Digitizing Dewey: Blogging an Ethic of Community

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Computers and Composition Online


Special Issue: Ethics in a Digital Age


[First Paragraph] This webtext discusses two elements of writing classroom pedagogy which at first glance might seem at odds with one another: blogging and community engagement. Blogging is typically used to facilitate periodic student writing about personal interests. In a recent Computers and Composition Online webtext, Geoffrey Middlebrook (2010) argues that if we as compositionists wish to provide students with meaningful opportunities for writing, then “blogs should be perceived as a rich and flexible resource waiting to be wielded for the personal, intellectual, and vocational benefit of students.” Overall, Middlebrook’s articulation of the potential use of blogs in the writing classroom echoes the way teachers in our field typically understand the rhetorical exigence of blogs: the cultivation and validation of the self in digitally public ways within the ethical framework of negotiating the intersection, indeed the conflation of private student voices and the digital publics (Miller & Shepherd; Benson and Reyman, 2009; Lindgren, 2005).


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Richards, D. (2011). Digitizing Dewey: Blogging an ethic of community. Computers and Composition Online. (Special Issue: Ethics in a Digital Age, Virtual Classroom), http://cconlinejournal.org/ethics_special_issue/richards/