So, Andrew McLuhan was our guest lecturer today. You know, McLuhan. As in Marshall McLuhan.

Did I geek out? You could say that.

But besides my being a comms student and finding all of that to be inherently very cool, he was also just a really neat guy to listen to and have in our call!

Also, expect a lot more posts this next week and a bit. He said there’s a raffle of sort, and I can enter by making posts about how, in his words, “fucked” things are.

Great news. I’m really good at that.

The prize, for the record, is a copy of McLuhan’s Distant Early Warning playing card deck.

Do I know any card games beyond Go Fish? Absolutely not. But oh, who wouldn’t want a copy of the DEW cards?

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Speak it, Marshall.

So, as the title here implies, this first entry is about Zoom ettiquette. Really, it’s about the acknowledgement of it. Humans are social creatures, so we’re quick to create social norms, but isn’t it strange how many new norms a new form of media gives us?

Because really, Zoom is a new medium. Sure, we’ve had Skype and the like, but Zoom holds a whole other connotation. It’s for academics, work, and casual calls alike. It’s not something you do after hours; it’s where you SPEND those hours.

And that comes with a whole bunch of new social rules and norms.

For example: camera on or off? I have some friends whose profs make cameras compulsory. Most of my classes, meanwhile, are our prof speaking to the void, save for maybe one or two brave souls. My prof for this class compared us having our cameras off to “closing a shutter” on her. Which is fair. But also, doesn’t it feel oddly intimate to show everybody the innards of your personal space?

Like, for one example: I’m an out lesbian, but there’re some occasions where I’ll keep that to myself. You know, because homophobia still exists. While in class today, I at one point moved my laptop to the floor to capture footage of my cat (I’ll do a whole article about Cat Cameras later). As I moved, you could very clearly see the pride flag I have on my wall.

I don’t know why, but that kind of struck me. That’s what made me realize, “Oh hey, these people are totally in my space. That’s weird.”

There’re definitely worse things to have accidentally appear on camera, but still.

Anyways, I actually already wrote a whole article about students and cameras, so these are just some of my thoughts. I wonder what we’re going to do when we can meet in real life again. Will it feel strange, total strangers having an unrestricted view of us? I think so.

But hey, c’est la vie. I’m already hyping myself up to be perceived by others again.

Umtil next time.