Belated Baudrillard Anecdote to Serve as an Obit

Fall 1995 was the first time I ever got to teach in my area of substantive expertise — it was an intro to communication studies course. I’d cleverly begun with McLuhan (yes, I know I know) and the “Medium is the Message” essay. The course ended with Baudrillard’s “Requiem for the Media” which is essentially […]


That’s the number of unread blog posts in my little rss feed on Safari. Yes, I have been neglecting the internet for other things. I’m thinking I need to get rid of some rss feeds and just go back to reading my friends. But enough on that. So here we are in 2007 and I […]

And now, a short post about course planning

One of my major activities for the week was nailing down the details for my big lecture undergrad course in the winter. It’s a complete reworking of the department’s largest course (200 students), which has moved from a “telegraph to the internet” sort of history of communication course to “introduction to communication studies.” I always […]

New Text

Jonathan Sterne and Emily Raine, “Command Tones: Digitization and Sounded Time,” First Monday 11:9 (September 2006): available online at []. — In other news, class went great yesterday. It’s good to be back in the classroom.

Speaking of School Starting

I’ve finally put the finishing touches on my sound studies syllabus, which is here, for the interested. After messing around with various approaches, I’ve gone back to the required/recommended model, which assures that students can do a reasonable amount of reading in a week, but also points to other stuff that might be essential in […]