#9. Reflecting on the Semester

Early in January 2013, you discover this mysterious passage on your front doorstep. What could it possibly mean?

Early in January 2013, you discover this mysterious passage on your front doorstep. What could it possibly mean? (Click to enlarge.)

As the Fall 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 four topics:

#1. What are your plans for next semester and beyond? What types of courses are you taking? Will you study abroad? Assuming that the world doesn’t come to an end in December 2012, what sorts of experiences do you see on the horizon?

#2. What are at least two interesting ideas took away from the readings related to the aesthetic properties of different media (e.g. Understanding Comics, Anatomy of Film, the graphic design textbook, or the article on the persuasive characteristics of video games)?

You are a viral sensation.

You are a viral sensation. (Click image to view your video hit.)

#3. What are at least two interesting ideas you took away from the theoretical readings we covered this semester (e.g., Klosterman, Shaviro, Baudrillard, Blackmore, Rogin, Pratkanis & Aronson, Morrison)? You should feel free to vent about readings that you did not particularly enjoy, but please try to identify at least one useful idea or concept that you took away from your least favorite articles. If you cannot think of any useful ideas in your least favorite articles, you can say so without worrying that you will be penalized for expressing this viewpoint. But please revisit the least favorite article and skim it one more time before declaring that you found nothing useful in it whatsoever.

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#4. Last but not least, consider the following hypothetical scenario. You are a Trinity University student named Quinn Tulpa. You’ve finished your final paper for COMM 2302, wrapped up the Fall semester completely, and you had an excellent time celebrating the holidays with your friends and family.

One afternoon, in early January, your front doorbell rings. You open up the front door and discover a wrapped package sitting on your stoop. The return address says “Monsieur Johnny B., West Ball Road, Anaheim, CA, 92802.” Opening up the package, you discover the following items:

What is the meaning of this strange package? (Assume, for the sake of argument, that “Dr. Delwiche has lost his mind” is not a valid answer.) What sort of message is Johnny B. trying to send you? How do you fit in with all of this? What do you do next?

That’s all there is to it. As always, please be sure to include at least one relevant image. The image might connect to ideas articulated in your blog posting, or it might be a single image you think crystallizes key themes in this course. This blog posting is due no later than 7:00 am on Monday, December 3.

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