First: I have a new post up on YA for Obama, in which I discuss one of my favorite subjects: science! (Guess who’s being lame about it.)
And next: Speaking of science, below is a survey from academic Clare Snowball. She studying teens’ online activities, including you guys. This is all anonymous, by the way, so your answers won’t be used against you. They’ll only be used in the support of . . . science!
Here’s an introductory note from Clare:
I love Scott Westerfeldâ€™s books, especially Uglies, Pretties and Specials. I live in Australia so I might have to wait a bit longer for Bogus to Bubbly, but Iâ€™m looking forward to it.
Iâ€™m a librarian and thatâ€™s how I discovered his books. I used to buy them for my library and read them before anyone else. But I donâ€™t work in a library anymore; Iâ€™m doing a research project about teenagers and what they think of reading. Right now Iâ€™m writing my thesis, which is like a really long essay, 80,000 words, pretty much the size of a book.
Iâ€™ve been reading Westerblog for quite a while and when I noticed that some of you used names from Scottâ€™s books when you posted and some of you added “â€“wa” and “â€“la” to your names, I thought that was very bubbly. Because Iâ€™m researching teenagers, I wanted to find out more about all of you. Iâ€™ve set up a survey that Iâ€™d like you to answer. The survey questions will be online for four weeks, so if you donâ€™t read Westerblog every day, youâ€™ll still be able to tell me just how bubbly you are.
I want to hear from people who comment on Scottâ€™s Westerblog, people who donâ€™t comment and just read Westerblog, and those who visit every day, or only visit every so often. Diversity is what makes the world bubbly.
Iâ€™m going to write about what I find out from your answers for an article in a magazine for librarians. So I can write about you as a group, I need a name for all of you. I thought of the Bubbly Army. I wondered if you really are an army, but I thought of it because youâ€™re fighting (through non-violent action of course) to change all those non-thinking pretties of our world into thinking pretties or uglies or crumblies, and maybe even a few specials! What does everyone think of calling you the Bubbly Army? One of my questions asks this and if you donâ€™t like it, you can tell me a better title for all you bubbly readers and commenters.
Iâ€™m pretty busy writing my thesis right now, so I wonâ€™t be able to write about your answers until next year, when I finish my thesis. When I do, the article for librarians might be a bit too bogus for you guys to read—if I use the words bubbly and bogus in it, the librarians probably wonâ€™t know what Iâ€™m talking about. So Iâ€™m going to write a version for you to read. When Iâ€™ve put it online Scott will blog about it, so you can all read it, and you might even read something that you wrote when you answered my survey questions.
Happy answering from the Chief Philosopher of the Bubby Army,