Thursday, November 02, 2006

Input!

I'm not sure I'll get any answers, but what would you like to discuss on Nov. 6? I have big plans for Nov. 13, but I'm kind of open to paths you might like to follow right now. Humor and rhetoric are temporarily on the plate, but I really could adapt if somebody wanted to go somewhere else. Don't be afraid to share. It's very bloggish to do so. Tell me what you think we should read and discuss this week.

13 comments:

joeydee said...

I thought the elections were kind of on the agenda, unless that is the topic for the following week.

Kirsten said...

I thought we were doing the elections when Spazeboy comes to our class?

dsterner said...

I've made my suggestions here:

http://ramblingsforclass.blogspot.com/

lednik said...

Dan's suggestion intrigues me because fan blogs are so big, though I don't know if I know enough about anime to even know what I was looking at.

brenda said...

I put a couple of suggestions on my site: http://harthist.blogspot.com/
for possible consideration.

Chris A said...

I think you should discuss that crazy article in the Sunday NYT about rogue elephants and the new elephant revolution against humans.

Oh, BTW, I won't be in class on Monday. I'll be in Portland, OR.

Sara said...

I really like the fan blogs idea, too. And Brenda's suggestion about global voices/blogs seems interesting.

joeydee said...

I don't know if it's enough to make a class about, but what about the blog as a self-promotional tool? Earlier this year I was going through the literary agent section of the Novel & Short Story Writers Market, and I came across a few agents who wrote that they routinely search for new talent on the web, presumably through blogs. One of the bloggers from Colin's first class said he was contacted by such an agent. Of course, it doesn't have to necessarily be free-lance writing, I suppose poetry, photography, filmmaking blogs, etc. could all be launching pads for artists who use blogging like the lottery to "hit it big" with some unseen talent scout force perusing the internet. Does it happen? We have many talented writers in our own class, have any of them received any feedback of that nature? Or is it just that when one establishes her own personal readership like firedoglake then the advertisers and the agents flock to a new market like flies on, well, you know. Maybe Colin the Writer could share some insight on this topic. Just a thought.

OK, I'll go eat my english muffin now.

jim said...

I'd like to discuss some of Brenda's sites on blogger ethics, language, etc. I would also like to discuss the visual aspects of a blog and what is it that makes one work and one fail. I'm convinced that visual and physical structure is key to a blogs success. I would love to discuss this with a marketing professional.

Sara said...

Jim's idea of discussing the visual aspect of blogs sounds great, too.

Aldon Hynes said...

Why not tie journalism, humor, blogs, and anything else you can think of, together with a Technorati search on Borat?

christopher said...

I think Humor's a good class topic. I know I spend half of my internet time on Something Awful and The Onion.

destiny's friend said...

I like Christopher's suggestion and would like to discuss blogging and humor in class. Also, if we could begin to discuss if there is any change to the content/framing of the political blogs as we approach election day.