So, who am I?
My name's Rob. I'm a "21E" (joint major) in Comparative Media Studies (CMS) and Computer Science (Course VI). I'm in my 8th semester and my 5th year here at MIT (does that make me a "super senior" yet?).
So, what am I doing in this class?
Well, I really have no personal interest in professional wrestling myself, but it sure is an interesting phenomenon I'm curious to learn a little bit more about. You don't seem to hear about it that often, yet from seemingly nowhere, there are a whole lot of people watching this stuff everyday. $40 for a single viewing of a pay-per-view wrestling event? That right there is amazing to me!
My main interests hover in the area of mass media and mass entertainment (videogames, television, etc.), so I think the unique success (why, who, where, how, etc.) of professional wrestling as a form of mass entertainment is probably what interests me the most about this subject.
In doing the readings and watching the documentary on Wednesday and Thursday I was already surprised to see just how far back wrestling goes as a fairly succcesful form of mass entertainment, so I'm curious to see how much the audience and what they get out of it has changed.
I also find it interesting how some things seemed to have changed dramatically over the years, yet the basic experience doesn't seem to be very different, so I'm interested in looking at how these changes have added or detracted from the enjoyment of wrestling, and whether they've really changed things at all or maybe just refined and distilled the experience that people have always enjoyed.
So, I guess that is about all I have to say!
I don't know much about professional wrestling, but I'm curious to learn more about it -- especially its success or lack thereof in the context of mass media and entertainment -- and see where this goes.