For our last blog post for Monday, read the selection from Bill Mckibben’s book Deep Economy (2007) and evaluate the following questions:
What does he have to say about “more and better”? Why do you (and McKibben) think that overall reported happiness levels have gone down as our “quality of life” has gone up with more technology and more advancements? What do you think of his quote on Pg. 44 about approaching the upcoming holidays in relation to the “Laura Ingall Wilder effect”:
“A few years ago a group of us in the Methodist churches in my part of the Northast started a campaign called Hundred Dollar Holidays to persuade people to celebrate the Nativity a little differently–with homemade gifts, gifts of service and time, and so forth. When we started it, we were thinking as pious environmentalists: we could rid the world of all those batteries! But the reason the campaign worked so well was because so many people were desperate for permission to celebrate Christmas in a new way that fit better what we actually need out of the holidays. We need time with family, we need silence for reflection, we need connection with nature–all the stuff that the Ingalls family had in abundacne. We don’t need candy; we have candy every day of our lives. We just haven’t figured that out, because the momentum of the past is still with us: we still imagine we’re in the Little House on the Big Prairie, when most of us inhabit the Oversized House on the Little Cul de Sac”(44).
I hope you’re all having a great weekend. For the blog post for Monday, I’d like for you to write a response to the selection from the David Abram reading, The Spell of the Sensuous that can be found on Canvas, week 8. As we didn’t have too much time to get into the discussion on Friday, we’ll continue to focus on Abram on Monday. I was planning on having you read the short selection from Annie Dillard for Monday as well (as indicated on the syllabus) but see now that the scan of that reading never actually made it’s way onto Canvas. We can include that one for later.
For Monday, respond to Abram and think through ways that you can relate to some of his focus on the senses and on the interconnectedness between humans and the more-than-human world. Have you had an experience at all like his with the condor or with the spiders in the cave? In response to his word of warning in his preface about how we filter so much through technology now….how do you think your relationship to the sensuous world around you would change if suddenly you weren’t attached to your smart phone?
Your blog post for Monday will be about our group outing on Saturday. We’ll try to do a bit of free-writing during the outing but I’d like for you to write about your experience out on the Rappahannock while sitting quietly by the water or in a kayak, canoe, or on a SUP board. What did you observe? What were you thinking about while we were out there? What were some highlights for you?
If you are one of the students who unfortunately isn’t able to join us on Saturday, you can find a place outside, shut off your phone for 15 minutes, and do some free-writing as you observe your surroundings and then write that up as a blog post.
I’m looking forward to our outing tomorrow!
Here are the instructions for creating your blog for the class. We have a cool opportunity here at UMW that enables you to create your own domain for your four years here. Your course blog will actually be a “subdomain”. My domain is jeremylarochelleumw.com and the blog for our fsem is woundedplanetfsem18.jeremylarochelleumw.com. I would recommend that create a domain that you could have your resume and other information so that you could show it to potential employers/internship supervisors. For your course blog, you will create a subdomain similar to mine: woundedplanetfsem.(whatever your domain is).com.
Here are the instructions for signing up on Domain of One’s Own:
Signing up on Domain of One’s Own
Once you have done that, you’ll need to create your subdomain for this course. Here are the instructions to create your subdomain for the course:
Creating Subdomains and Subdirectories
Once you have created your subdomain, click on WordPress in applications. When it asks where you want to install it, find your subdomain in the dropdown menu and click on install.
Now from your “cpanel” you will see your blog and can go into the dashboard and add posts. When you have your subdomain established, please send me the address so that I can add the link to this site so that all 14 of your blogs are linked and you can read each other’s work and write your weekly comments. We’ll go over this in class as well but feel free to come to me for questions and also to the great folks in the Digital Knowledge Center on the 4th floor of the Hurley Convergence Center (HCC).