Leslie forwarded me (via Captain Capitalism) this course description at the University of Maryland:

ENGL488B – Topics in Advanced Writing: Writing for the Blogosphere: Prehistory, Theory, Practice

This course will offer students an immersion in blogging as a writing practice and as a social/literary genre with deep, multiple roots in cultural history.

STOP RIGHT THERE !!!! (note to students, ALL CAPS and multiple ! means it’s important)

Blogging is not literary and has no roots. Trust me, I know.

Our broad goal will be to explore what blogs are, what they do – culturally, politically, literarily – and what they can teach us about reading, writing, and social networking in the twenty-first century. Our work will pivot back and forth between formal study of the genre and its history and the daily discipline of designing, building, and maintaining a publicly accessible multimedia text.

“a publicly accessible multimedia text”? You mean like the internets?

Thus, the course requires both a willingness to experiment with the production of new media forms and an ability to think critically about them.

Oh, we can criticize. This course should be easy.

It will call upon your creativity and your analytical skill, your sense of intellectual play and your curiosity about how media shift – the increasing prevalence of post-print literary and cultural forms – has and has not changed communication and everyday life.

“post-print literary and cultural forms” — so that means we can just copy what other people do, right?

You will spend a lot of time on the Internet for this course ….

Now you have gone too far. I refuse to spend a lot of time on the internet.

[For related Teacher’s guide — note that I just dropped a bunch of text with just a few dots to show where. That’s called “massaging the text” in the business, and allows you to turn any text into anything you want it to be.]

We will reflect on issues of style and persona, on the norms and practices that define the blogosphere, and on the freedom and responsibility that accompany the possibility of publishing without the print culture filters of editors and other gatekeepers.

No filters? I can do that.