Nonreading generation of writers needs 12-step program

The scene: A college classroom at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The subject: Writing the newspaper column. The question: “Can any of you name a columnist you read — in a newspaper or magazine or online — on a regular basis?” In response: Dead silence. [...] “My generation is very visually oriented,” explains Ryan Schreiber, a U-M Dearborn junior from Dearborn who — like most in the class — is majoring…

A Game With a Low Body Count

Though “1893″ is a homage to bygone text adventures, the sophistication of the programming is a step up. In “Zork,” commands more complicated than, say, “attack troll with rusty knife” would confuse the game. But “1893″ can handle much more. “The parser is pretty elaborate at this point,” Mr. Nepstad said. “You can type ‘get ax,’ or you can type ‘pick up the short-handled ax and put it in the…

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blogs.setonhill.edu Hacked

blogs.setonhill.edu Hacked (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Many of the pages on the blogs.setonhill.edu website have been taken over. As far as I can tell, the blogs are operating correctly and the data are all safe, but the hack is taking over the display. Very frustrating, I am sure, for SHU bloggers. I’m seeking help right now. Update: It looks like the blog entries and everything else that bloggers have put into the…

What's so shocking about having second thoughts?

I’m glad I wrote the column, though, even if I’m wrong, because it helped bring into focus something else that I’ve been wanting to say for a long time, which is that it’s a sad state of affairs in our politics when people are so locked into being in one camp or the other that they can’t review the evidence as it presents itself and adjust their thinking accordingly. How…