Academic Aesthetic Netcast 117

You’ll notice that this edition of the Academic Aesthetic is not part two of the workshop I recorded a couple of weeks ago. The truth is that I have a few topics I would like to discuss, so I’m postponing the rest of the 3 hour workshop until whenever, or until people start asking for it. If I keep uploading recordings from the same workshop I think I’ll start to get lazy(er), and nobody wants that, right?
Video ClutterI’ve noticed a lot of time shifting trends lately, and by time shifting I mean people getting media earlier and later than usual. I know more than one person who’s decided to get rid of cable TV, since if they wait they can get boxed sets of just their favorite episodes for less than paying for the hundred or so channels they never watched in the first place.

(That won’t be me, since my wife pays for the cable and she wants that next episode of Mythbusters as soon as it airs. To be honest, I can’t say I blame her.)

I’ve also seen people who just can’t wait. I could name a few individuals (You might know them already…) who downloaded bootleg copies of Star Wars Episode III before it came out in the theaters. They still went and saw it on the big screen, but it was worth it to them to see the low quality version first – like reading the last page of a good novel, I guess.

(I wouldn’t know if it was worth it myself – I still haven’t seen any copy Episode III, legal or otherwise. I liked Episodes IV, V, and VI much better than I and II, but I digress.)

A lot of technological innovations are allowing us to see things earlier or later, depending on the quality we desire. I think its rather neat, but unfortunately we don’t see a lot of this in an educational environment.

I mean, sure, there are some teachers who podcast their lectures for posterity, or put their handouts online, but those educators are few and far between, and the know-how they need to get started can seem very daunting to them, even if it isn’t to us.

PUWT06_01.JPGCase in point: A little more than a week ago I attended a very cool conference that was hosted by my employer. I had fun and got a lot out of it, but according to Technorati I seem to be the only person who even mentioned it in a blog. With several presenters, including myself and the Keynote Speaker talking about blogs, you would think at least one more person would have their own blog and mention it at least in passing.

OK this is getting depressing, so let’s turn the floor over to you, shall we? I can tell from my stats that I have a decent amount of listeners, so here’s what I’d like you to do. Go to my web site at and find the show notes for episode 117. (It should be near the top, unless you’re time shifting a lot.) I’d like everyone to add one of two types of comments:

  1. If you have a blog, podcast, or netcast, give it a plug. If nothing else, it’ll encourage me to read it.
  2. If you don’t have a blog, I’d like to know why. No time? No web host? Worried about legislation? Think you have nothing to say? I’m curious as to what hurdles you feel you’d have to overcome in order to become a blogger.

And if you want it to be an audio comment instead of a text comment, you can click on the link right below the image on the main page that says “Leave an Audio Comment!” or prerecord it and email it to me at TheArtGuy (at)

2 responses on “Academic Aesthetic Netcast 117

  1. Danita

    I stumbled upon your blog tonight from a link to a link. I was impressed with the emotional discussion on DEN.

    I am a very green blogger – I’ve been doing this for a month. But, I love it! I was a middle school math and science teacher before taking a new position as an ITF this semester.

    I’m going to subscribe to your blog so I can keep up with the DEN drama. It seems to be such a waste of a terrific resource…

    * Come visit *