August 29, 2003

Blogs Now Part of College Curriculum

Criminy. We have learned tonight that a professor at the taxpayer-funded Georgia Institute of Technology has directed his students to read and write about various blogs as part of an introductory English course.

Actually, we think this is rather cool, except for two small faults. First, through some inexplicable omission, the course has thus far failed to mention Benjamin Kepple's Daily Rant in its listing of famous blogs. Second, after an examination of the course blog, we notice it contains a bit of academic jargon (or, as an Associated Press writer once put it, 'educanto.'):

Read sections from each of the following three blogs. Then, pick one blog, and take a closer look. For your second blog entry, you will then discuss how that one blog makes its arguments. You may use the questions on 100-102 to provoke your thoughts, but for the most part, you'll want to focus on (1) locating a central argument; (2) analyzing the language and style of the argument; and (3) determining how the author establishes ethos, pathos, and logos.

Ethos? Pathos? Logos? Gad. I'm nauseos already.

Anyway, if any of the students taking this course happen to read this entry, we would advise you of a few things:

1. We are reactionary elitists here at The Rant. Your professors probably don't like everything for which we stand. Hence, you should read and write about our efforts as much as you possibly can. Quote extensively from our blog archives.

2. Because we are reactionary elitists, we use certain rhetorical devices from time to time, such as writing in the plural instead of the singular. Your professors will probably not like this. By the way, they're also going to eventually force you to use some awful grammatical constructs like "s/he" or "policeperson" or "editrix" in your writing. That's crap. He is the gender-neutral pronoun in proper English. Use it. They'll get over it.

3. If we ever used the phrase "ethos, pathos, and logos" in our daily life we would be out of a jobos. Write clear and concise. Hemingway shall smile upon you.

You know, Hemingway. ERNEST. HEMINGWAY. The Sun Also Rises and all that.

4. We have noticed your professor wrote at one point, "Several of you have asked me about what limitations I'll place on your blog writing."

You are students at a public university. You are obligated to act like students, and hence not ask such things. Also, quit kowtowing to your professors. Oh, sure, they may seem "far out" and "with it" because they go on and on about Engels and Fannon all day. This is all very calculated. Remember! When you strip away all the academic jargon and the high-minded policy talks and the idealism and the cant ...

They are exactly like your parents.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at August 29, 2003 01:45 AM | TrackBack

I fought that battle of the pronoun with a Business Communications professor a couple years ago. Seems business has "progressed" to the point where it's considered rude to use "he" and "his" as a general/gender-neutral expression. I was warned that that wouldn't be tolerated in business and that my disagreement wouldn't be tolerated in that class.

Posted by: Kevin White at August 29, 2003 10:54 PM