I am reposting this from the CSRN website. Consumer Studies should definitely be an official section of the American Sociological Association, and this year we are initiating a drive to make it so! We need 200 email signatures.
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The Consumer Studies Research Network (CSRN)
 is seeking to become an offical section of the American Sociological Association.

If you are interested insupport this effort, copy and paste the statement below and email it to csrn2011@camden.rutgers.edu. In sending this email, I certify that I am an ASA member and that I pledge to join the Sociology of Consumers and Consumption section as a dues-paying member for at least the next two membership years once it commences.

If you are not an ASA member but intend on becoming one in 2011, it is ok to support section status so long as you follow through and join ASA by Jan 1, 2011. 

 CSRN website: http://csrn.camden.rutgers.edu/  If you have any questions, contact Dan Cook dtcook@camden.ruitgers.edu
 
I am really and truly intending to blog somewhat sociologically now that I have this site. But I have been finding it so difficult to get started! Not that I don't have topics I want to explore, but because it is somewhat intimidating to put myself and my ideas out there in this context. And whenever I start to write informally, I always think it sounds much dumber than it did in my head.

I really admire people who can blog or otherwise informally write on the internet in a very complete, thoughtful, smart and quick way. It really is a talent. But for me, complete thoughts often come very slowly, which is why I like academia. The emphasis is on coming to well-thought out analysis through careful thought and consideration of the data. I like the relative safety. But sometimes this can be paralyzing. I often feel like I am slower than many in this process, so blogging seems like even more of risky practice. How do I balance writing fairly quickly and currently with the risk of being wrong or doing some faulty reasoning, especially when this is all attached to what I am trying to establish as my "professional sociologist" identity?

I do want this blog to more than a list of links- a twitter feed can accomplish that already. And I figure more practice writing is good for me. They say academics (or at least grad students) should write everyday.

So, I am aiming for at least once a week substantive posts. Setting goals is good.

I will be presenting some initial findings from my dissertation research at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society next Friday. So my weekend goal is to put that talk together. This one should be fun- I am talking about Michael Jackson!
 
A really good pair of Context podcasts recently, with David Grazian interviewing Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, and other pop culture journalism. They covered a lot in those two podcasts that I try to get to in my pop culture course. I think what's really emphasized in these podcasts is just how much pop culture covers and how confusing it can be to figure out what exactly is going on in it!