The pro-TTIP version:
The anti-TTIP version:
In the so called Internet society, access to all kind of information is available to all or almost all, at least in western economies. A simple search on the web allows us to enjoy eyes-cutting materials on a specific field of knowledge. Should you be interested on marketing, for instance, out there you will find the best speakers and gurus able to illuminate your path via YouTube, twitter, blogs, etc. TED talks are perhaps a very good example of how to enjoy the latest and most innovative findings on different fields from all over the world.
Innovative and astonishing talks, they are. The strong communication skills often exhibited by the invited speakers leave one with the impression of having attended his/her long life conference. I have recently noticed an increasing attention on this from my students. Many of them comment to me directly. I also bet that many of those who sit in the bottom with computers are sometimes watching this kind of materials. I try to be comprehensive in that point. It is not easy for a regular professor tops such speakers. Needless to say that they are far more striking than reading and digesting the large volumes from one´s university library. So why should one go to college? This question has lately been swirling around in my head and I wanted to pose in class, with excellent results, by the way.
The truth is that one could stay at home watching online talks on the Internet, reading the best blogs and following the most influents thinkers of one´s specific discipline. Imagine you do that for as many years as a regular university degree lasts. Five hours a day from Monday to Friday. Would the results be the same? Would your personal development be the same? It seems difficult to answer such question positively. This is it because attending class is more than the above arguments. Here are the top eight reasons why you should attend class:
Are you perhaps thinking of more reasons? Let us know your opinion.
Marshal, McLuhan (1987). Understanding Media: The Extension of Man. Ark, London.
Bourdieu, P. (1998). The state nobility: elite schools in the field of power. Stanford University Press.