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25 August 2009 @ 09:40 pm
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?
i will write in words of fire: [study] falling asleepposhlil on August 26th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
I love that your grad programs have actual classes. I think part of the biggest problem with my honours year is that it's been largely self-directed study and i have no one to really bounce ideas off. The class sounds awesome, and i shall keep my fingers crossed that you do indeed get in. :) *sends love*

I do hope you aren't sick too. Not good.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on August 27th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
*hugs you* *hugs you again because i can*

and i hear you because the place i came from didn't have any postmodernists, so i've been in a weird place where i was the person who knew (and liked) what they stood for (and i hadn't studied it in years *gah*

i wish i could bundle you up and bring you over here so we could take classes together - any chance you can do an exchange for a year???
i will write in words of fireposhlil on August 27th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
*hugs you right back*

Ugh, that would suck. I wish you could bundle me up too, though i've no clue what my program would be like over there. I know Cincinatti has a massive AHIS program but none of the others seem to spring to mind. Everyone goes to the Oxbridge unis. I shall look into it though!
cordelianne: Xander Librarycordelianne on August 26th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yay!! That's so wonderful that you're enjoying being a grad student - that is a very good thing!! I hope that your head feels better!

my monkied brainkatekat1010 on August 27th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
:D it is indeed!! and also the reason why i kind of signed up for all this unrelenting studying, you know? it does actually pay off, and not just in the long-term.

And thanks darling - sadly all of southern california is burning, so it's kind of even worse today, but oh well. i'm acclimating!