The other Obvious Benefit of Blogging in Academia

Blogging as an integral part of college learning would introduce another extremely significant benefit- technological familiarity. Simply put, people, even people my age, don’t know how to do shit. Let me clarify- not that people don’t know how to do anything (that would be shit), but that there things they don’t know how to do, namely internet- and computer-related things. Many, most, almost definitely almost all college students today know how to boot a computer (one that’s working anyway), open a word processor, type (though this could potentially be a slow process), and print. They’re also extremely comfortable using online social media. But in an environment of blogging as a part of every class, students would become extremely comfortable using computers and doing a variety of online composition, exploring and researching. We would all be able to use computers and the internet to a fuller capacity, rather than a select few functions (Word and Facebook).

“Why would we want to be so capable with computers?” you might be asking. You shouldn’t be asking that, however, because it’s obvious. The world is marching toward a version of itself dominated by technology. Being as comfortable as possible with all of the technology available will make life easier for everyone. As easy as the technology is supposed to make it. It will also mean that the workforce will be super-capable, able to conduct business and what-have-you without technological barriers. As technology improves our lives, so can our uninhibited use of it.

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2 responses to “The other Obvious Benefit of Blogging in Academia

  1. You have a technological determinism argument going here, right down to the typical way of thinking about determinism – “You shouldn’t be asking that, however, because it’s obvious. The world is marching toward a version of itself dominated by technology.” That’s a good place to start a consideration of a broader sense of how technology moves along. What happens if you start the next paragraph, or the next post, with “BUT, if you consider …”

  2. I agree with this technological determinism. The importance of being capable with computers is precisely why I jumped in the computer science major. With technology becoming more complex and arguably driving human progress at this point, it’s critical to gain the knowledge and keep up with it.

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