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Subject:New Role Models in the Online Realm
Time:01:19 pm
A friend of mine (Rachelskirts) blogged about her the coincidences of her life and the lives of some of her blogging role models. While coincidences are always fun, the thing that really grabbed my attention was this idea of having role models in the digital world.

I guess, given my research of the video game and learning and other forms of digital literacy, I shouldn't be surprised by this trend. I have made connections, deep emotional connections, with people online whom I have never met, but I have never considered looking toward these people as models for my life.

As we enter the next generation of the digital age, Web 2.0 it's been called, I think we will see an increase in this sort of thing. As people become more and more integrated with the internet, as more people continue to blog, spilling their hearts, minds, and tears on to the digital pages, there are certainly going to be a number of teenagers and children who will find someone with whom they connect and emulate that person here in the digital world, much like teenagers and children already do in the "real" world.

"Real." As I typed along, real is the word I chose to delineate between the Internet and the physical. With the increasingly personal nature of the (ironically) impersonal Internet, has the line between the traditional concept of “real” and “virtual” become blurred? The Internet is quickly becoming an online agora. Facebook, Craigslist, Ebay, MySpace, Second Life, and many others are the market and meeting places many are using, and many more are using every day. Why shouldn’t children, teenagers, and young adults find their role models and mentors in these digital forums? It’s an interesting idea, and it’s one into which I plan on looking.
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Subject:Freud may have been on to something
Time:07:30 am
So, it’s long been understood that Superbowl halftime shows suck. It’s a fact of life. My personal theory on the subject is that since the commercials are so good, the halftime show sucks to balance out the universe. You can’t have too much good in one sitting while watching TV.

Getting back to the topic at hand, I find the current Media trend of oversensationalism to be rather amusing at times, but generally, I think it’s just ridiculous. Take this AP Wire article for example. It was horrendous enough that the networks made us listen to Prince (much less Prince playing Foo Fighters!). The Media, perhaps were a bit more unhappy than the average Joe, have decided that Prince’s silhouette guitar solo was a bit to phallic for their tastes. Since when does the modern media call something too sexy? I suppose Janet’s little malfunction caused some tightening of the collective media sphincter, but come on, media! Sometimes a guitar is just a guitar.

-G4m8i7
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Subject:Mission
Time:06:29 pm
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative
This last week has been Missions Emphasis Week here at LeTourneau, and while I usually don’t pay a whole lot of attention to these things, I was struck this week. I began to, as Dr. Richard said, look at the rocks in my life to see if I need to rearrange things a bit. As it turns out, I think I do.

I’ve begun to really look at what, exactly, my mission is. For the past year or so, I’ve been working toward a degree in English, with plans to continue directly on to Graduate and PhD programs. I’m thinking now that such a plan may not be the best plan. Rather than going straight to graduate school, I think I might be better off by spending a couple of years on the mission field. I spoke with several of the missions organizations this past week about the possibility of internships and whatnot. Many of them had never been asked about internships with the mission organization publications, but they’re going to find out for me. Also, there’s the possibility of going to a mission camp and teaching English to the missionary kids for a year or two before I head to graduate school. Graduate school isn’t going to change, so taking a small academic break in the name of service and, quite honestly, experience, then where’s the harm? I can still shoot for my goal, a successful career in higher education. Higher education isn’t going to disappear, so waiting a couple of years isn’t going to harm that. In fact, the huge amount of world experience I would be able to gain would be absolutely invaluable to me as a writer.

I’m still weighing the positives and negatives, but I’m curious as to what you all, my friends think. I know it’s a couple of years off yet, but you know, I’m really digging the idea right now. I’m really feeling that it’ something that I should do, and it’s certainly something that I want to do. So, what do you think? Comments are appreciated.



-Tyler
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Time:02:45 pm
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Subject:Homeostasis and Honorable Happenings
Time:10:19 pm
Well, my medication has begun to do its work, I think. My moods seem to be leveling off somewhat. For this, I am very thankful. There’s the homeostasis.

As for honorable happenings, I’ve been given honor after honor by the staff here at school. I’ve been asked to teach courses, referred as a student aid, and greatest of all, I was approached by a professor to collaborate with him on a paper to present at a conference next spring.

I am extremely honored that I was hand-picked and approached by a faculty member. I don’t imagine that faculty often picks a second-year undergraduate student with which to work on a paper for presentation and possible publication.

This year, though difficult, has been good, and next semester is going to be great as well, as I work on a couple of papers for presentation and possible subsequent publication. I’m extremely grateful for being given the chance to start my academic career so early in the game.
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Subject:So, I'm a writer. I want people to read it.
Time:01:17 am
Current Mood:nostalgicHmmph
I turn 20 tomorrow. Yippee, I suppose. Nothing going on.

I won't force anyone to read this, but do if you would like.Collapse )</lj-cut)
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Subject:Amnesia
Time:02:37 pm
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative
It’s been five years today. Five years since I sat in Biology watching live as the second plane smashed into the World Trade Center towers. I remember thinking that it was some accident, I remember thinking that I was saddened that so many died, but I was happy the media would stop focusing on the ridiculous political scandals of the hour. I remember it all.

I remember how when I got home that day I sat. And as I sat, I remember thinking about what all of this meant. I remember reading in the paper the next day about the other planes, and I remember crying. I remember all of these things, yet on this day, I do not see remembrance. I do not see people even pausing for a moment to remember the dead.

I remember being furious. Furious that I was too young to do anything; I could not give blood; I could not travel to help. I could do nothing. But pray. Prayer is that which we must to do even still.

I’ll end with James Lybrie’s words:

Walls are closing
Anxiously
Channel surfing
Frantically

Burning City
Smoke and fire
Planes we’re certain
Faith inspired

No clues
A complete surprise
Who’ll be
Coming home tonight

Heads all turning
Towards the sky
Towers crumble
Heroes die

Who would wish this on our people
And proclaim that His will be done
Scriptures they heed have misled them
All praise their Sacrificed Sons
All praise their Sacrificed Sons

(Sacrificed Sons - Dream Theater)

If nothing else, simply remember the pain our people suffered. I remember. Do you?
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Subject:Fuck Stick(er)
Time:11:49 pm
I cut off my foot while combing my hair. Oh where is my knifebrush?

That is all.

(just trying to get a one-up on chellie :-D)
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Subject:I need more Jesus, apparently.
Time:10:33 pm
According to a dipstick in one of my classes, the cure to Depression is quite simple: more Jesus.

Now, I'm an advocate for the hope of Christ and all that, but how dare someone tell me that my faith is weak because I have problems with anxiety and depression. HOW DARE someone ignore chemical imbalances due to any number of things. HOW DARE he tell me that something with which I have struggled since I was 9 years old is a crock of shit that a "little more Jesus" will fix.

That is all.
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Subject:Creative Writing
Time:02:36 pm
For my Creative Writing class,we were to write a psalm, you know, like the ones in the Bible.

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So far, my classes are really good. Concepts of Lifetime Fitness kinda sucks, but it could be worse.
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