Thursday, June 9, 2011
SOME THINGS SUCCEED, SOME THINGS DON'T
I get the distinct impression that my "bourse" is not succeeding as a pedagogic innovation. Attendance at my blog has fallen way off, and the absence of comments, save from a few intrepid souls, suggests that my attempt to combine the episodic, ephemeral structure of a blog with the extended, connected exposition of a course is falling between two stools, as it were. I am going to soldier on until I have completed my discussion of the Lee/Wilmsen controversy, which should take me another three or four days, at least, and then bring this experiment to a close. I may have been beguiled by the fact that I personally find the ethnographic/theoretical disputes fascinating -- a holdover, no doubt, from my boyhood fascination with anthropometry.