I just finished an academic paper on YouTube and the 2008 election. The past month I've been watching hours and hours of YouTube videos. Let me just say God, help us all.
There was much of value in those videos. With YouTube, we were able to go back and watch key moments of the debates and see commentary on the news channels that we might have missed the first time. But there was also a whole lot of merd. And the merd attracted the most viewers. I need to digest things more in my head and maybe I'll post some of my finding on the blog. Maybe I'll turn it into a mainstream piece. We'll see.
I finished the paper during commercial breaks of Lost last night. And then, without any break, classes started today. I'm teaching Introduction to Political Theory and Politics/Media this semester. Both classes are mostly prepped and ready to go. Politics and Media changes every semester, but I've got the boiler plate lectures down, so it should be a breeze. I assign a blog project in that class, instead of a research paper. I've got the kinks out of the project, so if people are interested, I can post the assignment and grading rubric.
I've been reading a lot of blogs this past week, but haven't had a chance to do much linking. There has been some good stuff. A flurry of blog posts is about to happen.