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Stream of consciousness assignment

September 14, 2004

Marty wanted us to all write for 10 minutes straight about… well… anything. Marty’s the director AND dean of our program, and pretty much what he says goes. So, here I am, my mind a complete blank, just trying to fill in this never ending expanse of white box with little words. This would be a lot easier if I could just talk. People sometimes say I talk too much anyways. Maybe I could just get one of those voice to text programs and start going on one of my rants…
Bah, I don’t have one in me… It’s too late in the evening. I guess I’ll have to talk about my capstone project, even though I think I’ve explained it to everyone on the planet so far, maybe some future civilization will comb through the forgotten archives of this machine and come across this entry and think..”Huh, that’s strange, this idea would never have worked, why did he waste his time? He should have followed his father’s advice and been a stockbroker for the love of Mike.” This would of course be impossible, because no one in the future would be named “Mike”, and it would have dropped from the lexicon of standard colloquialisms…

So, I just looked over my shoulder at what someone else was writing and am ashamed that I’ve strayed so far from my original topic. Which was… electronic music collaboration… I think…

I can imagine what the future would be like, we’ll all be flying around in jet packs, making music with our brain waves and our genetically altered 20 digit hands. However, I think until that point, we can certainly improve on the applications and devices currently available.

From → Capstone

4 Comments
  1. Stream-of-consciousness is an interesting problem. There was a huge literary movement about it in the 1920s and 30s, led by Irish novelist James Joyce (Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses) and American novelist William Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying). It was used in these novels as a narrative technique, that is, as a mode of giving the reader an inside idea of how a character was reacting to the outside world.

    The experiment might be easier to do if, rather than staring at a blank screen and just writing whatever comes to mind, you do the exercise while you cognize something complex, such as a painting that you have never seen before.

    Just a thought….

  2. Actually, in your case, rather than a painting, perhaps, you might do the exercise while listening to a new song, preferably a challenging song (as opposed to a vacuous pop tune).

    The fun part would be to see if your stream of consciousness begins to take the form of a narrative. If so, the question then becomes can you shape it artistically into an interesting narrative.

  3. Uncle Brian permalink

    Want to improve your stream of consciousness rants and make your blog actually interesting??? One word…. Jaegermeister.

    Remember, I’m just an uncle trying to change the world one nephew at a time.

    Love ya JJ,

    Brian

    Props to JED Babe for turning me on to your site. And, frankly, I think it could use some “momification”.

  4. Marty permalink

    Well, I didn’t exactly say type “anything.” I asked the students to think about their capstone and just start writing. What do you have to say about your idea? What insights come into your head? Just keep writing non-stop for 10 minutes.

    The problem is that if you put it in your blog, we read it… and that’s a waste of time. Well, it was for me! đŸ˜‰

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