Spicy Titles: A disclaimer
I create click bait titles because I like to be creative and because I don't think that my content is click bait material. I just want to put this disclaimer out there. I also want to say what I aim to do with this blog. I don't write about celebrities or sports, something that people may be inclined to read about. I write about academia and oppression, stuff that people care about but may not have the heart to read about. I use this blog to write about my experiences. I critique systems that affect me. I focus on critiquing academia because that is what I am interested in. I am interested in the ways in which academia creates environments that aren't conducive to learning and growing.
With that being said, I never write about particular individuals. It has also never been my intention to shit on any of the schools that I have gone to. I've attended St. John's University in Jamaica, Queens for my undergrad and I currently attend the University of Connecticut for grad school. I write thinking of my experiences at each of those schools. I also write thinking about my primary and secondary educational experiences. Some of the best learning and growing that I have done have been at those schools so it's not like I hated my time there or anything like that. Whenever I make pedagogical critiques, I am simply critiquing America's educational system. Yes, I enlist my first hand experiences at those schools to shed light sometimes. However, I really only critique something using my experience if I know that my experience is a common phenomenon that reflects an oppressive structure that I want to help defeat.
Maybe this blog isn't necessary but maybe it is.
In another blog, I said that during the month of March I would discuss the way in which I have been trained to become the sort of philosopher I hate. I feel like it is important that in this discussion I say that the philosophical texts that I read on my lonesome, without any professors assigning me to read it, counts as training because I look at how how they write about their personal experiences. I think this is important because it could be (and this wouldn't be on the writers) that I have demonstrated their method poorly or misunderstood their method in some way. And because of this there is some sort of confusion or frustration from readers about my writing. This is very probable as I am still learning and growing as a writer.
I have trained myself to write by looking at how my favorite author's write. I look at their anecdotes. I look at how they try to prove their statements and I try to copy what they have done. When people write well, their texts are more than words on a page. Their texts evoke uncomfortable emotions and introspection. The experience can be comforting and nerve wracking and life changing. I want to give people that .For instance, I've read philosophers come at other philosophers life. I've found this embarrassing, disrespectful, necessary, and humorous. I've read philosophers critique oppressive systems. I am talking about the way I have been trained to think my whole educational experience. Through my blogs, I try on different writing styles and methods.
The thing that I don't want is for people to get offended by the things that I say. I am learning. I am not extremely invested in my ideas or in the way that I write. Obviously, I won't waver on trying to eradicate oppression but I am recognize that I am learning so if anyone wants to critique my reasoning, if someone thinks it's fallacious or offensive, please let me know so that I can change. I don't want to walk around thinking fucked up shit. I would rather have someone tell me when I am wrong than let me walk around with my head in the clouds thinking that I don't have any problems to deal with.