Two of a Kind or Two Distinct?
Two of a Kind or Two Distinct?
Case Western has a variety of writing displays. Whether it is assigned or personal it serves a specific purpose. Which brings me to my question, are virtual and physical writing similar, and/ or do they ever work in unison to accomplish an idea?
Physical writing consists of the every day signs and drawings we see walking to and from class or events. Usually these catchy, informal pieces of information flow together. For example, during rush weeks the sidewalks were covered with fraternity events and the billboard, on the backside of thwing, was guaranteed to be engulfed in paint revealing similar information. A topic we have once discussed in class was a billboard reading, “Party like a rockstar behind Wade.” Although the slogan proved to be inaccurate, it was still intriguing and was a proven success based on the attendance at the event. The billboard might not be the reason someone attends an event, but it may be the source of their knowledge. Also, the cork board on the other side of Thwing reveals many service opportunities and job openings on or near campus. This benefits all individuals who are seeking knowledge on related topics. It is helpful when information is available in one spot, as oppose to constantly searching for new sources of information.
Virtual writing on the other hand is a more formal, structured type of writing here at Case. An individual can usually rely on virtual writing to be fixed, as oppose to physical writing on campus which is continuously changing. Virtual writing, commonly thought of as the internet and its’ related sources, has countless options via the click of a button. Students, who rarely have an abundance of time during the week, find the Case website very useful. Students can check email, locate buildings on campus, check their schedule, and complete a variety of other tasks extremely efficiently. Virtual writing is a more descriptive sort of text.
Although physical and virtual writing are two distinct genres of expressing thought, they are similar in many ways. Both genres are assisted by and/ or created by students, group leaders, faculty, and other authoritative positions. The most fascinating of all similarities is how both physical and virtual writing relate to each other. The Wade arrows that are still on the ground from Welcome Days, direct students and visitors to a building in which they might have had a difficult time finding by themselves. The most popular physical genre on the sidewalk is “search on google: Who’s Ron Paul.” In my research I found that Ron Paul is a Congressman who is seeking a presidential nomination in the year 2008. This is a thoughtful and precise strategy in advertising. The effectiveness of this strategy is displayed during classes when students are reading about Ron Paul and visiting his site. Physical writing is useful in establishing ideas, but if curiosity still persists about the subject, an individual will utilize his or her virtual sources to further their research.