What if in the future we thought of blogging as a literary form?
I was thinking -- we have writers retreats for people who write plays, for poets, maybe song writers? Is online writing a dead-end (I don't think so) or will it be supported by traditions developed for other kinds of writing?
We do include several of these things in courses at Indiana University South Bend. There is a track in the Master of Liberal Studies program that has a focus on the writing people do as part of active citizenship, and writing for the web is a vital part of that work. In general, though, I believe that U.S. schools do not teach active citizenship beyond, perhaps, voting, and certainly do not teach in a focused way the particular writing skills successful active citizenship requires. Nor the social organizing skills, either, for that matter. Our schools teach, or fail to teach, the skills of having a private life in the grassy fields and silo spaces that are marked out for us, I'd say. Much more is needed. Which reminds me, I have been meaning to get back to blogging.
Further: I'm trying to get some op-ed writing courses set up here for people who ordinarily don't write those. That kind of piece can have a real reach, too, in a community, and can spark conversations that can continue online and in community groups. The Web-like social web that builds on the web of texts and the webs of knowledge and ideas in our heads and in our conversations....