Thursday, September 3, 2009

You love it

Okay, a few things I wanted to share:

1) This article talks about the sexualization of teen girls. As you know from some of my previous posts on this blog, I'm highly interested in this topic, as a woman, a human, and a marketer. The article also offers a link to the Ms. "No Comment" feature, where you can submit ads that are offensive.

2) As the world becomes more tech-savvy and books are replaced by blogs, I would posit that there's even more of a challenge than there has historically been in getting kids interested in reading. Some schools are trying a new approach - letting kids read whatever they want. I think this is a great idea, but I tend to think schools should offer both. Maybe some books are assigned to be read by the whole class (I think this helps teach kids HOW to read "literature," especially some of the older classics, and also helps get through to them regarding themes, etc.), and some books can be chosen by the students individually to get them excited about reading. It's so so important. What say you?

3)I shamelessly swiped the below quote by David Foster Wallace from my former professor's blog. (He was an excellent grammar teacher and I have him to thank for my [borderline socially unacceptable] obsession.) I think if I ever become a communications professor, which I really want to do, this is exactly how I will be. I already was like this as a TA in grad school. Thanks, PJV.

"I teach college English part-time. Mostly Lit, not Composition. But I am so pathologically obsessed with usage that every semester the same thing happens: once I've had to read my students' first set of papers, we immediately abandon the regular Lit syllabus and have a three-week Emergency Remedial Usage and Grammar Unit, during which my demeanor is basically that of somebody teaching HIV prevention to intravenous-drug users. When it emerges (as it does, every term) that 95 percent of these intelligent upscale college students have never been taught, e.g., what a clause is or why a misplaced only can make a sentence confusing or why you don't just automatically stick in a comma after a long noun phrase, I all but pound my head on the blackboard; I get angry and self-righteous; I tell them they should sue their hometown school boards, and mean it. The kids end up scared, both of me and for me. Every August I vow silently to chill about usage this year, and then by Labor Day there's foam on my chin. I can't seem to help it. The truth is that I'm not even an especially good or dedicated teacher; I don't have this kind of fervor in class about anything else, and I know it's not a very productive fervor, nor a healthy one—it's got elements of fanaticism and rage to it, plus a snobbishness that I know I'd be mortified to display about anything else."
— David Foster Wallace, footnote 6 from "Authority and American Usage"

4) The following three pictures made me laugh. Enjoy:

The explanation of this picture was "Do you realize how many vacation photos I have ruined by jumping in front of the camera of complete strangers?" (from Fuck You Penguin):

The headline to this was one "I can't tell if you're doing that ironically" (from Fuck You Penguin):

(from NatalieDee):

1 comment:

David Press said...

yeah, i love DFW's essays. I strongly recommend that book, its called Consider the Lobster.