Last night was the kick-off event for my grad-school program’s alumni association. I used my new video camera to ask attendees about their favorite memories from the year-long program—some shared that they’d met their future husbands/wives/fiancees in the program; others shared stories about running to their faculty advisers’ offices to drop off their theses, minutes before they were due. And some people chose to talk about the social-science theorist that they’d most want to hang out with today: Goffman, Marx, Durkheim (“because structural functionalism is awesome”).
But unfortunately, there’s no sound to go along with the video. I forgot to flip the mike switch to “on.”