Deliver it to supervisors tomorrow.

In this dissertation, I set out to investigate the enthusiasm, scenes and cultural industry of contemporary modified-car culture in Australia. The purpose of this study is to ascertain the character and function of ‘enthusiasm’ in the scenes of modified-car culture. The dissertation is based on fieldwork research with an online-based car club – where I participated as an ‘enthusiast’ – and archival research of the last 34 years of enthusiast magazines and other texts. It offers a new critical investigation of enthusiasm in popular culture that has not to date been investigated in this way. This research examines the way enthusiasm is an event of affective relations that exists on transversal scales from the personal to the scene and beyond. I shall argue that the dominant charismatic relation of enthusiasm is a reduction that enables the enthusiasm of a given scene to become a resource for the enthusiast cultural industry servicing that scene.

Labour and living conditions

[T]he political class is “blithely yakking about ‘rising expectations,’ while millions of people’s hopes are plummeting at speed.” Now this is truly an example of division and special interests workers should pay attention to.

For those wondering about the possible effect of Workchoices in Australia, over on Dollars & Sense, Larry Peterson has a blog post on some recent labour conflicts and issues in France and Britain.

If you can read this, then you are too close

Intro is done!

So now I have a problem in that the diss is too long. Haven’t included the conclusion and it is over 91,000 words or with the eight pages of references it is over 94,000. Lucky I didn’t go for the 9 chapter structure, lol… See what my supervisors say (hopefully not, ‘not reading it, too long’ lol… ::cry::). A lot are quotes from magazines for the history work, some chapters would have about 20% of volume from quoted archival sources.

Anyway, pfffft, not enough 400 page dissertations anymore.


i want to…
…finish you like a dissertation.

Ok, so the last chapter is done, only the intro, conclusion, and appendix needs to be finished.

I didn’t get as much as I would’ve liked about my online activities in there, but it should be sufficient. It is not a work of online ethnography anyway.

Currently at 86,547 words and 345 pages. 151 references, 19 from Deleuze, lol. but I am not sure if I include magazines? Hmmm… I think I need some help with formatting.

Wow! created a table of contents. Over the fold!

Continue reading “closer”


I am very close to finishing now.

The final chapter is about 11,000 words and needs to be edited down. I have about 1000 words of lit review of online scene-based sociality that I am yet to include, too. A few more sleepless nights coming up. I am tired, but I am modulating my anxiety-induced depression rather well.

I feel a bit like Pinky and the Brain.