Post by Chris Fauske
There is so much learning going on it’s hard to keep up with the students in our introductory class. I’m teaching two sections and it’s been exciting joining in the journey through Paul Starr’s The Creation of the Media and Asa Briggs and Peter Burke’s A Social History of the Media, stopping along the way at such questions as whether we are bowling alone or are lost in the filter bubble, and whether either of those concepts can be true if Tim Wu is right with his idea about the Master Switch (interesting that he links to Amazon for his book, perhaps he’s trying to demonstrate that he’s right). We’ve been reading the Media section of each Monday’s New York Times and listening in to “On the Media.”
With the semester coming to an end, this was not, perhaps, the time to head out to Vancouver last week to participate in a fascinating conversation about the days when science, religion, and literature often played nicely together, even if not so cordial to other representatives of their own field.
And it certainly might be foolish to then return to the same city just for a run. But that’s what I’m doing. There’s an exam on Friday afternoon, so I’ll be on the Saturday flight out of Boston to Sea-Tac, and then I’ll be red-eying it back on Sunday to get to class in time for an 8:00 am Monday exam. Don’t be late if you’re supposed to be there.