Category Archives for technology

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


A much-beloved aunt and uncle of mine who live not too far away from here, in a lovely suburban split-level they moved into — what? 45 years ago? — are preparing to move to an assisted living facility a bit … Continue reading

05 June 2012 by KF
Categories: family, technology


Dear major television scholar who appeared at the very top of my Facebook feed this morning, where I could not avoid you (and I think you know who you are): sticking the word “spoiler” immediately before a most appalling revelation … Continue reading

04 June 2012 by KF
Categories: grousing, networks, television


Collin published a fantastic post yesterday thinking through, among other things, love, writing, Roland Barthes, Etsy, and Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo. He’s had reasons for having fallen out of the blogging routine of late, reasons that are quite different from mine, … Continue reading

29 May 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, writing

I Has a Sad

I’ve just gone through and pruned my blogroll, taking a look to see who was still active (by a fairly generous definition, given my own lack of activity), who had moved house, and who had gone the way of all … Continue reading

28 May 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, reflecting

Rearranging the Deck Chairs

Some months back, I got pharmahacked, which was a royal pain, needless to say, and which I took extremely personally. (Witness: I got hacked.) Part of what annoyed me so much about the hack was that I knew I’d been … Continue reading

27 May 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, tinkering

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