Susie and I had dinner the other evening with Ina and David Reeve. David, you will recall from an earlier post, is a senior member the UNC Philosophy Department who has recently published a new translation of the Nichomachean Ethics. I told my sad tale about offering a course on Ideological Critique for which not a single graduate student in the department registered [apparently I am not the only person to whom this has happened] and mentioned my plan to write and post a series of lectures on my blog. Ina, who attended my Marx course last semester, asked "Why don't you deliver them as lectures, videotape the lectures, and put them on YouTube?"
This is an intriguing but rather scary idea, for several reasons. First of all, I have not a clue how to do that, but I am sure I can find a twelve year old to assist me. Secondly, it would be authentically weird to lecture to a camera rather than to students. It is not as though I very often even pause for breath when I lecture, but I do, after all, talk to actual people, and I am afraid I might freeze up if there were no one out there smiling or frowning or taking notes or laughing at my jokes. And then there is the little matter of my facial tics and twitches, with which I have been afflicted since I was five, and of which I am mortally embarrassed [although everyone very kindly lies and says they are not noticible.]
The modern world being what it is, I am sure I would have a larger [although still tiny] audience for YouTube lectures than for written lectures. Folks could make it one of their multi-tasking items, while driving or taking a bath or watching a football game or making love -- well, maybe not when watching a football game.
What do you think?