This class has been enjoyable. I feel like we have covered a lot and that I have learned a variety of things in the process. I liked when we talked about memes and internet videos that spread fast. I think it would be interesting to talk about the Dean Tuttle meme explosion from last week. My favorite reading we did was the one by Kaufman about food porn. While I found the different perspectives in the article very interesting, I also liked the discussion that followed during the next class. I thought the opinions of my classmates made it even more intriguing and gave me different thoughts that I had never considered.
My least favorite reading was the one by Andrew Gordon about Star Wars. The reason that it was my least favorite was because I have never seen Star Wars (please don’t judge me; my boyfriend will make me watch it soon I am sure). Given this unfortunate circumstance, I had no idea what the author was talking about it. I did not feel like I learned anything from the article; it actually made me more confused than I already was. I would suggest that people who take this class be pretty literate in action movies. I found I was often unsure of connections that were made because I had not seen the movies discussed in readings or in class. Even though I did not like the reading, I thought the idea of it was interesting and applicable. The thought that while, we know that these worlds are not real, they still give us hope about the future is something that I think is relevant to our class and to society as a whole.
Next semester, I will be taking mostly elementary education and sociology classes, working at my major. I hope to study abroad in Australia in the fall of 2014. After that, I want to graduate in May of 2016 with a degree in sociology, and then continue onto Trinity’s MAT program to get the Masters in Elementary Education.
Out of the suggested themes, my favorite is teenage identity. I think that is very relateable to the life of any student that may be taking the class and that always make things for interesting for me. I also think that doing contrasting themes could be interesting. I don’t think that students would really care about the theme of the other class, it would still be interesting and comparing them would vary the class a bit. I like the heroes and villains idea. It just seems like it could be really fun to me. I also think contagion would be intriguing, although you have already done it.