Thursday, August 25, 2016

Exploration Two: Electric Boogaloo from Matthew George

     Good day and salutations to who ever chooses to read this specific blog post (in other words: the one or two of you), My name is Matthew George-and before you ask: no, I am not the Australian Director Matthew George, I am a completely separate entity from that one. Currently I am majoring in the field of occupational therapy. As a English Class I am sure we are full of stereotype characters, if you were wondering as to what stereotype I fall into (which of course I am sure you were definitely NOT thinking about what stereotypes we are) I am the token 'person with a disease' trope. More specifically Hemophilia Severe Type A, my blood doesn't clot which will do one of two things to me: 1) Should I receive a substantial sized cut (Paper cuts are too small) I will bleed indefinitely unless under the effects of a recombinate drug. 2) I can obtain bruises by the magic of doing absolutely nothing at all. This also means I can't juggle chainsaws but hey I think that's probably a good thing. Now then, away with the introductions and onto the main course of this two star meal!

Image of M.G. taken by M.G...wait, if both of my hands are in the picture then how did I take this picture?!

     In the early parts of the first chapter of  The Call to Write they discuss the idea of literacy events. For those who don't know-although we all read about it-a literacy event is the use of literature in our daily lives from the most basic tasks of sending text messages and writing grocery lists to the more delicate tasks of declarations of judgement via court, declarations of peace and war, and everything in between. This idea of the literacy event stood out to me since in the years leading up to this semester I have never heard of this idea before. In prior English classes the idea of a piece of literature was limited to what was specifically deemed a piece of literature whether it be an essay, short story, poem, or novel. To expand the very definition of what determines literature is to some degrees an enlightening experience. To see that literature is not limited to the professional writer, but to the every-man who goes about their day using the written language in some fashion or another is truly amazing.  


  1. I considered going into occupational therapy as well, but have since decided on psychology instead. What prompted you to choose this field? Best of luck to you and your college journey!

    1. Originally I was planning on going into Art Therapy instead, but because that is such a small niche almost no college has courses based around it, switching fields gave me many more choices for colleges other than the one in all of Tennessee that had a single A.T. course.

  2. Well, Matthew, your post (Specifically the introduction) was definitely the most entertaining one that I have come across. So, thank you for that.

    Pertaining to your last sentence, it truly is amazing that laymen in english and the illiterate in our society all make use of the written language throughout the day.


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