Tuesday, December 23, 2008

\\ Screen & Media Studies - Writing essays //

Our traditional view of academic work is often very misleading. The process of study is frequently thought of as being primarily about reading. We speak of someone 'reading' for a degree: "She read Classics at Cambridge;" or "He's reading for a degree in Political Science." The popular image of the diligent student is of someone pouring(sic) over large tomes late into the night, surrounded by stacks of even more books, as yet unread. When this process of reading has been accomplished, it is assumed that the student will have completed his or her studies. They will have read their way through their discipline.It isn't like this. Being a student is a job like any other. Ultimately, it's not about consumption but production. Of course, reading plays a very large part in this; but it's not an end in itself. The purpose of reading is to gather materials in order to write.
\\ Screen & Media Studies - Writing essays //


Anonymous said...

I think sometimes technology is overrated. People are more tech-savvy now, but their language skills are atrocious.
Are we really "advanced" if we do not know how to communicate properly even as communication devices proliferate?

Jacqueline said...

Depends on what you mean by communicating "properly" - I have seen teenagers communicating extremely well among themselves - other have no idea what they are saying, but they are very clearly understood by their peer group.
For example, text messaging has its own language for communication. If you are very good at communicating in that new medium, but poor in pen and paper communication, are you a poor communicator in general? I don't think so.
I think that we (older folks) need to adjust our views of what constitutes "proper". To me, what is best is a multi-skilled person who can communicate in various "languages" - for example - c u l8tr - is perfectly correct when texting.
Tweeting has its own language, as does microblogging vs blogging vs essay writing.

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