Wednesday, December 08, 2004

It's the End of Democracy (and Rhetoric) as We Know It

...and I feel fine. This semester's English 1101 class has reached its conclusion, and for now, this entry will serve as a brief wrap-up to the course and some of the questions we've considered. After reviewing student's "discussion blogs" and group blog projects, I'm pretty convinced that blogging has serve an active role in the success of these sections of English 1101. The blogs were designed in part to grapple with the practice of writing for the public, as well as the role of rhetoric in democracy, specifically within the context of US elections, and many students seemed to grasp the value of blogging. In the words of Grant C:
In the future, blogging will only grow. I mean, where else can you publicly bitch about the government, or school, or about how bad the pizza you ate for lunch was?
After my experiences in English 1101, I hope to use this space to navigate questions about rhetoric and democracy, although I'm not sure what form that will take. I'll try to write several other entries that seek to make connections bewteen different students' observations and to work through their concepts to develop an overall narrative for the course. In the past, I've abandoned my course blogs at the end of the semester, often without any kind of signpost or explanation for what you're seeing.

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At 5:09 PM, Blogger Hope said...

Prof Tryon,

I was wondering if you were going to let us know what our grade was for our class blogs and for our group blog projects or if the only way we'd know how we did was when we saw our final grade.

Anyway, I really enjoyed your class.

Thanks.

~Jessica Foster
9:35 class

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger chutry said...

Send me an email and I'll let you know your grades on these projects. I would have mentioned it in class, but in teh end-of-semester rush, I forgot.

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger Rich W said...

This is Rich Ward from your 1:35 class. I'd really like to see my grades for the blogs and the group project, but I don't have your email with me since I left my papers at school. My email is gtg902v@mail.gatech.edu if you could get in touch with me that would be great.

Thanks in advance

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Billy said...

Dr. Tryon,

Thank you very much for providing me with such a great experience. I will take all that you have given me about democracy, speaking your rights, and being fluent in writting with me through out college. I wan't to thank you fro a great first semester, and wish you good luck on all of your projects and publications. Thank you again. See you on the blogs!

-Billy Kihei
gtg498u@mail.gatech.edu

 
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At 8:36 AM, Blogger DI said...

Allow me to point out one thing even though I was not a member of this class, I tend to also belive that the reason why many instructors are turning into blogging is because it is through such a set up that even shy students can be able to communicate and contribute in discussions.

 
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