a perplexing question, if you take it personally
what's your major?
i've taken nearly all classes i've wanted while i've attended swarthmore, which leaves me without a department. the nearest thing is english - i'd have to take maybe three more classes, one about dead white guys for sure,i've chosen amy as my best intellectual and spiritual advisor,
fortunately swarthmore allows me to do a special major -
all i have to do is write a proposal...
...and get it approved.
at first i thought to work with technology, but not studying computer science, but more like computer humanities:
or maybe i should major in virtual communities?
but those were two limiting words
someone suggested history of the future
or millenial studies
i considered cultural studies
heck, it was carl's major
so i studied it, and decided it was too specific; while activist, it wasn't interested in personal/spiritual development as i am
major in meaning? that's broad enough.
then maybe communications, cuz that's an accepted word,
but it doesn't have a serious broad context for others like it does me.
i'm studying what things mean, where and why they happen
not just watching tv for patterns
which is not to say that's what media studies do
but by this time i had a destined sense of my major,
that it needed to absorb the thoughts included in manifold manifest, this web life, and the range of experiences and classes i've enjoyed
so i identified three areas that i've studied
so that's my major title, and it's been approved.
and my proust joyce and faulkner teacher phil weinstein on the swarthmore side
he's got a well trusted bullshit filter here.
now to work on my thesis.