Blog #7. Looking forward. Looking back.

rabbit-retreatingAs the semester draws to a close, this seems like a fitting time for one final blog assignment. In a short (3-4 paragraph) blog posting, please address the following topics:

  • What course-related themes/topics would you like us to discuss further during the final course period?
  • What was your favorite reading of the semester? Why?
  • What was your least favorite reading of the semester? Why?
  • Revisit that least favorite reading and refresh your memory by quickly skimming the pages. Can you locate at least one idea, passage, or extended argument that you found to be somewhat interesting or useful? Please elaborate.
  • What are your plans for next semester and beyond? What types of courses are you taking? Will you study abroad? Are you graduating?
  • As you know, COMM 2302 explores a different theme every semester. Previous topics have included metafiction, apocalypse, contagion, transhumanism and Campbell’s heroic journey. Some possible topics for next semester include: teenage identity (Comic: Runaways or Black Hole, Movie: Breakfast Club or Perks of Being a Wallflower),  doubles (Comic: Manhattan Project, Movie: Vertigo), infiltration (Comic: Sleeper, Movie: Infernal Affairs) and puzzles (Comic: New York Trilogy, Movie: Mulholland Drive). Since there are two sections, I have also been considering topics that are antonyms of each other. For example, one class might consider heroes (Comic: All Star Superman, Movie: Casablanca) and the other section would consider villains (Comic: Irredeemable, Movie: The Third Man). Or one class might organize around the theme of fantasy (Comic: Thor the Mighty Avenger or Fables, Movie: Princess Bride) and one class might organize around the theme of space opera (Comic: Saga, Movie: Fifth Element or Serenity).
  • Which of these topics do you think would be most interesting from the student perspective? Can you think of any other themes that might work well with this class? Also, do you think students would be upset if the other section had a different theme? For example, if someone wanted to be in the “heroes” section but ended up in the “villains” section? The alternative is to just use the same theme for both sections.

That’s all there is to it. Please be sure to also include at least one relevant image. This image might connect to ideas in your blog posting, or it might be a single image that crystallizes key themes in this course. This blog posting is due no later than 7:00 a.m. on Monday, December 9.


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