Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Noise from the jungle (vol. III)

Mid-terms today in the BH class--the first for me this quarter.

In preface to this volume:
Honestly, I hope I haven't given the impression that I hate Professor BH's guts. That would be a misinterpretation of my frustration. Indeed, I think BH and I respect each other as human beings--he knows I have "differences" from the many hints I've dropped (and perhaps from faculty informants:), and we have even found time to joke about it.

Whether this bit of jungle culture can be described as "noise" is beyond me, but, for what it's worth, here is the main essay prompt on today's mid-term (for some limited context, read volume II):

Define hegemony and explain the role of qualitative research, including the Chicago School method and textual analysis, in exposing hegemonic messages to the public.
Upon completing what I hope was a comprehensive answer, and since the question left no room for disagreement, I included a little postscript that read (under the heading "ignore this when grading please"):
...and having said all that, I must say that I think most of the above is bunk.
I'm depending on his respect for academic honesty and perhaps his sense of humor to forgive me for taking that little bit of liberty.

Moving on...

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<< Home 3 Comments:
Blogger Joshua said...

Don't you love loaded questions! :)
It is hard sometimes to know when to simply answer the question, especially since they are not asking for you opinion on the topic, and when to note how loaded the question is.

12:32 PM, February 01, 2006  
Blogger Krista said...

All you had to do was "define" and "explain". Doesn't mean you were agreeing with it :) Loved the ending anyways :) Sounds like something I would do.

5:30 AM, February 02, 2006  
Blogger Crystal said...

GOod thing I am not in your program because I would need a translator to explain the essay promt in English. Have no idea what they were talking about! Ha, ha...sound exactly up your alley. LOL

11:20 AM, February 02, 2006  

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