Thoroughly Thursday - the "Expanding My Horizons" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Expanding My Horizons" edition. Two aspects of Thoroughly Thursday didn't become apparent until a couple weeks after I started sending it out. The first was that it would be very easy to keep writing about the same things over and over. I have a handful of things that interest me a lot (silly podcasts, sci-fi movies, Doctor Who, kids TV shows) that many people would find deadly boring. The second thing was that TT gives me a chance to learn and experience lots of different things each week. So, this week, here are something that I'm discovering.
What I'm Reading - Cultural Studies is the Octopus of Academia
A few weeks ago, I complained that I couldn't really see the point in studying semiotics which seemed to want to just define things we all do naturally. However, This week I started reading "Introducing Cultural Studies" (part of the Introducing... graphic guides which are free with Amazon Prime). Cultural Studies is a big, messy new field that pulls psychology, sociology, philosophy, linguistics, and semiotics into a force to help create change in society. Though sometimes the terminology gets a bit too academic, it is fascinating to see how a school of study changes depending on which culture it originates.
What I'm Watching - You're Awesome!! You Have Buckets o' Charisma and People Like You!!
I recently watched "I'm Not Your Guru" a documentary about Self-Help Evangalist/Motivational Speaker/Trampoline Enthusiast/Firewalker Extraordinaire Anthony Robbins. The film follows Robbins as a he leads his signature 6-day "Date with Destiny" seminar in front of 2,000 people. His goal, as seen in the movie, is not just that people have a good time, but that they have a momentumental breakthrough during the event. Though he is an unapologetic, cultural cliché, there is something amazing about Robbins and his ability to work a crowd. He may not be "guru", but his strength of personality is its own superpower.
What I'm Listening To - Okay, It's the Most Popular Music Genre
I'm trying to expand my musical boundaries lately, and I feel like I've never given hip hop an honest chance. Not really knowing where to start, I found a top 100 list and was introduced to Illmatic by Nas (who is also expanding his own boundaries, or at least his audience). I really enjoyed Tribe Called Quest's jazzy beats on Low End Theory, love the Fugees, and have been so-so on Wu-Tang Clan. Mos Def is fantastic! If you have a favorite hip hop album, let me know.
What I'm Learning - Saving the World, the Hard Way
This weekend, I came across this website after watching Bill Nye the Science Guy answer questions from Twitter (funnier than it sounds). The site The Solutions Project is devoted to moving the world to 100% clean energy. The site has a cool infographic which shows how each of the U.S. states could be powered through various forms of clean energy by 2050. So, where Arizona might get the majority of its energy from solar panels, North Dakota would get it from wind farms. They also work to support local political activism and provide grants to organizations supporting green energy initiatives. It reminds a lot of the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals initiative.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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P.P.S Something totally random that I found on GoogleMaps. I didn't know tried to Lane Meyer tried to kill himself in this infamous scene right near my house.
P.P.P.S. Another totally random Better Off Dead fact - Dan Schneider, who played Ricky, went on to be a mega-producer in kids television.
P.P.P.P.S. "We take issue with [Marxism's] status as a teleological and fundamental theory, a Grand Narrative of liberation. As well as its Essentialism, deterministic economics, and it's Eurocentrism." - Jean-François Lyotard "The Postmodern Condition" (1979)