Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

26 Nov 2001, 15:27 p.m.

I'm going to the gym in just a moment, really…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I'm going to the gym in just a moment, really I am. I worked on my paper some this morning, skipping handball and Russian (horror!), and then had a very enjoyable lunch with my sister. She helped/made me articulate some arguments I'll use in my paper. Have I mentioned I have a paper due Thursday? I'm going to analyze various proposals which seek to regulate or remove sex and violence in TV and films, and/or to remove or regulate ads for alcohol and tobacco. While talking to Nandini, I articulated the (as always, obvious in hindsight) argument that these proposals seek to attack various parts of the message-reception/persuasion process (e.g., exposure, source credibility, uncontested message).

Russian history lecture: fun! As we approach the end of the semester, we also approach the Russian Revolutions, which makes me feel as though I should hear peppy music, e.g., "Y'all Ready For This," at the end of each lecture.

Russian history amuses and fascinates me. A giant gap emerged, by the beginning of this century, between an ancient monarchical government and a huge, century-old radical movement with this elaborate and ultra-intellectual ideology. I really like tracing those developments.

Really, I'm going to practice my handball now (aiee!) and then go home and work on that paper.