Inspiration from Nietzsche, of all people

I’m not a fan of Nietzsche and his rather blue outlook on life. But a friend had recently posted this on his FB wall. Pretty gorgeous thought:

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Very cool, very cool.

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Your calling

hopeful drive

“To find your calling is a gift. A purpose provides the drive to pursue excellence along with an unwavering belief that your work is of value. When you can take this resolve and turn it into a vocation you achieve a rare and extraordinary feat.”

by Susan Carr, The Art & Business of Photography

I was really glad to come across this on the web this week. It was a good reminder to think about work and other stuff of life that is “of value”.

We spend so much time doing so many things: how much of them are of real value, the kind that will matter next week, next year, the next decade?

It was both a wake-up call and a spur.

Media Studies 2.0

I thought about my son’s media world compared to my own at his age…….. Between my childhood media world and my son’s there is a chasm.

My son’s world is also my student’s world. I realised this a few years ago when a student came to see me about their essay and handed me a USB memory stick – the first I’d ever seen. I didn’t know what to do with it so I held it up to the light and joked about the weak introduction and poor referencing. It brought home the absurdity of being a media studies lecturer when your students know more about media than you do. We know the discipline and the texts, ideas and arguments but our students surpass us in their knowledge, use and navigation of the contemporary media world: they are at home in it; we’re always playing catch-up. We can always rest on our knowledge and publications but their value is questionable if they no longer relate to our student’s world.

Excellent post about the changing nature of media studies for the ever-changing media landscape.

“Books are the carriers of civilization”

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

Barbara W. Tuchman, historian & author, 1912 -1989

Is this still true? It WAS true, certainly, and there is NO substituting the power of the book, but WILL it remain true in an age of digital media?

In the Present. Demand Delays

While our culture of technology preaches the gospel of “constant connectivity” with the fervor of a televangelist, there are a growing number of us who have realized that salvation is found the seemingly heretical choice to occasionally be out of the loop, uninformed and essentially delayed in our awareness of the electronically available “now”.

A number of times since I’ve started my course in September, I’ve thought about the value of unplugging. Stumbled across another’s utterance along the same vein, expressed well.

“Ethnicity is not important”

“Simon says it’s best not to invest too much of one’s identity in ethnicity.”

I am an avid listener of NPR and think that they are the best source of news, most of the time but this story was just… just… so… biased and bad.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129301982

As some of the commenters already pointed out, this story breaks the #1 rule of journalism, that the journalist be objective and have no bias. I guess journalism gets meshed with a bunch of other kinds of writing nowadays and this isn’t the biggest problem I have with this article but… ANYWAY.

That quote up there. That pressed a button. My first thought, who the hells is HE to tell ME that it’s not best to invest too much of my identity in ethnicity. DUDE. Being Korean is one of the most important things for my identity. When asked to draw a picture of “me” in a high school art class, I drew a big picture of the Korean flag as a part of the collage. Being Korean isn’t THE most important part of my identity but it’s certainly more important than a bunch of other things and I certainly do invest a lot of my identity, time, energy, and money into being Korean.