With the widening generational gap of the smartphone era, professors in older age groups are having a harder time connecting with their students and earning their attention. However, one genius Creative Writing professor may have cracked the code. Dr. Paul Avido enacted his master plan last week by putting memes in his PowerPoint for the day.
When the lecture began, students were asked if they “[knew] de whey” to brainstorm for nonfiction stories; sources say that Dr.Avido continued to talk in a vaguely racist Ugandan accent for the remainder of the class. After explaining “how Italians brainstorm” and jumping in the air while declaring “the floor is bad writing practices,” the professor worked his way through the day’s topics of study, which were all presented as screenshots of Spotify playlists. Avido ended his class by reminding his students of his office hours and that they could always “cash [him] on the ousside.”
“Look, I know I’m not getting any younger,” said Avido, explaining his reasoning. “And these kids are always going to need a guiding influence in their lives. Without it – without me – they’d be lost. Taking the steps to bond with them over a mutual appreciation of internet culture is the kind of connecting presence that’ll keep them from eating Tide Pods and touching each others’ spaghett.”
Despite the clearly inherent genius of this plan, responses to the experimental lecture were overwhelmingly negative. “It’s an embarrassment is what it is,” said Digital Humanities major Raven Willis. “He clearly just doesn’t get how outdated his memes are. The “most ambitious crossover” meme from last week? This is amateur hour.”
However, not all responders hated the presentation. Many students were grateful that the class only lasted 10 minutes, as the stated theme of the day was “Creative writing lecture but it keeps getting faster.”
One student was ecstatic about the change to Avido’s lecture style: Jaime Fogenster, a freshman film student and self-described “memelord.” “Ermagerd! He yersd merms!” said Fogenster, bouncing with joy and nearly losing his fedora. “I certainly hope I can haz moar memes and that he’s never gonna give it up.” The interview with Fogenster ended when he asked, “Learning and memes? Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait,” and our team narrowly managed to escape in the ensuing silence.
Avido is currently on academic hiatus after placing Pepe the Frog in one of his slide decks last Wednesday and being hailed by local white supremacist groups as a champion of free speech.