A list of questions that we might think about for tomorrow's iChat, starting with the meta methods and tech issue and then moving into the topical questions. However, I am more interested in your questions and ideas.
1) Which of the methods seemed to work best and in what combination?
2) If you were to do this, what methods and tech would you use?
3) Is this practical for traveling researchers and conference goers? Could one really do research and communicate with classes at the same time, or is the traditional model of simply missing a few classes more realistic?
4) Would there be a place for purposely traveling to internationalize the campus-based class in this manner? Does the work I have done regarding the topics in 3745, for example, add value?
5) Might this be a potential method for not only faculty to communicate with their classes, but perhaps even more so for students to communicate with classes (that is already done in terms of students communicating with other students informally)?
6) What level of tech and knowledge is it reasonable to expect of the traveling teacher?
Note: I recognize that the answers to almost all of these questions is "yes and no." In fact, the more questions I ask the more that I have about this issue.
1) Are youth more or less political than earlier generations?
2) Are youth politics different, and if so how?
3) Is youth too grand a generalization, or are there generational modes?
4) Can old people really understand youth movements?
5) Do youth have the depth of perspective to understand the historical and cultural processes that formed their movements? Do older people?
6) What roles do class, gender, major, profession, ethnicity, and other factors play in political formation and movements?
7) Is the internet a supplement or replacement for other types of democratic action?
8) Is the internet a distraction, excuse, or effective tool?
9) How does the Mexican context compare to the USA context?
10) Is experiencing popular culture from throughout the world really creating a more cosmopolitan world culture, or just a pastiche-inspired belief that we are more "worldly" than before?
11) What role does style play in politics?
12) How important is popular culture to politics and vice versa?
13) What place does institutional, demographic, and geographic scale play in determining political cultures and political strategies?
14) Is our belief that we are qualitatively new with each generation simply buying into the big sell of consumer capitalism? New and improved, the new ensemble of goods is "it" and the old ones are now disposable?
15) Is it useful to separate our models of and models for the world?
16) Is it OK to maintain a human sense of humor amidst serious problems? Is it essential?
Looking forward to our live discussion tomorrow, even if it is isn't IRL. Best abbreviation ever.