Digital Campus #23 – Happy Birthday

It’s hard to believe we’ve completed our first year of podcasting over at Digital Campus. One of our strongly held beliefs at the Center for History and New Media is that new media requires practice as much as, if not more than, theory, and that has certainly been the case with the podcast. Tom, Mills, and I have learned a lot over the last year—not just technical knowledge about how to put together an audio file, but also a great deal about the nature of podcasting, its advantages and disadvantages, and how it might fit into the academy. If you listen to DC #1 vs. DC #23, I hope you’ll agree that we’ve improved a bit along the way. The podcast has also been a great deal of fun, giving me the chance to think aloud and have an enjoyable conversation with two friends and colleagues as well as occasional guests.

On this anniversary edition of the podcast we ponder what we’ve done right and what we’ve done wrong, and ask for our audience’s help in contributing suggestions and critiques. You can add your thoughts in the comments for the episode, or email us at

Thanks for listening over the last year, and I hope you join us over the next year and beyond as we continue to discuss how digital media and technology are affecting learning, teaching, and scholarship at colleges, universities, libraries, and museums. [Subscribe to the Digital Campus podcast.]

2 replies on “Digital Campus #23 – Happy Birthday”

Hi Dan,

Just listen to the Birthday Episode of Digital Campus. I was really interested in your discussion of Though I agree that this sort of social networking site is likely a trend and will fail to attract repeat users if the gossip listed isn’t “juicy” enough, but Brown has had a similar website for years that is hugely popular. While The Brown Dailyjolt is not strictly a gossip site (it does announce on and off campus events and post dining hall menus), it is used primarily for posting secrets, asking questions, and ranting about professors within the wide array of forums while remaining anonymous (although many of us eventually figured out who the most popular personas were). Many professors have been known to scope and troll the Jolt and some even post responses to their students jeers ala Professors, Strike Back! I actually wrote a pretty lengthy article for the Arts and Leisure segment of the Brown Daily Herald which attempts to uncover why students and professors were so drawn to the Jolt (

Maybe JuicyCampus will be received with the same loyalty and fervor that the Brown Dailyjolt maintains.


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