I was really impressed by my classmate’s selections and I am looking forward to discussing each of these pieces later today! I was particularly fascinated by the video on homelessness that was selected. Whenever we think of book clubs, we immediately assume books must be involved, but I think that there are just as many perspectives and ideas to draw out of the video that was provided as what one would find in a book. And I really like the idea of privileging alternative informational mediums for critical dialogue within your community. It makes me wonder how far you could push the book club format to include things such as real-world experiences, blogs, video clips, forum posts/comments, email threads, etc. Wouldn’t it have been interesting if someone had selected an si.all.open email thread for their Socratic seminar? How would that conversation be different from one based on a book?
Week Eight Reading