My First Internship
For the first four weeks of my summer, I'm here at Wabash trying to publish one of my papers I wrote this past semester. The goal for this internship is to write an article discussing the interaction between race and humor; because race is such a sensitive subject for many to discuss, one "safe" way to begin the discussion is by using humor. Thus, we're doing a rhetorical analysis of how humor is an effective means to discuss race. We want to submit this article to a rhetorical studies journal.
It's really funny how this project came about. It really began when I was in 10th grade. My cousin, Rodney, introduced me to this comic strip The Boondocks. He was always talking about how hilarious it was. So I began reading it and slowly became obsessed with the strip. It was some of the wittiest stuff I had ever read. The strip is all about race, but it mostly is a critique of Black culture... and its a pretty sharp critique to say the least. Because we didn't get the newspaper everyday, I began getting the strip emailed to me daily... so I could keep up with what was going on.
I was ecstatic when I learned that the strip was being transformed into a TV show. I watched and just really admired the creator of the strip, Aaron McGruder. When I sat in Dr. Timmerman's class on humor this past semester, he asked us to pick an artifact that we found funny. I immediately thought of the Boondocks. I asked Grant Gussman if he was interested in working together on the assignment (I wanted to partner with him because he had just beaten in me in the Oratorical Contest again... was hoping to learn a thing or two).
He agreed and when ended up writing a really insightful essay. Timmerman praised it and said that it was worthy of publication. Now all three of us are trying to extend it to about 25 pages and get it ready for a rhetorical studies journal.
I think the plan is to do most of the writing this week. We've been trying to outline where we want to go, and I think we have solidified a good thesis. But we'll see.
I hope we get a draft done by the end of the week.