Has anyone else been thinking of the larger ramifications of subsuming new media texts into the composition classroom? – Not just what it will mean for us in our classes or the shift in and expansion of our field of study as we integrate various fields of study (psychology, depth psychology, communication&media, computer/software programming, art, music, sociology, anthropology…etc.), into our teaching, as our readings showed us this week, in order to accommodate the needs determined by the global direction of the world’s new means of composing meaning and communicating. But what implications our decision might have, what possibilities it might open for restructuring the university? And I don’t mean the difference between face to face and virtual classrooms.
As I imagine it, integration of various fields of study in order to compose and engage with the goal of facilitating the transformation of a current value system based on illusion that distances us from the “other” for a system that appreciates diversity (particularity) and engages us in interactive relation to each other, as Wysocki dreams it, guides us toward a new world order that I’m completely on board with (I think). So, I take the next step and wonder, what does this change for the next level up from us, for the English department under the Humanities umbrella to, ultimately, the university in general?
What I’m talking about is the wider-ranging “tremors” (to use the term Yancey appropriated) created by integrating new media into composition. Wouldn’t the next stage of evolution which follows our moving away from the test-tube-in-isolation value-system of “hard” science for the integrated approach of particularity be the dismantling of college departments? Can anyone else see a university compiled of classes listed individually, tagged with content markers, sortable by what they offer to teach and how they might satisfy university requirements for graduation. So that, if the university requirement listed critical thinking – I could search for classes with this tag and chose from a range of courses approaching critical thinking through the topic I’m most interested in (i.e.: science, psychology, rhetoric, computers) – a possibility I find to both complicate and facilitate the educational process. Talk about student motivation and potential for learning… Then, the next step, a degree earned globally, picking and choosing classes from anywhere, creating a new organization monitoring degree criteria called – I don’t know – the united nations of education…(yeah, we’ll have to think of a better name).
I feel like this train of thought shares the same space as the final moments of Miller’s “This is how we dream” (part 2) – breaking everything open to embrace the individual, the particular, (perhaps you’ll allow me to dramatically claim), the future… which, ultimately maybe farther than we should be right now. But I can’t help but wonder…