Today’s session was quite interesting in a number of ways and because of a number of things that came up. I will write down some thoughts I had while watching the video and discussing the whole thing in class.
First of all, to come out of the closet on my age, I’m over 30 and I do trust people under 30 (or else I wouldn’t teach with Anna). I guess, after all it’s not an age thing, because I can waste an evening on the web as easily as anyone under 30. But still,…
I’m a bit surprised that you did not react more viciously to Mark Bauerlein’s accusations. But maybe this is because you are not exactly the focus group he has in mind. This was reflected by some of you who said that “when we were younger, we had the TV to distract us, now it’s the Internet.” So I guess that you see yourself more in the role of the grown-up teacher-like person. After all, you all study Lehramt and are also advanced in your studies.
Here are some suggestions if you don’t know what to write about in your blog entry for the first session:
- Check on the facts. Is there are difference between media use in the US and in Germany and/or the EU?
- What about the mentor thing he discussed? Do students need a spiritual or intellectual “leader”, who guides them through the knowledge landscape? When I studied English at the University of Siegen, there was a lecturer there, who was the type of cool ex-SF-journalist who knew Ginsburg and Ferlinghetti personally and held seminars on Bob Dylan’s lyrics. I actually learned a lot of him and came to reading a lot of North American poetry and literature, that I wouldn’t have touched if it wasn’t for him. Still, I never considered him to be a mentor or teacher in the traditional sense. What is your experience with teachers or university teaching staff?
- Let me ask this in a provocative way: What tells us that social life isn’t more important than literature or history? Can we really compare the two factors of life and thus of the Internet with each other?
So how does all this really relate to the topic of our course? I guess you will find a lot of aspects to write about even in the first small bit of discussion we had.
I’m looking forward to reading your entries.