“You hate to read but you’re going to be a teacher … Lord help us”, is what my wife said when I finished my registration for UTA. Two English classes later and I signed up for English 3372 because of the interesting title of Computers and Writing. Here I was thinking that this class was going to be about the life and writings of programmers but boy was I wrong.
I had my doubts at the beginning until our Professor said,”there are NO assigned books for this class.” At that moment, Professor Hara seemed to be floating in class with her harp and wings slowly moving in the air conditioned classroom. I swear that I almost heard 8 pound, 6 ounce baby Jesus say,”you’re welcome.”
What I didn’t hear when baby Jesus spoke to me was that we would have to read web articles, old writings about the future of our “electronic” lives, create a Twitter account and even write a blog. I actually remember doing my “confused dog look” when the last 2 were mentioned.
I had heard about blogs before this class but actually thought that only really smart and emotionally damaged people wrote blogs and I didn’t think that I fit into either one of those genres. As for Twitter, back in 2007, I actually thought to myself, “this crap will never catch on” but now I have to send out 10 random thoughts a day but found myself tweeting about the same things that made me wonder, “who on earth is reading my ramblings?”
I guess the little boy from The Matrix was right when he said,” Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth … There is no spoon.”
(Wait I’m going somewhere with this)
Little did I know that my classmates and I would become the primary authors that would be covered in the class. We became the working model of Web 2.0. By becoming an author in Web 2.0, I can say (with a grin) that I’m now part of the Matrix. My want to learn about how computers and writing actually blended together creating something that I’m actually proud of.
What comes next is completely up to you, and you, and yes … you too.
Welcome to the web. Don’t worry, if you don’t like it, it will change pretty soon.