I just posted this on Twitter:

If you know me, you are probably saying to yourself: “He’s of a *certain* age, what the hell is he thinking?”

Good question.

My not-so-good answer is simple: I’m interested in exploring the future of literacy (i.e. post-literacy) in a more formal, structured, and research-based way. A PhD program, and all the aspects around it, will give me that opportunity.

And, frankly, it’s an adventure. Who doesn’t want that?!

I’m not kidding myself. A PhD is going to be a huge challenge for me. I’m going to have to up my game to stay with it. But I’m very excited and hugely motivated by all those I consulted about making this decision. Thanks to you all.

So, follow my progress, or lack thereof. I’ll likely post, tweet, write, talk, and generally bore you to no end about it all. Sorry. Kinda.


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2 Responses to PhD

  1. Cort Egan says:

    Michael – you have always been and continue to be a source of inspiration and encouragement to everyone who is lucky enough to move in your orbit. I look forward to following your progress and continuing to learn from and be amazed by you. When life stops being interesting and worth exploring with enthusiasm and commitment, that’s when we need to ask the question ‘why’.
    Good luck on this next chapter.

  2. Christine Brown says:

    Congratulations on your decision. I wish you all the best. I think your topic is going to prove quite interesting.


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