Content Creation Online

44% of Internet users have created content for the online world through building or posting to Web sites, creating blogs, and sharing files In a national phone survey between March 12 and May 20, 2003, the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that more than 53 million American adults have used the Internet to publish their thoughts, respond to others, post pictures, share files and otherwise contribute to the…

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Academic Credit for Blogging

While no replacement for writing articles and books, and no one is going to get tenured or promoted through blogging (at least not today); but what I’ve called a serious blogger would get a big plus on the positive side on the ledger from me when it gets to merit review time! Failing to reward it would be failing to recognize that blogging is not just another new communication medium;…

New Programs, New Problems

I reworked the draft, adding some charts and tables to demonstrate that the program wouldn’t require any new dollars. But mostly I substituted abstract nouns for concrete ones, stuffed sentences with nominalizations, and replaced active verbs with passives, violating the rules of writing that students in the M.F.A. program would be expected to follow. –Dennis Baron –New Programs, New Problems (Chronicle) Note: I added the above links. I’m not part of…

Sensory Immersion vs. Pain

Sensory Immersion vs. PainJerz’s Literacy Weblog) My son got a splinter in his hand this weekend. He wasn’t too happy when my wife told him she’d have to remove it with a needle. I suggested that maybe I could try tweezers first. “What are tweezers?” he asked. “Kind of like little pliers,” I said. I poked the tweezers into the palm of my hand, showing him the red mark but…