short form

Keywords: short form
On a Saturday morning about a year ago I was only half paying attention to Good Moring America’s weekend morning news program. They announced that after the break they would be back with “Your Three Words.” I wondered what that was about. The idea seemed interesting and fun. When they returned they told us about the music and then aired the segment. What I saw immediately put a smile on my face....
Keywords: short form
 “Can we write anything?” This question stuck with me for days after the assignment. I began to wonder why it was repeatedly asked by my students. Didn’t they understand the freedom they were given? Then it dawned on me that the idea of literally writing anything in school was a foreign concept to them. They were always met with restrictions or parameters on most writing assignments. This led me...
Screen shot 2011-09-09 at 10.21.16 AM.png We found the types of writing that participants report most frequently are text messages and emails, along with some forms of academic writing. Texting was particularly important, as participants reported doing it frequently and valuing it highly. We expected the frequency. That participants valued texting surprised us. --...
Keywords: Twitter, texting, short form
Our lives are awash in short form compositions. What is the impact of these brief bursts of words and characters on teens, on teaching, and on writing itself?
Keywords: texting, teens, short form
texting-teens.jpg There is much handwringing over the impact texting is having on our kids' academic writing. As teens - and even younger children - text more, the thinking goes, the less they'll adhere to the standard structures of writing and composition, affecting their ability to write for school purposes. Well, as this article by Gary Stern points out, and as...
The once lowly # has enjoyed a renaissance as the symbol of choice - and meaning - on Twitter. In the New Yorker article, Hash, author Susan Orlean discusses the history of the hashtag phenomenon and how hashtags have now evolved into a suitcase of rhetorical strategies on Twitter. Originally conceived as a way to categorize tweets, they are now used as asides, for snark and as meta-commentary....
Despite the seeming limitation of 140 characters to express oneself, it turns out that you reveal regional dialects when tweeting. This piece from NPR, based on research from Carnegie Mellon University, informs us that, for example, the word "something," tweeted by people throughout the country, has been found to be reduced to "sumthin" in certain regions. The word is distilled even further to "...
wired-screenshot-1.jpg In his Wired essay "How Texts and Tweets Nurture In-Depth Analysis," published in January 2011, Clive Thompson argues that today's short-form thinking and composing practices like texting and tweeting are not in fact leading to a dumbing down of the public discourse. Rather, these short bursts, this "fire hose of teensy utterances," he says,...