November 13, 2007

Writing the archive...

What there is writing that goes on in an archive besides the stuff going down on the stuff they are saving? Yep, and depending on where you you go, they could be saving something completely different than you thought they would.

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September 28, 2007

Separation of of the Spaces...?

Writing in the tangible Case differs from the writing in the virtual Case; however, the relationship between the two forms of writing is like a family--everyone has there differences and yet they all come together to make something better.

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September 21, 2007

Taboo...oh wait, Tattoo...and Piercings too

Body art is certainly a way to express yourself, but is there a point at which interpretation and reaction to that body art take away from the intended effect?

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September 13, 2007

people write things other than papers...

Many people have the preconceived notion that in college classes you will have to write a lot of papers, and depending on the class that might be true. But in reality, or at least in my neck of the woods, there is a lot more than that going on. One of my friends said that most of what is written in college is written in a kind of IM speak or as statement of facts (e.g. a poster about sexual assault that can be found in every bathroom on campus) when I told her about this blog assignment. Now I can honestly see the validity of that statement.

On my floor there are a few dry-erase board stuck to peoples’ doors and there will be some little message on them, like an “I’m away” message that you see when you’re busy doing something other than IM-ing your friends. The majority of the time I can walk around the halls and most of the doors will be open and about half of the rooms that I look in there is an AIM window open on the occupants computer and in almost every room Facebook is up and the people are checking it. I am one of those people, sometimes. After noticing the numbers of people who communicate through instant messaging it makes sense that they will use that when they are communicating informally with one another through a written medium. The thing that strikes me as funny is the amounts of the IM speak that makes it into the spoken vocabulary. One of my friends uses “obvy” for obvious when he speaks and everybody knows what he means.

Even though they use those IM speak phrases in an informal setting, they don’t transfer over into the formal writing for classes—the few papers that I looked over for the people on my floor didn’t anyway. And as much complaining that people do about writing those papers, they actually work on them and get them done. One of the girls in my dorm told me that in high school she would always put things off until it was almost too late, but now she has four pages of a five page paper written and it isn’t due until Monday.

When Rebekah Nathan wrote her piece, she wrote not only about the actual words that were written in the dorms, but also about the pictures that adorned the students’ doors. On my floor we are still trying to get to know everybody so the name tags are still in a prominent position on all the doorways. I can see why Nathan included that in here writing—pictures can convey more in less time than it takes to read the 1000 words that each picture is worth.

I don’t think that there will be a time when IM-ing becomes the only communication within the dorms, but it is increasing in popularity. Instant messaging has become the quick and easy way to communicate with peers, but the formal writing that must be done hasn’t been changed from the sometimes-dull academic prose that it always has been.

August 28, 2007

so a little cheating won't hurt...will it?

It may be kind of cliche to say this but it's true: you play like you practice. Now, I realize that what is done is a way different that what happens on a field of play, but in this case, what goes for one goes for the other. Especially in high school.

For me soccer is more than just a game, but there is nothing worse than watching a spot on the team that you know that you deserve--not just gut feeling, but because of your experience and time that you put into playing--go to someone who hasn't played for years. The obvious question that I had was "Why is this happening?" Then the realization that the guy who took the spot was the son of important members of the community, and it appeared to almost everyone that their influence was what got their son the spot on the team. Plus, high school athletics in my hometown are notoriously political, in the sense that the people who put the most money into their son's or daughter's "athletic career" are rewarded with playing time or a spot on a team that they may not be the best candidate for. This form of cheating is a killer for a matter how it is spun, someone who deserves a spot gets left by the wayside. And what does the school do? Any guesses? Nothing, simple as that.

Then the kicker (no pun intended) comes: you have the coach as a teacher, and if he even thinks that you were cheating in the classroom, the assignment that you were working on is automatically an F, no questions wanted.

What I get from experiences like that is that high school says that it is okay to cheat in certain areas like the sports teams if it makes them "better." Because of that students--at least in my high school--didn't take teachers' cautions and go ahead and cheat blatantly without fear.

What do you think other students get out this when it comes to writing? I found out last year just how far students would go without thinking repercussions would ensue. In my senior English class our second semester grade rode on a major writing assignment. We had to write a minimum 10-page research paper on a topic of choice, but our research had to be original. We found out in my class how strict the teacher was with her rules. One student wrote his paper but forgot to note about three paragraphs in several spots to a source. He did it unashamedly. And his grade suffered for it. Terribly, but justly. The thing isn't that the teacher did the right thing it is that this particular senior in high school didn’t think that there was anything wrong with what he did, and as of right now, I have serious doubts that he won't fall back on this method of "doing" homework in college.

High school should be the place where good study skills, work habits, and ethical behavior are “practiced” so when you “play” in college you will be able to survive the activities you’re involved in. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case.

August 27, 2007


This is a test thingy for my blog.