my monkied brain (katekat1010) wrote,
my monkied brain

not to sound all valley or anything, but DUDE CLASS ROCKS.

Japanese is great, don't get me wrong, but I love love love love being a frigging graduate student.  Learning grammar and kanji is a means to an end.

This afternoon was not that.  It was a class I'm hoping to get into, taught by the guy who does most of the fan-culture stuff in the US. And although the class is actually on new media in the classroom (which is a little off topic for the things I'd really like to talk bout, which is more new textual production, the spread of texts across platform, and fandom), we did actually get into really interesting stuff (of course none of it is stuff I can remember exactly at the moment - I really have to get better about that).

Basically he started us off with some vids produced by students, educators and places like PBS talking about new media (ie: technology from blogs to facebook to video cameras to legos) and asked us to respond/discuss what seemed to shape the discourse of each piece.

GAH SO MUCH FUN.  Give me a text and a conversation to analyze it in!

Bonus was that I sat next to a 3rd year phd psych student who was absolutely hilarously awesome (and who had taken the prof's classes before, so knew the drill and the discourse) and who befriended me as we stepped out of class.

Here's hoping tomorrow can measure up.  OH, and that I can actually get into that class - apparently my school limits the number of grad students per class to less than 18 (which I suppose makes sense, but ... i want to be there damnit!)

now however, i'm a little bit head clogged, so hopefully i'm not getting sick with something. gah.  i don't like this feeling ookie a couple of days every couple of days.  smog, is that you trying to tell me something?
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