Welcome! I am Jason Nguyen, a graduate student in ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington, and this blog is where I make observations about music, culture, and academic life.

New Bibliographies section

It’s super rough, but I wanted to add a section of suggested readings for various topics. Right now, it’s just a few suggested readings on semiotics, but I’ll add more as I feel the need to organize my readings.


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Essential WordPress Plugins / Themes

Whenever I put together a new WordPress blog, or clean up a pre-existing one, there are a number of plugins that I always make sure are added or which I make sure to keep following the purge. This is the list, as much for my own records as it is for any passerby looking for a second opinion.

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Discursive and Material Effects of a Movement: OWS as a case study


Sometimes, I get really annoyed when people say a movement like “Occupy Wall Street” doesn’t have a purpose or its just the anarchic activities of a bunch of ne’er-do-wells. Perhaps it is those things, but that doesn’t mean that it has no political effect.

So, the point of this post is not to take a stand on the movement either way, but to articulate in clear terms, with supporting evidence, that a movement without an easily perceptible agenda can have both discursive and material effects on political activity in a nation.

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