Studies to study – study.

For generations educators have combated the up and coming with the traditional. In subjects like science, for example, change is just apart of progress in the field. Over the past 150 years we have seen several branches from this subject ranging from Western Medicine, Psychology, and Nero Science. In such a progressive age, how is the study of English so stubborn in it’s adaptation?


In the readings by Yancey, she displays the current trends of literacy are in a type of golden age and no one is making these students write, they are doing it on their own. More importantly, she recognizes that this casual writing is not only in a renaissance, but it is assisting with human interaction or as she refers it to as, “interfacing.”


So is this new surge of casual writing something the subject can adapt to?


I have to agree that it is splendid that so many people are writing in our present day but what about our professional writers? What is the fate of those who have spent their lives dedicated to the craft to only be outdone, or out liked, by the individuals who post to Twitter? Everyone is a critic but what about the professionals?

According to a CBC news article ( ) critics for years past had clout because of their professional outlook. The readers would either aggress or disagree with them. This cycle not only have the writer hype, it lured in more readers. Today, the nonprofessional writers show a perspective from the “people” that can in turn, represent a financial gain.


Personally, just like how Science has made adaptations, I think English how do so as well. We already have different writing styles; APA, MLA, Business, Legal, and so on. As educators, I think we should find a way to include a format for current writing styles. Call it “Social Writing” or “Casual Communicative Writing”.


As long as people are just writing, we should accept and advance.


One comment on “Studies to study – study.

  1. Melody, you posit some very interesting questions here. And the truth is that I have mixed feelings about the subject. Rather than trying to invent a NEW type of writing altogether, we can perhaps work on our definitions: how do we define “professional” and “casual” writing. I think there’s something beneath these labels that you are hinting at – casual writers have no formal knowledge or expertise of their subjects, while professional writers do…? Could this “Ethos” be incorporated into the writing itself? In other words, should casual writers share how and why they have come to acquire and share information on a subject? I think “Audience” is something that we cannot forget. It is the reader that ultimately will make the decisions of what to read, what to agree and disagree with, what is useful, etc… Don’t you think it’s possible for a pro to acquire a bigger audience than a casual writer if they use the same technologies?

    I don’t have the answers, just more questions. But I think they are worthy of debate!

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