An Idiot Abroad

I just watched the penultimate episode of Karl Pilkington’s An Idiot Abroad where he travels to Peru and Machu Picchu. Since Y and I got cable TV, I have eagerly looked forward each week to this program created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant on the Science Channel. In each episode, Gervais and Merchant pick a new great wonder of the world for Karl to visit in the hopes that the process of visiting these places and interacting with peoples around the world that Karl may become a more cosmopolitan person rather than the provincial person he seems to be. Next week at 10PM on the Science Channel is the series finale, but there is talk that there will be a second series that focuses on Karl’s ‘bucket list.’

[Warning to Safari users: the Science Channel’s An Idiot Abroad website crashes Safari every time that I visit it. I would suggest using another browser to access that site.]

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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