November 13, 2010

Welcome to the Big Scary Future

So lately I've been struggling to find a place for this blog in my life, or perhaps more accurately, a place for my life in this blog. I think that the nature of blogging is to try to maintain a unified topic or theme that ties posts together. I've always tried to regard each post here as one more piece of evidence in support of some sort of greater thesis. Since coming to college, however, I've come to the realization that packing vast amounts of information into a tidy thesis isn't always possible, nor is it necessarily desirable. Furthermore, eight-weeks of immersion in academia has me questioning if I am even qualified at this point in my life to draw broad conclusions about anything. My brain has been nuked by the h-bomb of context, and though I don't mind, it makes blogging on a consistent theme difficult.

Cliché inner-turmoil aside, I like writing! I like having this blog as a place to put the things I think about, and I gain a lot of perspective from the feedback readers (that's you) volunteer. As a result, I've decided to abandon my typical model of blogging and start using Teenagerie as a venue for generalized thoughts on everything. What this means for you is that you can expect fewer posts on advertising and Big Issues, and a greater emphasis on experiences and personal introspection. I swear to God that I don't mean "personal introspection" in some sort of pretentious, brooding Livejournal way. My goal for this blog from here on out is to provide an entertaining and realistic account of one person's attempt to come of age successfully. Whatever that even means.

For visual learners, I have created this graphic to indicate where I hope future posts will put Teenagerie on the map of "coming of age" stories. Placement is subjective and does not imply any sort of value judgement. Just kidding. Laguna Beach sucks.
Screen shot 2010-11-13 at 12.29.15 AM

Looking forward to entering the big, scary future with you all,
Jamie

72 comments:

  1. Who cares if you're "qualified" to make broad conclusions. You can continue to draw them and see how they change over time.

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  2. I figure your as "qaulified" as anyone else. There isn't enough perspective out there about teenagers/young adults, from them. Just a bunch of rhetoric from old people. I have three daughters and all the news does is scare me. It's refreshing to hear your voice above the crowd.

    I really loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower in high school. Still can not cultivate that much love for the Smiths though.

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  3. It would be awesome if I could learn to spell. ugh. qualified.

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  4. "eight-weeks of immersion in academia has me questioning if I am even qualified at this point in my life to draw broad conclusions about anything. My brain has been nuked by the h-bomb of context"
    SO SO happy for you that college is exactly what it should be!! What a wonderfully fun time. It's why I plan to stay in school for as long as possible - to ensure that I always remember that I can't know or understand everything (but maybe someday will develop a deep understanding of at least one thing).
    I'm thrilled about the direction your blog will be taking.
    I also have to wonder - where, in your graph, would you put My So Called Life? (As a teenager in the 90's, I have to admit that 90210 & Po5 were the mainstays of my t.v. watching - but My-So-Called-Life, as brief as it was, always felt so much more real to me, and like it was speaking to ME, not to the me I wished I could be. But I also think it tended toward a hyperbolic vision of teenagers - not romanticized, just somewhat overblown). Would be curious to hear your thoughts.
    If you haven't seen the show - rent it over Winter break for some indulgent fun & relaxation :)

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  5. You're more qualified than I am, and I pretend to know things about people and the universe all the time on my blog and no one seems to have a problem with it (unless they've just stopped reading and didn't bother to get rid of their subscription...).
    Your college experience so far sounds awesome. I hope mine is as enlightening once I get there.
    I just finished the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I loved it.

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  6. the older you get, the more you realize you will never come to conclusions. that implies that you have something figured out and it can't surprise you anymore. I don't know if anyone ever gets to that point. and if you do, then what? so it's always good to keep learning and exploring.

    I was in your place (first year of college) 10 years ago and I'm still learning who I am. but you should never stop. you should always keep evolving.

    looking forward to reading :)

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  7. So glad you are writing again!

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  8. I had a very similar realization, only it happened after I finished university. And I agree with the poster above, you only continue learning and growing as a person through out life. So technically speaking you are never qualified, yet you always are.
    I think that you are in the perfect spot to be blogging. In college you learn so much and often are consumed by that learning. This may provide to be a great out for you from the influx of information/ information overload. I found it did some of my best writing in college, exterior to my work for school.
    So enjoy it! Keep it coming, because we will keep reading.

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  9. Hello!

    I just wanted to say, as someone who aims to teach and mentor 'the teenagers' for as long as life will allow me to do so, I am so excited for this new, broader, more open direction!

    It is probably very strange to say that I am proud of your maturity and enthusiasm to LIVE--seeing as how we don't know each other--but this is the beauty of the blogging community, no?

    In any case, congratulations and blessings to you as you navigate adult-ification. Sometimes it sucks, most of the time it's alright; and if your aim is to learn, everything will always be worth something.

    ~G

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  10. I think it's fine to make broad assertions. They're always going to be a little inaccurate, but they're how human beings understand the world. You're certainly as qualified as anyone else. I disagree, however, with your assertion that The Perks of Being A Wallflower isn't irritating.

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  11. ok, but 16 and preggo is irritating in a good way. i mean, right? also, teen mom. haha. but also, i hope you do wind up in the corner you aim for. best of luck.

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  12. I love that you included Daria!! That show was the best! Also, I <3 The Graduate.

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  13. Love the graphic. I must be a visual learner. Even if you feel unfocused, it's really cool to see how your perspective is changing as you hit college. Just keep doing your thing and we'll keep reading.

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  14. Love the placement of Catcher in the Rye.

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  15. Don't worry too much about trying to write on a cohesive theme. It's pretty clear that most of your readers (myself included) read your pieces because of your sense of humor, writing talent, and, most importantly, your perspective. Hope you're enjoying first term!

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  17. I wouldn't worry about being "unqualified"--

    I think once most people earn their "qualifications," they either stop asking questions, or start answering them in language that's really inaccessible.

    That's why I think what you're doing (or will end up doing, as the blog progresses) is so important! If we don't take a critical eye to advertising or our conversations with professors in the classroom, or strangers in the deli, who will? I really love the discussions you open up with your posts. The way you write opens questions rather than answering them, and it inspires us readers to confront in a critical way the images and ideas we've always taken for granted.

    I just graduated from college and I'm so inspired by your work as a young person. I can totally relate to your doubts and uncertainty, but let's not let our status as inexperienced young people make us feel like our thoughts aren't as wise or insightful as anyone else's.

    Great work, and please rock on!

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  18. awesome: http://graphjam.memebase.com/2010/12/02/funny-graphs-xoxo-daria/

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  19. Come play in fandom on LiveJournal — may I suggest the metafandom community? Socio-cultural theory abounds.

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