yancey and writing in the 21st century

Kathleen Black Yancey in her recent NCTE report Writing in the 21st Century (pdf) touched a chord for mobile teaching of writing. Yancey sketches a 19th and 20th century history of writing in America, and mentions the changing spaces of composing, from pen and ink, to pencil, to ballpoint, to typewriter, to stand-alone PC, to… Continue reading yancey and writing in the 21st century

elements of styles

Here’s an observation from Jonathan Yardly at the Washington Post that pinpoints exactly where appeals to StrunkNWhite go wrong: As White writes: “Avoid the elaborate, the pretentious, the coy, and the cute. Do not be tempted by a twenty-dollar word when there is a ten-center handy, ready and able.” As both Strunk and White were… Continue reading elements of styles

yay print

From Wired Campus: New Report Says Digital Textbooks Are off Track – Chronicle.com New Report Says Digital Textbooks Are off Track A growing number of textbook publishers are offering digital editions these days, but a new study by a student group argues that many of those digital editions do not have the features that students… Continue reading yay print

little new under the late may sun

I just finished reading the new Pew Report: Writing, Technology and Teens. Much of the report is old-hat to comp/rhet types, but it provides some significant triangulation with other studies. Pew rediscovers using surveys and focus groups what rhet/comp has been seeing for years in smaller cases. And there’s some interesting stuff that could be… Continue reading little new under the late may sun

looking forward to looking forward

We’re beginning to wrap things up in Weblogs and Wikis. Starting tomorrow, we’re back to face to face meetings with two ends: project presentations, and some discussions of implications – looking back and looking forward. The discussion idea came to me late last week when I ran into a posting on The Ed Techie, a… Continue reading looking forward to looking forward

reference to not reverence for The Literary

One of those read-it-fast-and-set-it-aside-for-later pieces. Sebastian Mary at if:book gives a useful OV of the present state of the Web in literary (and Literary) publishing: friday musings on the literary. The Web is a cultural space where the high and low, working out their relative positions, bring the ideology of The Literary to the fore.… Continue reading reference to not reverence for The Literary