Matthew Harrison Brady: I do not think about things I do not think about.
Henry Drummond: Do you ever think about things that you do think about?
(Inherit the Wind).
This blog began as an pedagogical experiment. In the fall of 2009, I was teaching a course on popular culture at Ohio University. I began blogging as a way of thinking, and I asked my students to do the same. I envisioned this site as a resource for them, but quickly realized that it could be useful for anyone interested in media, and in popular culture trends. However, this was my original welcome message to my students:
If you are a student in (insert course name here), I’d like to welcome you to the class blog. I envision this site as a way to continue our discussions beyond our time in the classroom, so take it as an opportunity to reflect and work through course content.
You may be wondering “Why do I have to do this?” Obviously, the simple answer is because you will be graded for it, but it goes beyond that. You see, I believe that the ability to write coherently is one of the most valuable tools we have. Even in our highly visual culture, you can’t seem to get anywhere if you can’t write. Every job I have ever applied to has required some sort of writing or another, and in fact, I don’t think I’d be here if I could not string together sentences into paragraphs and essays.
Yet there is something else that made me decide to create this blog, and it’s not necessarily because I think that blogging will make us famous — you always hear stories about the Julie Powells of the world. Now she’s a household name; she’s played by Amy Adams in Julie and Julia.
I wish I were that lucky! Instead, my goal is a lot simpler: I blog to think and to learn, and I hope you will see the value in this.
Then again, if you do become famous… don’t forget the little people.
I now live and work in San Antonio, Texas, and even though I don’t blog as often as I would like, and I no longer use this blog a course hub, I still keep this space open. Sometimes I find myself going back to old posts, and wondering how I can update them. I have also branched out. I have written about classroom technologies, social media, and protest movements. I essentially write about what interests me.
The blog keeps evolving. When I started it, I called “pop matters”, and I still think pop does matter. I am, after all, a pop culture scholar, but I’m also an instructor and a geek. I decided to change the name to one of my pet peeves: Media, the word, is the plural for medium.
C. M. Medina, June 2013.