There is little question that the art of writing provides our modern world with a critical means of communication, one in which we employ each day. When speaking on our recent “What Counts as Writing” class activity, many of our entries provoked the various forms writing could take on, in relation to the true definition of modern writing and genre. The details of this assignment had been made clear, and it was my understanding that our class did an incredible job searching the web for what we believed, as individuals, counts as “writing”. The examples our class drew from attained various results, and as a class we attempted to argue that anything from iMessages to an assortment of McDonald’s coupons fit the bill when we attempted to define what writing is in the modern world. In addition, I enjoyed and was surprised by several other examples on what our class defined as writing, including but not limited to lyrics and musical notation, as well as a given comments section on YouTube. I believe we did a fantastic job in this research effort as a class, and I would ultimately say that my own personal views of the ways in which art (such as poetry) fits into a genre of writing were altered as well. I came to this conclusion: The human effort and technical skill needed to create a successful, imaginative, and interactive work of art, can be related rather closely to the effort and technical skill placed in a given work of writing.
In addition, my goals for the Minor continue to increase in scale as we build our way through class activities and individual assignments. I’m very much looking forward to what’s coming next in the Writing 220 curriculum, and beyond.