Thoreau argues that philosophizing is different than doing, and I can’t agree more. One of my good friends is a Philosophy major. He and I would often get in a debate about how useful philosophy is when applying it to a job or the real world. Well, he would usually win the actual debate because he could construct an argument on the spot better than I could, but I still believe that you really need to intertwine experiencing with philosophizing. It goes back to the idea that in the midst of our busy lives, it’s critical to sit back and think about what we’re doing. We need to take breaks to maintain our focus and reset our goals.
The idea of balancing experience and learning also applies in this class! Just like with this Social Media paper we’ve been working on–we would be clueless if we just learned about what “tweets” were, or read about certain professors that study and teach digital humanities. Instead, we get to dive in on our own! Both in class, with professors beaming in, and independently surfing the web and twitter with what specifically interests us. Now for the philosophizing or learning part…applying what we’ve learned and writing that darn paper.