Ketchup is a Vegtable, War is Peace, Orange is the New Black (Blog Post No.5)

Ketchup is a vegetable in the year 2000

The year 2000 is the future. Nothing with be the same. We will have to know a whole new language just to get around. Car fly. Pigs, too. It is an amazing word. It’s the future and what we thought things were are not what we thought.

Just trying to set the stage to talk a bit about an article I read from way back in 2010. The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative, as written by Heather Chaplin, starts off with the radical idea of writing no longer being writing. The integration of other forms of media is increasingly becoming an integral part of the story people are telling. Yes, there is room for that fascinating type of mixed media to find its way into the classroom. We should help student learn to incorporate those elements to supplement their writing and ideas. However, when David Boardman, an English teach interviewed for the piece is quoted as,“I think the definition of writing is shifting….I don’t think writing happens with just words anymore,” I kind of say, “wait…wha’now??”

Let me say that I am a straight up hater when it comes to redefining. It should be outlawed in many cases. Writing is writing, and video is video, and other media is other media. If you asked video, I don’t it would want to be writing. It likely think that writing is so boring and strange.

 Continuing on… The main scope of the article seemed to be focused a collaborative approach to writing that seemed to gaining popularity. The novelist as a lone shark swimming in his own little pond and keeping all his fishy ideas was on the tributary to the collaborative ocean. The ideas would run freely and we would have to change how we credit writers.

Collaborative writing and authoring was an interesting idea to see in play as the future of the written work. I was mistakenly under the impression that writers collaborate quite often with other authors, researchers, or even fans prior to 2010. I could be mistaken. I usually am. Maybe I should shift the definition of mistake towards 100% right.



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