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  1. 1. “A culture of speed rubs up against a culture of slowness and conquers what it can.” Abandoned drive-ins are just one sign of the cultural shift towards nomadicity.
  2. 2. New roles have been assigned… Leaving old haunts long behind
  3. 3. And quickly we learn “All the World’s A Stage….” “….And All the Men and Women Merely Players”
  4. 4. In the new nomadic culture… “People must mask themselves in their roles”
  5. 5. But…. “The mask never melts utterly into the face”
  6. 6. Trapped in the Time Capsule “Some part of us is always backstage”
  7. 7. Zen and the Art of “Nomadic Lifestyle” Maintenance Or…. another blurry face in the community oil painting?
  8. 8. Field of Dreamers It seems the audience has exited and decided to each take their own stage.
  9. 9. To Be or Not to Be, What’s My Role? “We really have to protect people from wrong choices.”
  10. 10. Blazing Trails or Following Footsteps? Gutter Ball How long will I be waiting in the on deck Circle?
  11. 11. Casey Get Your Bat Could “Casey at the Bat” swing some sense into my confusion
  12. 12. “Casey at the Bat” By: Ernest Thayer A straggling few got All crowds need a hero, up to go in deep just as the hero needs a crowd…… despair. The rest Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast; They thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at that - We'd put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat.
  13. 13. 1st …… 2nd...... 3rd……. And all the players need a Role to make their mothers proud…. But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all, And Blake, the much despis-ed, tore the cover off the ball; And when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred, There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.
  14. 14. A Familiar Summer Home Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and For even the hometown hero, somewhere who crushed our hope hearts are light, in the breathless clutch; And only failed in hitting the goal somewhere while playing his role just as much men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no
  15. 15. The crisp spring air pours through me… I dig my steel toes into the batters box and try to see beyond the centerfield fence line… I daydream about crushing curveballs into the stratosphere like Roger Maris I daydream that there’s two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Nolan Ryan’s on the mound… And I realize that most of my heroes are people I’ve never even met…. They’ve been broadcast into my world…
  16. 16. “There's nothing we can do. It's always been this way. Before me, before you, before the ones who came before you. Back and back and back.”
  17. 17. The Setting Sun Closes the Curtain on the Good Ole’ Days, Ushering in the Era of the New Nomad
  18. 18. Dark Days for the Hometown Hero Could Casey’s strikeout represent the end of an era? Was this the end of the small town community as we know it? What happened to the residents of Mudville after the hometown hero’s infamous failure?
  19. 19. Maybe it’s not that the Casey-like characters ever left but that the crowd stopped watching. Maybe Casey’s still at the bat.
  20. 20. If we are going to seek roles we could use some role models…… …..If we are going to continue to use more “extensions of self” we could use a little direction.
  21. 21. Or are We Too Far Gone to Get back Home? “Things do not change; we change”
  22. 22. With the signs of spring all around us, I wonder what changes- if any- the new season will bring to the cultural landscape
  23. 23. All Photos were Taken By Josh Anderson Between 4/01 and 4/07 of 2009. Gitlin, Todd. Media Unlimited. First Holt paperbacks ed. New York: Holt Paperbacks, 2007. Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993 Shakespeare, William. As You Like it. Arden ed. of works by William Shakespeare. London; New York: Routledge, 1989. Thayer, Ernest. “Casey at the Bat.” Baseball Almanac. 3 April 2009. Thoreau, Henry David. Walden.150th anniversary illustrated ed. of the American Classics. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
  24. 24. Todd Gitlin is quoted on slides 2, 5, 6, and 7 Lois Lowry is quoted on slides 11 and 18 William Shakespeare is quoted on slide 4 Ernest Thayer is quoted on slides 14, 15, and 16 Henry David Thoreau is quoted on slide 25