I’m not the world’s best college professor, but every now and then I work a little classroom magic and manage to teach my students something useful. And sometimes, in the process, I do my bit to help save the country.
Last spring I helped save the country by introducing my Harry Potter and his Avatars class to Bobby Darin.
Last week I got right to work again.
Going over the rules and regs, nuts and bolts, and whys and wherefores for Digital Commoners, I pointed out that this was as much as anything else a writing course. Good blogging is good writing, I told them. What puts the social in social media is the ability to communicate well and that means writing well. I don’t just expect you to write well for college students. I expect you to write well for the Honors students that you are.
Consequently, I continued, from time to time I’ll be talking about writing and passing along some tips about grammar, usage, and style. Some of the tips will be in the way of guidelines. Others will be hard and fast rules.
Here’s your first rule.
If you ever begin a post with the phrase “In today’s society…” you fail the class immediately.
There. That should take care of that.
You’re welcome, America.