I’ve been asked about returning feedback/grades on research 2.
-these are ready for pick-up now for people in section 2 (because your comments on blog posts were due at noon today). These comments aren’t due until Friday for section 1. People who have completed these comments in section 1, your rubrics are ready for pick up as well.
-all will be in an envelope in front of my office.
Hi folks – I will be making research presentation grades/feedback available on a rolling basis. I have a manila envelope outside my door, your name will be on a piece of paper with info on it. Feel free to take it!
In other words – feedback is ready for people who presented yesterday.
For some reason, this song runs through my head when we talk about machines, and the somewhat self-righteous reaction against them: (the lyric “some will rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen.”) Woody Guthrie – Pretty Boy Floyd
On graffiti and urban policing: Michelle Shocked, Graffiti Limbo. About the actual killing of a graffiti artist in NYC in the 1980s.
Imagine – John Lennon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8
Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Ykv1D0qEE
In class, we spoke about growth machines that produce wealth for those in power by encouraging real estate development at the taxpayers’ expense. Similarly, the machine in this song is the music industry, producing wealth for the already affluent mainstream sellouts, at the expense of the creativity and originality of growth for the musicians they sponsor. I immediately thought about this song when we started reading Ferman’s book and each time we spoke about growth machines. Hope you enjoy 🙂
“Welcome to the Machine”–Pink Floyd
my reply: Dominique – that reminded me of THIS song, referencing the same sort of machine, but in a Smiths-y sort of way:
Seeing that we’re on the subject of “non-routine” collective action, I wanted to share a song that fits with the theme of this section of the course.
It’s been pretty unrelentingly rough in my community power class for a couple of weeks. (That’s what happens when studying riots, police brutality, other forms of structural and interpersonal violence), soooo I need to play them some good songs of fighting the good fight and social justice and winning. I’ll surely include “all you fascists” by billy bragg, but what else???
Here are some articles, a brief news podcast and a clip from PBS. I am still looking, if I find something else wonderful, I’ll ask you to read/watch/listen to it.
What I find FASCINATING is that I’m looking for work examining outcomes/consequences of rioting, and that is not prominent discourse in the U.S. We want to explain WHY, but not look through the end results, or the next stage.
In the meantime, you could work through these QUICKLY – plan on them for Wednesday,maybe into Friday…
REACTION PAPERS: If you’ve not gotten grades back for papers you HAVE loaded onto the blog, then in all likelihood you didn’t categorize them appropriately. No worries! Please email me and let me know if you are missing grades, and I can find the relevant paper and get it graded. Fair?
PRESENTATIONS ON RESEARCH: BOTH classes have opted to complete presentations on research projects BEFORE the final exam period. Next week I will pass around sign-up sheets so that you each know when you will be presenting. Please remember that you can choose to present on your first research project, or on your second research project, or on your efforts to improve the community. (Having trouble remembering the “improve the community” option? It’s an announcement, but I will re-post it shortly, so you can find it more easily.)
Keep an eye on this space by Sunday – I have some more “TBA readings.” So you’ll reach ch 8 of Abu-Lughod for tomorrow (Friday), the Jobard article here on the blog for Monday – and then I will post additional readings for Wednesday & Friday.
Here’s what I’d like us all to read for class this week, all from Abu-Lughod:
Monday: through ch 5 (the NY chapters)
Wed: ch 7 (LA, 1992)
Fri: Ch 8 (theory/comparison chapters)
For the empirical chapters, get a sense of the narrative (what happened, etc.); but also keep your eyes on how do we explain riots, and how to explain NOT riots. I am still v interested in responses and outcomes of riots – not sure our material gets us there yet…