Apt. 11D
Once Upon A Blog . . .
My Autistic Life
The Yellow House


the identity of the blogger

how long the blog has been running
whether it's still running or not

how often the blogger seems to post

the apparent average length of each post
get a sense of the categories used in tagging

blog roll


a few elements of style
register, level of formality, and the uses of figures
Mckenna has a fairly formal register. While she wries about policitcs, she is liberal, though polite, at least in terms of what we are used to in this country. She has a very academic tone, and seems to be writing for an educated and academic audience. Her use of allusion to very current events as they are happening indicates she expects her audience to already be aware of and following those same events. She also uses terminology, such as 'meta' in a very causal, and sometimes humorous way. This indicates she undersatnds her audience to be highly educated and involved in academia to some degree.

use of embedded media: its presence, occasions, and kinds

General Notes on Blog Appearance
The top banner image of the blog is of a sign that reads "Parking for all Whale Watchers: Provincetown Whale Watchers" against what appears to be a seaside skyline (weathered posts, silboat masts). This seems incongrous with the content of the blog. In a greyish-black text box overlay is the title of her blog: 'Apt. 11D LEAVE SAVING THE WORLD TO MEN? I DON'T THINK SO. The blog has the posts going in chronological order from most recent to least recent along the left han side of the page, and the blog roll and various links/ads listed above* to the right. There is a heavy preponderance of photographs, videos, images, and links along with the text. No background graphic/ design -- just the top banner image.


Apt. 11D is a lenghty, long-lived blog written by Laura Mckenna, a former political science professor living on the east coast. She is currently a writer that has written pieces for different journals, including The Atlantic and GOOD. In her own words, "This blog is an idea incubator" and further, that "A lively discussion on this blog might become a more polished article the next day. She usually posts several times per day, usually about current news relating to politics, public policy, and media issues. She also frequently writes about issues facing higher education and autism policy debates and special education. She has a bit of self-described randomness to her posts, as she also includes posts about art, home renovation, and her family. By far, though, her most frequent topics are politics and culture. She has been blogging since 2003, an given her propensity to blog multiple times during the day, the number of posts in this blog is huge. There is a top banner image of a sign that appears to be at the seashore, mostly in blues and greys. The posts run in chronological order down the left side of the page, and along the right side of the page runs a column of links to recent comments, an ad and link for BlogHer, a blog roll with four different sub-categories, an ad and link for Amazon, and a column of links to her published articles.

The largest sphericule that has formed around this blog involves people concerned with politics and public policy. This sphericule is further sub-divided into feminists, individuals concerned with higher education concerns, and those interested national politics in general. Because of her posts about her son with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the issues surrounding the debate over services and research (not) provided for this population, Apt. 11D has also formed a sphericule of parents and other advocates concerned with these issues and looking for support. In this area, her posts are as personal as they are topic-based.

Her style is very academic. She uses links extensively, as well as allusions to political and cultural events. She uses the vocabulary of academics and special education, without providing much in the way of definition. She seems to be assuming her audience knows this terminology and is familiar with these topical events. She also uses sarcasm and irony quite often and, much less often, profanity. This seems to be fairly common in feminist and political blogs. These choices are more muted here than in other blogs of this type.


link to (frequency out of 50 posts: Settling In, October 29, 2012 to An Interview with NPR, October 17, 2012)

external blogsdifferent postwebsitemainstream mediasocial network*academic journal

link text
URLtitlenamesample text (quote)deictic phraseincorporating linked text into her own
02507 36

what is the link doing?
more informationevidencecreditlead to actionsolve a puzzleirony/wit/something different than literal meaning
27 5 9 2 4 3

*The tumblr links appear to link just to that tumblr site, not to the particular post she is referring to . . . or it could be because these are back-up sites (courtesy of sandy)???
Yup, it was Sandy. Tumblr is back -- links are to the specific post

Nearly half of her links are links to New York Times articles. The majority of the links in general are being used to either provide more information, provide supporting evidence, or give credit to other writers. The vast majority of her recent posts are commentary on current politic events. Most of her links are being used to further explain her commentary, or what she is writing about. It is the background information the audience needs to understand the post. In a sense, this use of links is much like footnotes in an academic article. The others links not used in this way are linking to something she finds interesting in a visually artistic way. Rarely are the links being used in a witty way. Her language choices can be quite biting, but the link itself is not an example of wit. This way of using links is a way of widening her sphericule -- it's not just for the 'internet assholes' to understand the conversation she is jumping into.

Use of Figure
Flout of quality
Flout of quantity -- possibly this post's link. A bit of sarcasm and not the usual explanation . . .
Flout of relation
Flout of manner:

She does not seem to be using a lot of flouts. Her prose is rather conventional, for a blog.

Going back to Myers . . .


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