|being shot by one of my students in a play|
Fair enough. Those realities do shape our world. But what if we read history in terms of how people communicate, or how everything changes when knowledge technologies change?
I think print, as a technology, is much like the emerging nation-states that began to emerge as political entities in the Renaissance. It came into the world in a big way, complete with its own languages and literatures and its own sense of empire.
|my Machiavelli pose|
|the day I was released as bishop in June 2010|
And this finally leads the History of Civilization inevitably to the film, Avatar.
|my son and his fiancee after Photoshopped into Avatar na'vi creatures|
Maybe the history of civilization is really just a set of avatars, one period or location or medium simply inflecting another. In that sense, the past is an avatar of the present, or the present is one of the past. There are strong parallels both directions, and the fun happens when you start figuring out how the various media mediate experience, history, truth -- the works.
Let's have some fun this semester.