Category Archives for blogging


I have once again missed my own anniversary. It turns out that June 18, the day I launched this summer’s adventure, was the day this blog turned 11. Eleven! Planned Obsolescence is fully a tween, alternately chatty and sulky. Here’s … Continue reading

21 June 2013 by KF
Categories: blogging

Advice on Academic Blogging, Tweeting, Whatever

Over the weekend, something hashtagged as #twittergate was making the rounds among the tweeps. I haven’t dug into the full history (though Adeline storyfied it), but the debate has raised questions about a range of forms of conference reporting, and … Continue reading

01 October 2012 by KF
Categories: academia, blogging, twitter

Last Season, on Planned Obsolescence

One key problem with the blog as a platform for serial scholarship is that it’s much too easy to find yourself interrupted, to lose a train of thought. Then again, this is a key problem with having a day job … Continue reading

21 August 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, writing

Reader Response, in Theory

In my last post, on blogs as serialized scholarship, I noted that a colleague of mine had posted a link to a prior post on Facebook, resulting in an interesting conversation that I regretted not being able to share. That … Continue reading

14 July 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, research

Blogs as Serialized Scholarship

Over the last two installments of this series, I’ve thought a bit about the relationship between scholarship, seriality, and the unpopular, all of which thinking has been headed toward a consideration of what the blog can contribute as a mode … Continue reading

12 July 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, research

The Unpopular

This post revolves around two jokes that I’ve heard of late, each of which has been stuck in my head since I heard it. The first joke, as I noted in part 1 of this series, surfaced in a fantastic … Continue reading

07 July 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, research


I nearly missed it. Again. Today is the tenth anniversary of my first post here at Planned Obsolescence. 1484 posts later, I’m still here, and I’m thrilled to say that, given the renewed energy of things around here over the … Continue reading

18 June 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, planned obsolescence, reflecting

Unpopular Seriality

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a workshop on “Popular Seriality” put together by Jason Mittell, Frank Kelleter, and the Popular Seriality research unit at the University of Göttingen. The workshop was relatively small, and so it … Continue reading

17 June 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, research

Annals of Comment Spam

A few days back, I tweeted an amusing bit of comment spam I’d received that morning: Today in spam comments: ‘Seriously hardly ever do I encounter a blog that is both educative and entertaining, and let me let you know, … Continue reading

09 June 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, pondering


This morning is filled with the millions of details required to get self and stuff out the door and on the road for the better part of seven weeks. It’s the always enervating start to what’s bound to be an … Continue reading

06 June 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, travel

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