I’d just like to say, right up front, that I’m not really a licensed sage in any official capacity.
Sages are supposed to be wise and cryptic old guys with funny hats and cool beards. Unfortunately, I’m not particularly wise, I can’t grow a cool beard to save my life, and most hats will claim me to be the funny accessory.
I typically just go by Alan Flaten. Or Alan. Or “that guy over there. No, not him, the other one. Yeah, him.”
The title of Sage Alan actually refers to an absolutely ridiculous humor column I used to write for my high school paper (do those exist anymore?) where I used to dispense with terrible advice to fictional people who had imaginary problems. Not unlike most advice columnists today. I was a true pioneer!
I have moved on from writing sham columns for my high school journalism teacher and now write sham research papers sophisticated and in-depth research papers for my graduate level journalism classes. This is my second-year as a mass communications graduate student here at UF.
Before UF, I dual-majored in English and Asian Studies at Florida International University in South Florida. After graduating, I was fortunate enough to be able to work in Japan for three years as an assistant language teacher for several junior high schools in Fukuoka prefecture. I reiterate that it was I who was the fortunate one in that arrangement.
Those poor students…
I’m a big time fan of video games and have been able to tie that into my studies here at UF. Of particular interest to me is the growing relationship between gaming and social networks. As such, given the focus of this class on new media, I’m looking forward to exploring all the other ways new media is changing and affecting our world. I’m sure it will aid me in my own research efforts in the future.
At any rate, thanks to those of you who made it through all the rambling! I can’t wait to be utterly shamed by everyone’s lucid and clear blog posts!