Today I noticed some web traffic coming from a mysteriously named WordPress site I had never heard of. Since I’m curious by nature, I clicked on the link and came across the course description of a class on social information infrastructure at the department of computer science and information of the University of Hawaii.
And what do I spot on the reading list for the first session, sandwiched between what seem to be articles from scholarly tomes on internet studies? A link to my post about the bacon cat law of internet popularity.
This is the first time – to my knowledge at least – that a piece of mine has ever ended up on a list of assigned reading for a college course. Though I once came across a citation of my Edgar Wallace article in a scholarly paper – and promptly lost the link.
Of course, it would be nice to end up on a list of assigned class reading on a subject I actually specialize in, since I’m not a social media expert but a literary scholar and occasional linguist. But that’s the bacon cat law in action for you.