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I’m looking forward to some adventures and improvements in 2008, but I’m not going to talk about them now, because—as Bruce Cockburn sings—”Anything can happen…” Although I am fairly sure that I’ll be teaching Comp 2 (Intro. to Lit), British lit. survey 1 (Anglo-Saxon to 18th c.), and another course, which I hope will be the scheduled “Postcolonial Literature.”

Instead, some other interesting developments that don’t depend on me:

I’ve been following with intermittent interest the plans to change all US broadcast television from analog to digital in 2009. According to this story, the government will issue coupons to defray the cost of converter boxes for TVs that receive programs via antenna. It seems like the least they can do, although the article reports that only 13% of the US population are believed to rely solely on antenna reception these days. But what really caught my eye was

The Association for Public Television Stations reported in September that 51 percent of participants surveyed were unaware that the transition was taking place.

That statistic would seem to include many of my first-year students, who generally expressed shock and disbelief when I suggested the change to DTV as a research topic last semester. I don’t know if this indicates that (a) most of them don’t watch TV, (b) most of them have cable or satellite reception, or (c) most of them don’t watch or read news.

So, never mind TV, what about books? Everybody’s Libraries has an interesting discussion of copyright and works entering the public domain around the world. Apparently Dorothy L. Sayers‘s work (among others) is now in the public domain in some countries (December 17, 2007, marked the 50th anniversary of her death)…let us hope they treat her right.

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