Free Writing on Essay #1

Personal story about reading, composing, or teaching reading and composing.  My experiences.  Reading, music.  Writing, online, school, personal.  Sad, happy, poignant, funny, informative, incidental.  Powerful memories.  Learning to draw.  Participating in art blogging.  Connecting with contemporary artists online.  Learning about art as a dialogue.  Finding new ways to add my voice to contemporary culture.  Participating in cultural discussions about art, politics, and society.  Learning about new cultures and subcultures through online humor pages.  Philosophy memes.  Developing an interest in postmodern philosophy through online philosophy humor.  Developing interest in complex political thought through online humor.  Finding how even political humor bloggers have complex and varied beliefs.  Watching and participating in political dialogue.  Having my beliefs challenged through online dialogue, and reforming and revising my philosophical and political opinions as a result.  Next: using the things I learn online to implement real-life societal change.  Learning to play guitar,  “un”-learning to play guitar.   Watching YouTube videos of Angela Davis.  Administrating contemporary humor blogs.

  • A narrative about how I developed an interest in contemporary culture, politics, and philosophy through the language of online humor.
  • As a young person in the early 2000s, I learned about my interests online.
    • Developed internet-literacy at a young page
    • For young people, much of whose personal lives and professional lives play out online, internet-literacy involves far more than just being able to work a computer and operate a browser.
  • My understanding of online “etiquette,” or lack thereof, primed me to understand far more than captioned images about funny cartoon characters.  The format of internet humor carried on to much more complicated topics in my young adult life.
  • List some well-known humor pages on Facebook/Instagram.  Pages that most young people would know.  Verbally describe one of the popular humorous captioned images (“memes”) verbally, in detail.
    • This familiar format seems to carry over into every culture and subculture that exists within the internet.
  • Now name a humor page directed at people with philosophy degrees.  Describe one of the memes in a similarly detailed way as before.  Without having read the philosopher that this meme references, you probably wouldn’t get the joke (something about Foucault).  But because of my literacy in the world of internet memes, I understand the general meaning of what’s being said, even without being a Philosophy P.h.D


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