It’s been interesting…

It's been interesting seeing which entries from my blog my students mark as 'interesting'. What is interesting, anyway? I've always found it interesting that Flickr ranks photos that way, by 'interestingness' -- rather than 'goodness' or 'beauty' or something else. We'll talk about that question in class tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are some examples of what my students found interesting. I left out some of the posts I didn't find interesting. :-)

I find it interesting that they like my political writing. I rarely write about politics (though I care about it more and more each day, it seems), because doing so scares me. It seems like writing about politics requires so much time and thought to not write something stupid and possible damaging, especially in crisis situations when tempers and emotions are flying high. And there are a lot of experts talking then, of course, so it also feels like my voice isn't so important. But they liked the 9/11 posts in part just because for them, it happened when they were kids, and they know it as 'history' -- it brought it to life to see an average person's response, in the moment.

So perhaps it's worth the effort to try to say something coherent regardless.

2 thoughts on “It’s been interesting…”

  1. Here’s what boggles my mind: you write SO MUCH. Did your students seriously read your entire journal, it being one of the longest-running (THE longest-running?) out there?

    Or did I miss the part where you gave them just 10,000 words of it to pick from?

    I tease, I tease. 🙂

  2. Mary Anne Mohanraj

    Heh. I’m not that cruel — last week, I gave them 20 or so specific entries to read. For tomorrow, I just told them to browse and look for what seemed interesting. It’ll be interesting to find out how much they actually chose to read, since it was left so open-ended.

    Of course, they had other reading for tomorrow too (the “Being Poor” piece at Whatever, and its hundreds of associated comments).

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