During the summer, while battening down my hatches in preparation for the fall semester, I was approached by PhD Candidate Brett Caraway from The University of Texas at Austin about contributing to his class about online distribution. Always interested in continuing education, especially if it is outside my classrooms and a teacher feels I may have something valuable to offer, I quickly agreed and let him know I’d love to help in any way I can. Through the class, or through my voyeuristic approach via the web, I was introduced to Professor Robert Jensen (well not really introduced to him personally, just his work), and some of the compelling arguments he presents. He is the author of “All My Bones Shake: Religion and Progressive Politics,” and “Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity,” among others. He has some very interesting things to say about pornography, and while I don’t agree with each and every statement, he makes many valid points. Read up on him if you like, his passion for what he does is contagious.
In any case, Prof. Jensen came and spoke to the class about pornography, and soon-to-be Doc. Caraway had the students pitch me some questions regarding porn. Here is the link if you care to read, it’s quite so I’ll keep this blog short.
The more and more I am involved academically, the more I want to continue this path. The intrinsic rewards from participating in group discussions, or murdering midterms (I got a 75.5/80 on my physics exam and 37/40 on my psych) outweigh any of the extrinsic rewards of my past. I exist in a state of constant gratitude, even while riding on the bus with homeless men pacing the aisle muttering, “Tick, Tock, the old man’s clock.”
It’s amazing how filling the interior can fulfill the exterior.
Time to study for finals: Piaget’s stages of development, Dr. Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Study, nuclear fission v fusion, and some alpha, beta and gamma decay. Huraaaay photons and boo socialization that diffuses personal responsibility!