Apparently, people read their referral logs a little more carefully than I do becuase several bloggers have noticed my links to them for the rhetorical analysis assignment I gave my students:
Comments so far:
- Oliver Willis:“An English course at Georgia Tech is studying blogs as part of the curriculum. I’m one of the “famous blogs” being studied. We are soooooo screwed.”
- Right Wing News: There’s something very satisfying about being considered a “famous blogger”. Of course, it’s not as cool as actually being studied in class…
- Rachel Lucas:Your kindly professor is clearly a brilliant and wise man (okay, I left the end of that quotation out, but thought that was a nice bit).
Okay, I wasn’t really expecting to get this much attention when I linked to these other folks’ blogs, and so I’m feeling a bit on my heels right now, but I really did find each one of the blogs I’ve linked compelling in some way, and I think their reactions to my assignment actually point to the complexity of the medium–it’s not a simple, static thing, and audiences change and shift depending on the people you link. I do recognize that people might be a little uncomfortable with being the object of analysis, and looking back, I would have constructed this assignment much differently.
It looks like everyone at least took being part of this project with some degree of humor, but right now I feel like one of “those academics” that you see in David Lodge books. I’ll have more to say about my accidental notoriety later when I’ve had two more cups of coffee.