JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "Strength, Courage & Wisdom" by India Arie; "I Just Want to Celebrate" by Rare Earth]
Long before we met, and long after you've passed the AP exam and gone on to greater things, literature has always been and will always be an act of self-expression. Literature is the human record of how we create stories for ourselves and others. And, as we've discussed, literature also serves as an artifact of how individual authors observed, critiqued and were influenced by the times and cultures in which they lived. As Marshal McLuhan (the non-Eminem Marshal with whom Roy Christopher identifies) famously observed, "The medium is the message." As we've also discussed, we'd probably get to know Hamlet in a completely different way if he maintained a blog or posted pics to flickr. Explain how using technology to research/create/share content online can amplify your best quality and more effectively tell your story. If you don't see a difference between telling your story in online media versus telling it with pen and paper, explain that too.
2. "We Are the Network" lecture (cont'd.)
3. Special Event (periods 3 & 4): speaker Roy Christopher
1. Reflect on your notes from Roy's talk, then post a finished outline version of the highlights to your blog and invite at least five other people (including me) via email to read them.
2. Comment to this post with the single most important idea you took away from Roy's talk.