Category Archives: being a scholar

Networked Politics

Last week, Kazys Varnelis, wrote on his Facebook wall, “If you want to understand the mess we are in, read this important article from our Networked Publics book” and posted a link to an essay I published with my co-author Mark E. Kann.  In the comment, he also made a remark on how prophetic the essay was, especially with regards to the role of social media in the 2016 US Election.

Kazys’ post forced me to look back and read what we wrote.  Eight years ago, in 2008, when writings and scholarship on the internet were still predominantly utopian, we published a chapter with a different tone. We argued that digital media — network technologies — have made political mobilization easy (click like/share/love/ retweet to agree with your friends on Facebook/Twitter, to get access to/share fakenews that justifies/amplifies your belief,  to sign petition on, etc.) but they have not been able to promote democratic deliberation. In this environment, simplified/extreme views are easily promoted, making issues such as Brexit a perfect issue and candidates such as Trump a perfect candidate.

“[…] it is misleading to claim that online deliberation and online mobilization practices have really deepened democracy.”

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[#ThrowbackThursday] Memorable years

‪#‎throwbackThursday‬ ‪#‎Kamisnostalgis‬ (Indonesian translation is below)

Early this year, in a conference where I presented a keynote address, a young researcher approached me and said,”Professor Lim, I’m a fan. I read every single work you have published, including the very old one from a long time ago.” I was flattered but also felt like a 100 year-old professor.

I smiled and said, “Thank you, that’s very nice of you. Oh… the very old one from a long time ago? Was it published in 19th century?” Continue reading [#ThrowbackThursday] Memorable years

[TIPS] Handling Q&A session

My graduate students asked for some tips to handle conference’ Q&A session. Here are my answers. I find these useful not only for conferences, but also in everyday interactions.

1. When you think you really know the answer, wait 5 seconds before you say it. Sometimes you don’t really know whether you really know or just think you really know.
2. Avoid a ‘stupid’ moment: before reacting (negatively/harshly/carelessly/…), think of something stupid and don’t say it. Continue reading [TIPS] Handling Q&A session

Making sense of the occupy movement

Below is my presentation for the Making Sense of the Occupy Movement panel at ASU Tempe, Nov 30th, 2011, 12-1:30pm.

I wish to post a written version of my commentary or a summary of this presentation… unfortunately I had injured my right hand (wrist) that makes it kinda painful to type. It’ll take sometime for me to be back to normal.


Lim’s end of semester rambling

warning: this is my rambling, written in rambling mode by a rambling mind. so it should be read as the rambling ;p

This is the end of semester. Meaning it’s a typically busiest time of the semester. Tons of files wait for your fingers to touch and caress. Heaps of papers need grading. And some unnecessary piles to be confiscated! I enjoy everything about it, except one thing: meeting! More meetings being held these days. I sometime wonder why people have to have meetings. I think meetings are the most dull highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and institutions like to be engaged as they mostly have very little imagination on how to spend their employers’ time. Oh yes, you can quote my definition and bring it to your boss if you think you waste too much time on meetings.

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Glimpses of the Past: Ohio

Downtown Athens, Ohio

A month ago, I found two sketches from eight years ago. They were finished but uncolored. I took a little time of my evening brushing them with some watercolor. The above sketch is from the Court Street of downtown Athens, Ohio. And the one below is of the Baker Center of Ohio University at Athens.

It gave me a sentimental feeling to look at these sketches. Continue reading Glimpses of the Past: Ohio

Rewarding job

Being a faculty member of a research university is different than in teaching universities or colleges. Research is a big or dominant part of our duties. Due to my ‘unique’ position, my teaching load is even smaller than everybody else. Formally my current load is 60% for research, 20% teaching and 20% service. In reality, teaching actually takes most of my time and energy.

I love doing research. I enjoy staring for hours looking at random facts and having a never-ending daydream trying to make sense of them. I love collecting stories of people and spend thousand hours trying to untangle knots and to connect dots.
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It’s (not) all new

Happy super belated New Year!

Yes, it’s too late to wish you a happy new year… I wish you all had a good start of year 2010. And it’s not too late to say: Happy Chinese New Year & Happy Valentine’s Day !

Apology for a super long silence. It’s just hard to go back to blog writing after stopped for such a long time. I am back now. Have many ideas to write but not sure I’d be able to get them written down soon.

So, new year. What’s new? I got to say that I got many NEW things happening. Continue reading It’s (not) all new

The Day of Forgetting/Remembering (Part 2 – the Hat)

So, it’s still about yesterday, which was the day of the today of the yesterday, and thus a continuation of

My bike+house key now is always attached to my wrist (I put on an elastic band on the keychain), and my hat never goes anywhere (it has a rope to keep it hanging on my neck when the hat is not on my head). My preventive system works well. I now rarely forget my key or my hat.

First class went well, hat on. Then a meeting with LG, it went well too. Then I spent sometime working at my office before the second class. Continue reading The Day of Forgetting/Remembering (Part 2 – the Hat)