While I enjoyed reading quite a few of the poems assigned for this week, I was actually most captivated by Duggan's explanation of the background of the Carmina Burana.
The students of the era from which the Carmina Burana arose seem not terribly different from the students of today. Their preoccupation with games, sex, and drinking as featured in their poems certainly seems to fit the bill of modern students, and I find it hilarious that there are at least two documented instances of mobs of students grabbing a bunch of weapons and attacking bars for overcharging on wine. The sentiment and the outrage, despite lacking in execution, I think is still present when it comes to young people today crying out against injustice, especially when it affects them.
I also found it humorous how Duggan compared that generation's grasp of logic to be comparable to the Millennial and Gen Z generations' grasp on how computers function in modern society. That this would be something so radical, so game-changing is difficult for me to fully comprehend, but the comparison certainly paints an interesting picture.
What is less humorous was the uncertainty around the changing times. Again, this is something very present in today's climate (even beyond the particular challenges of 2020). I think that the tendency for modern students to laugh at their own unease and worry is mirrored in the Walter of Chatillon excerpts Duggan provides. I think both groups of students also worry mostly that those put in charge over them care more about money than the interests of the public at large.
Finally I just want to say I found those excerpts from The Gospel According to the Mark of Silver to be very amusing parodies, and were almost in line with the Terry Pratchett and Monty Python school of humor. I would be very interested in reading the full translation!