In Episode 75, Dan & Katie answer questions from the audience about the Metaverse, the cost of higher education, teacher training and experiences, identity, and much more. If you have questions for us to talk about and answer on another Office Hours episode, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode
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- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
- Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
- Jorge Luis Borges
- “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by Jorge Luis Borges
- Isaac Asimov
- Tesla Robot
- Blade Runner
- The USC frat controversy explained: Why groups on campus are protesting
- Episode 73: Confronting Campus Rape Culture with Chris Belcher, Stephanie Renée Payne, & Jordan Broberg
- American Language Institute
- USC Pushed a $115,000 Online Degree. Graduates Got Low Salaries, Huge Debts.
- The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies
“I remember teaching [Super Sad True Love Story] and at the time I was teaching it, it was like the near future and now it is basically the present in many ways.”Tweet
“I think about what’s great about writing and fiction is that we get to bring in that humanistic side to and think about what are the ethical and moral questions here, things that sometimes get overlooked.”Tweet
“All those questions about what is it to be human and what is the human experience about will continue to persist […] so there will always be a need for writing.”Tweet
“[College] faculty are never prepared [to have difficult conversations in the classroom] because we’re not trained that way in a PhD program. PhD programs only train you in order to write your dissertation and make sure you can get that finished.”Tweet
“You have to think about the type of education you want and the type of experiences you want over what the name on the degree is.”Tweet
“Is going to an elite university really worth it? Are you getting a higher level of education, or is it just this prestige that has been built up over time because it’s about this image that is being created?”Tweet
This episode was recorded on November 15, 2021. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod.