“Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” – Bertolt Brecht

It is now the end of the semester. And there are probable some of you wondering why my profiles pictures are of a creepy guy with glasses. This person is Bertolt Brecht, arguably one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th Century. I say arguably, because oddly enough, I can’t stand Brecht. This probably seems weird to you, because he is my profile pic, and I’ve even quoted him on my banner. I share a love/hate relationship with Brecht. I’ll come back to this at the end of this post.

This course has been interesting, fun and stimulating. I share a love/hate relationship it too. There are aspect of which I love, and those which I didn’t love so much. I’ll start with what I didn’t like, as to leave on a good note.

I’m not a blogger. I love to read blogs, I hate to write them. I tried a couple of times. I find blogs work best when you are passionate about the topic. Even when I tried to write on my passion, I still struggled writing a blog. As a non-blog writer, I found this course insanely tedious and challenging. However, I got through it. I’m here writing the final post. And I admit it could have been worse. The content has been interesting. And I certainly enjoyed the program and service reviews. I can’t really complain, I got to experience LittleBits, which without this course, I would have not be let in (thank you IFN614!). But it has not changed my opinion about blogs. Still love to read them, hate to write them.

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What I loved about this course however, was the assignments (said no one ever right?!). I really enjoyed the EOI and the Grant Application. I work in the world of theatre as a Production Designer, and I’m given a budget where I have produce a design that can be brought to life. This money doesn’t appear out of thin air (though that would be very theatrical), instead it is the hard work of general managers. They are constantly applying for grants in order to produce new pieces. I’ve never been directly responsible for a grant application, but I was aware of the process. No thanks to this course I have experienced that process, though I am slightly relieved knowing that it can’t be rejected. This course has provided me with an experience, I never thought I’d be able to do until the time was doomed upon me. Again thank you IFN614.

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And to Kate, you have been a wonderful teacher. I have enjoyed all your lectures, there is not one I haven’t enjoyed listening to on catch up, you have become part of my weekly routine. To all other teaching staff, you too have been great. The expectations for this course have been clear since the start. I have valued all your feedback. And lastly to my fellow student, I hope to see you (digitally of course) in 2017.

But what about Brecht! I hear you say. Brecht is like Shakespeare, if you strip back the work you find the beauty within it. When you add the man under the title, you get a collective sigh. I have met many people who love Brecht, but can never define why. In my mind they love the idea of Brecht, not Brecht. Therefore I hate Brecht, because I hate the idea of Brecht, but I love every aspect of his work.

I leave you with the quote:

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are

The information world is ever changing. This blog is here now, and will be for several weeks, but eventually, it will be gone, lost in a sea of data, only to be found in some distant time space continuum. This blog is the way it is now, it will not stay the way it is.

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