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From: ludimagist Date: November 3rd, 2006 - 05:13 pm (Link)
Obviously they're both good and valid, but I still say you're safer with the wrestling one in terms of research methodology and whatnot.

You've already gone through the primary research and fieldwork and will be able to speak about it with much more authority. There are a couple things you should look up cause you may be asked about how your work relates (stuff like Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle By Sharon Mazer) but all in all you're dealing with your experience as the primary source of the paper and can speak with authority as an auto ethnographer. Also, though there is a lot of writing on professional wrestling, I don't think anyone has gone and trained in it and been a participant observer and then been scholarly about it, so you will have a lot of cache in that sense.

The same can be said to some extent about the photography project, but when you present it will still be a work in progress so you might save that for when it's done and you can be more authoritative. Also, since there is much more conflicting theory in circulation about that sort of thing and many people writing on it already, not only will you not have the cache of the other topic, but you'll be subject to a lot more psuedointellectual masterbatory nonsense that will go from amusing you to annoying you really really fast.

Also, speaking from within academia, you are likely to be taken more seriously with the wrestling paper than with the photography one without having or being in progress for a grad degree.

You should still keep the abstract for the photography one and submit it elsewhere, maybe when you've done all 365 days of yourself can can do an overview. You'll probably still have other participants in the project a year from now anyway and more to draw from.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 3rd, 2006 - 05:31 pm (Link)
certainly true. Of course, to be fair, I actually have far more experience as a blogger/net.personality than I do as a pro-wrestler.

Like I said, I'm torn.
From: ludimagist Date: November 3rd, 2006 - 05:43 pm (Link)
Yes, but there are a lot more people theorizing about internet personality than there are actually going and training in wrestling. You can speak with much more authority in an academic context about wrestling.

And still present the internet paper next year.

I'm just saying, you'll probably have a better first conference experience if you do the wrestling one.

You know, you might want to check out tsenft's journal. She did her dissertation on internet personality and had it published as a book (and is pretty cool).
[User Picture]From: jeremiahblatz Date: November 3rd, 2006 - 06:36 pm (Link)
I agree that you should do the wrestling thing. Certainly you've done more blogging than you have done wrestling, but you have wrestled more than other people more than you have blogged more than other people. (IOW, (you_wrestling/others_wrestling) > (you_blogging/others_blogging) ). I think you could be a more outstanding speaker on the Masculinity panel.
From: nckd Date: November 3rd, 2006 - 06:46 pm (Link)
I think it's always better to go with the more original topic in an academic setting, as long as you can speak on it at all well, and there's not nearly as much done on wrestling and masculinity as there is on the internet. Blogging is pretty well covered in pop culture studies, I think -- it's kind of like open source in my field.

Plus, as people above have pointed out -- you have more distinctive experience in wrestling than in blogging.

From: nckd Date: November 3rd, 2006 - 06:48 pm (Link)
Also, there's the advantage of the literature being smaller, so you're not caught up on something you haven't read because you're not devoting all your time as a grad student to reading about that topic.

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