teachers living in Korea have replaced diaries and letters home with blogs. Furthermore, due to the nature of the native English teacher community in Korea, much of the information about this community can only be found on the Internet on sites such as blogs (like yours). Therefore, a failure to preserve blogs may create a black hole of information for future generations of archives users.

You can read more about my project as well as fill out my questionnaire by visiting I’d really appreciate it if you could find the time to complete the questionnaire. Some of the issues I'm examining are what happens to blogs when their authors decide to stop writing and if blog authors would be willing to have their blogs digitally preserved, so I'd be interested to hear your views on these matters.

(Also, if any or your readers would like to fill out the questionnaire that would be great too!)

Thank you,

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Learn Korean said...

Hi, great blog! Is there any way to contact you directly via email? You can reach me at Thx!

1:13 AM  

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