Monday, September 18, 2006
  Impractical Magic

Dear Marketing Executives,

Just because I like Lord of the Rings and occasionally purchase books from the Science Fiction Book Club doesn't mean I believe in crystal healing, or finding a best friend with numerology, or cleansing diets, or any of the other wacky things out there.

Thank you,

The Granola


You know those books you can get page by page. The pages are cards that you collect with hole punches in them, and you are supposed to put them in the special binder you get if you subscribe to it. It is just another way to "monetize" content. Sometimes it might be interesting if it is about a TV show and has pictures and bios - that is, if you are around 12 or so.

Other common ones are recipes. These are a little more useful.

I got a sample pack recently of something to do with spirituality. It got thrown away before I could get a good look at it, but I got an interesting impression.

People crave spirituality, but they don't want the discipline of honest inquiry; integrity; and moral, reasonable, or common sense action.
Hi. Just a small note. I teach a college composition class, in which one assignment is for my students to create a blog for class. On the blog, they'll be posting short responses throughout the semester. The first assignment was to introduce oneself. It seems that you've stumbled across one of my student's blogs and commented that college comp classes don't do much good into teaching one how to write. While that's a legit opinion, it might not be the best idea to share on this particular occasion. Just thought you might like to know.
Welcome to the blogosphere professor. Don't give them the assignment if you don't think they can handle it. Use Granola's comments as a launching point for a good discussion with your students. Why censor them from the ideas of others? Isn't that the antithesis of what blogging is about?
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Granola is a mix of things: grains, nuts, bits of dried fruit, maybe some coconut. There's some fat in it, and it's a good source of fiber to keep those arteries and colons clean.

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