Re: Let's Talk About College


Subject: Re: Let's Talk About College
From: John Nowak (lists@johnnowak.com)
Date: Tue Oct 04 2005 - 14:26:00 EDT


On Oct 4, 2005, at 8:44 AM, Morgan Sutherland wrote:

> Are you serious? You must realize that my improper word choice should
> not be taken with such offense!

I'll make sure to go by your facial expressions next time.

> I'm looking at colleges. I have not seen any of them.

And you're not going to. Going to college for "computer music" is a
losing game. I tried that. Doesn't work. Try adjusting your focus to
"new media art" and things go a lot easier. At the very least, you
get to build artful robots and make perdy video installations if you
do it right. Single channel media doesn't cut it in this post-post-
modern age boy. You've got to do it all! Once you realize that,
you'll soon realize most colleges that offer such things suck, but
there are a few that Suck Less™. I happen to think the Design &
Technology program at Parsons is one of them. Good atmosphere. RISD
is a mess. It's Parsons or the west coast for you; At least as far as
I know. Another way to go is snagging a liberal arts degree if you're
a patient type. Eugene Lang is a great way to waste your time.
Columbia is good if you're the ambitious type. Honestly, don't go the
the west coast. They're crazies out there.

> Yeah, saying "aim higher" may have been the
> wrong words, but that is what I've gathered so far, that Berklee is a
> sort of music trade school (the best albeit), but not, as a college, a
> competitor with Columbia or MIT for instance.

No, you're entirely right. Berklee sucks. Who wants to hang out with
a bunch of John Mayer wannabes?

> I've learned to watch my mouth when speaking of universities, but you
> must allow me to the room to learn this lesson.

Honestly, hit me up off list if you want some help. I just felt like
taking the piss out of you a bit first... Mostly because I was acting
the same way not too long ago. Do take seriously what I said above
though. College is largely a massive scam. It isn't really a "get the
best" sort of game. It is much more a "get the least worst".
Especially if your main interest is computer music. I think you're
beginning to see that already.

I also have a severe "ability to word things in a non-dick manner"
problem, especially as now when I just woke up. Don't let my tone
stop you from taking me seriously though... Just having been through
this myself, I'd suggest I'm saving you a lot of time. Hizzah.

Okay, coffee time... I'll regret this later...

- John



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