In addition to my Comp I classes, this semester I’m teaching a couple of Comp II classes. At UTSA Comp I is a class that instructs students on the finer points of informative writing, while Comp II is argumentative based. Since Comp II is argumentative most of the class is devoted to helping students discuss various issues as a way ignite critical thinking, in hopes that they will become impassioned and anxious to write about their opinions. Each week is devoted to a particular social topic, and each week a group of students prepares and delivers a presentation on that topic. This week was obesity and fast food.
The presenters asked if they could bring a laptop and show a small clip from Morgan Spurlock’s “Super-size Me.” I said sure. So today the group brought in their material, which included a laptop, and they began setting up at the beginning of class. One of the young men in the group had brought the laptop, but he had borrowed it from his sister and wasn’t very familiar with the controls, so the rest of the group went ahead and started the presentation while he worked on getting their clip up and running.
Now, keep in mind that he’s got the laptop hooked up to a projector, which is displaying the screen of the laptop behind him. He was facing the class and the projector screen was behind him, and because the laptop was hooked into the projector he had to turn 180 degrees to see what was on the screen. He told us he had the clip ready, his group members got quiet, and the class looked up at the projector. He clicked play on Windows Media Player, and the video started playing.
Except the video that started playing wasn’t a clip from “Super-size Me.” The clip that started playing was a gay porn. And not just meat and potatoes gay sex, either. It was a full-on pile of man orgy. A sweating, grunting pile of gay love. Right in the middle of class.
Needless to say we didn’t get a hell of a lot done after that.
And we’re still early in the semester. I can’t wait to see what happens next.