This semester's class is over, and because the University doesn't want departments to rely on grad student lecturers over actual faculty, I'm done lecturing until I get a real job somewhere else. We had to end on a low note (postmodernism) and I think (which OleNelson and Courtney agreed with) that I gave constructivism short shrift. Maybe I'm just approaching it the wrong way, but constructivism is hard to teach without feeling like I'm overwhelming them with completely new ideas - intersubjective definitions, mutual constitution, endogenous preferences, etc. Overall, thinking about the 16 weeks of the course, I think I did more good than harm - that's in the academics' hippocratic oath I think. "First, do a marginally great amount of good than harm. Or at least make the harm less obvious."


OleNelson said...

You did a very good job, J-Bro. Huzzah!

And the only harm was selling rationalism so damn convincingly that it was difficult for me to get students to critique it in discussions.

whoami123 said...

We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

J.Bro said...

WTF, Dr. Whoami? I see the part where you praise my site, but where's the link to your spammy, spammy blog?

towwas said...

I do have a vague, wet-hands-on-a-slippery-fish grasp of postmodernism, but is now a good time to admit I have no idea what constructivism is?

towwas said...

Also, I don't understand your spam comment. Maybe the horse animation is actually right now running a program that takes over all our computers.

Spice said...

Although I personally also know little about constructivism, I think it's interesting, J.Bro, that you don't think 'audience costs' would be just as new as 'mutual constitution.' Of course, I can undermine my own argument by noting that I know what 'audience costs' are and have no clue what 'mutual constitution' is. :)