[Criminalizing Writing]

How can we ask our students to read great literature and then criminalize them when they respond, on occasion, with the angry bitterness of Hamlet? Clearly, we’re not dealing with the proverbial “isolated incidents” here. FEAR ITSELF is loose in America and it needs to be addressed, strongly, powerfully, by all of us who teach composition and encourage written expression. –John Lovas –[Criminalizing Writing] (Jocalo’s Blog) An important set of observations……

How to become an obnoxious internet cam whore in five easy steps.

Writing bad poetry is easy when you disregard meter, pace, and rhyming scheme. Just make sure to follow a few simple guidelines: 1. Never write about anything cheerful. Remember, you are a tortured artist. Be one. 2. Be sure to use the following words at least once per sentence, no fewer than 50 times per poem: lament, loathe, soul, darkness, bitter, agony, despair, misery, anguish, pain, suffer, woe, hate, death,…

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Bizarre tale of boy who used internet to plot his own murder

The final internet chatroom exchange took place on 28 June last year. “U want me 2 take him 2 trafford centre and kill him in the middle of trafford centre??” said one message. “Yes,” came the reply. Less than 24 hours later, a 14-year-old boy was critically ill in hospital with stab wounds in the chest and stomach. At first it seemed as though a brutal, but straightforward, robbery had…

Openness, Publication and Scholarship

It’s exciting to see the topic generate such interest and activity – especially since that’s one of the premises on which the Disseminary is based. One of the topics involves the question of what the various conversants mean by “open,” which I’d summarize with the following list of opennesses: “open source” (Stephen Carlson’s emphasis): primary texts freely available online. “open access”: Scholarship should be available to the reading public apart…