I'm in a computer lab in chilly Ohio with a class writing a final essay. It's a pretty complex assignment, a primary short story, and then one source they've had for a week, and one brand new source.
They are to write a final essay that analyzes the text and uses the two sources to support their thesis.
They have 90 minutes.
As I sit here and look around, 13 of the 20 have earbuds in or headphones on.
Yes, I like to be in my own little world as well, and in the car I blast my Sleater-Kinney and The Pixies.
But for fuck's sake, does anyone who's met the typical 19 year old American college student believe they can REALLY multi-task enough to write a final exam while they're listening to music?
I feel like I'm channeling Walter here, but these crazzy motherfuckers baffle me.