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Posted on Tuesday 5 February 2013 at 10:21 am

People Demanding Their Rights: Past or Present?


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I'm trying to get back into a groove of working on my dissertation like it is a regular job: 9 to 5 Monday to Friday kind of thing. I get way more done and am generally happier with my life when I do that. The problem is that there isn't anything to actually force me to get to the library on time and stay 'til quitting time everyday and there is nothing to force me to actually work when I am in my little office. I need a punch time clock and a boss, I guess. I'm actually pretty good about arriving on time. I almost always leave a little early, but I can live with that. The big problem is that I get distracted by the "Ooooo Shiny!" things all over the internet.

Today's distraction: the UK debate on gay marriage. I'm working on a PhD in colonial American history, true, but my thematic interest, which is more important to me than chronology or geography, is political culture, especially protest movements: things like revolutions, rebellions, uprisings, and everything that doesn't get that violent but is about "the people" standing up and demanding something, typically something somehow defined as rights, from their government and society. I live for this kind of stuff. How could I not be distracted by people fighting for their right to have their love publicly and legally recognized?
guilty
Feeling: guilty
Exploring: Office at the Library
Listening: Herman's Hermits - Sunshine Girl

Comments:

sunshine304
sunshine304 at 6:27 pm on 05 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I've also started working on my thesis again and wow, do I hear you about distractions. You also found a very interesting (and even kind of fitting) distraction. :)

I also work much better when I have a set time/date at which I have to be done. Otherwise I do anything but what I should be doing. *sigh*

We often do get that topic over here as well, gay marriage and adoption, and I always just sit there and think, "Where is the problem! Let people marry whom they want - they don't love their partner less because it's a same-sex relationship. And I'm very sure a same-sex couple would be even better at the whole parenting thing, because they really really wanted that child."
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 11:10 pm on 05 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Deadlines would be lovely. I haven't had one in years and that's probably part of the reason it is taking me years. *sigh*

Let people marry whom they want - they don't love their partner less because it's a same-sex relationship.
Yeppers!
eanor
eanor at 8:49 pm on 05 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but today's distraction does sound at least kind of relevant to your thesis (if you see it in the context of political (?) protest movements)! (Also, your thesis sounds awesome!)

But yeah, tell me about being distracted by the internet... Happens to me all the time. If someone finds a good way to stop getting distracted so much, please let me know! :-)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 11:13 pm on 05 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I can pretend like it is relevant to my dissertation, but I can make almost anything into political protest if I squint at it just right ;)

I use a Firefox browser extension called Leechblock to help with the regular distractions. It will only let me access sites that I've told it, like LJ and Facebook, for 30 minutes out of every 3 hours of my "work day" after which it shuts them down. That helps a lot, but not when I get going on something not on one of my usual distraction sites like I did today.


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