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A "Nobody" - watching not playing

Emily Dickinson talks about people like me in her poem: "I'm Nobody."
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I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -- don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

There is value in being nobody. . . a non-player. At times in my life, I have been more of an observer than a player and, in retrospect, I value those times. Being somebody is a huge responsibility.

Preparing to Play - studying and learning

I will be somebody when I'm done studying and learning. I have a philosophy of studying and learning that is relevant to this discussion:

When I read books, I read what someone else has learned.
What I take from books is what I learn.
What I build from what I took from what others have learned. . . that is what I give back.

This is my current understanding of education, formal and informal. This is what I strive to do: learn enough to give back.

The obstacles to giving back are not just academic, of course. Certainly, a person's internal shortfalls can hinder the ability of that person to better society.

By way of example, recently I've been examining the concept of the man, you know, the one who keeps the average, honest person down. Perhaps, the man is nothing more than a person's insecurities personified.

The Man, AKA "the lady in my head" - keeping myself down

School is taking me an absurd amount of years to finish. My habit, until very recently, is to view the nearing completion of a degree as inspiration to apply for another program. It appears to be my goal, as it was my mother's before me, to be ridiculously over-qualified for any work that might interest me.

As areas of study go, law and mass communications are a healthy match. It would be a fair argument that, in this day of common-place litigation and pervasive regulation, the study of law is a good fit with almost every area of professional endeavor. I would not disagree with this assertion.

Law is most interesting, in my humble opinion, when applied to substantive areas that are changing and, therefore, provide novel applications of established legal principles. Mass communications is one of those substantive areas where the law is changing literally daily. My thesis covers legal issues arising from mass communication's most volatile medium, the Internet. - an overview of my coming thesis (Fall 2005) -