Why Social Networking Should Become a Requirement for Writing Courses

     Robert Lanham’s “Internet-Age Writing Syllabus” and Cameron Dodd’s “College Writing Assignments with Real-World Applications” both joke about how modern day technology has taken over our lives, and nothing seems to be quite as important as our twitter or facebook or any other type of social networking. We tend to use the internet or our cellphones for everything nowadays instead of just communicating in person. Although these articles seem to be making fun of our generation, I think they actually have some good ideas of how writing courses and assignments of today’s contemporary world should be. Why not get students interested in their subjects by using the media we are comfortable with? This blog, for example, is a great way for students to actually WANT to write. Rather than writing a long term paper, writing a blog would be considered a lot more fun and would still get the point across. Instead of criticizing the contemporary world for their use of media, we should embrace it and make it more useful. What if there really were writing classes specifically designed to help you with blogging and tweeting? Students would love it, and we could make these social networks more educational. The class that is all about tweeting, for example, could even have their own class trend, just like Professor Dywer’s hashtag: #cm213. We need to accept the fact that technology is taking over, and we might as well learn as much about it as we possibly can. Writing may be a lot more informal this way, but it could still be just as expressive and informative. We tend to spend less time stressing out about every single punctation mark when writing on the internet, therefore we can spend even more time getting our points across and communicating even more information.