1. I can’t believe it’s been fifteen years since Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville.” I’ve been listening to the CD a lot lately for some reason and then FLOW posted a brief commentary on its impact fifteen years later. I really loved this album, but I didn’t find it as much of a feminist anthem as might have. But it’s fifteenth anniversary re-release reminds me that back in ’93 I was busy listening to Indigo Girls and Melissa Ethridge. There was a brief spike in popularity for women musicians in the late 90s with the Lilith Fair crew, but today the scene for me is bleak. Maybe it’s that generation gap, again. So I asked my kid to name for me three contemporary women rockers. Here’s her list: Amy Lee, Avril Lavigne (which she says with a cringe), Hayley Williams (Paramore).
2. Although I had a myspace and facebook account for a while, this week I’ve been tweaking them and actually using them. They seem good platforms for storing MP3s and of my lectures and videos of student speeches in case blackboard doesn’t let me do this. A friend calls facebook “facecrack.” I haven’t been as addicted to it as all that yet, but perhaps I will be. Another friend sent me a link to an article by danah boyd that discusses the class differences between myspace and facebook.