Writing: Writing as Social Action

By next Thursday (4/20), I’d like you to contribute to (or intervene in) a public exchange about an issue that matters to you. Your intervention does not have to be large. It might be a brief comment or response, a photo you took on your cell phone, or a snippet of audio or video. You might contribute to a public Facebook feed, a Twitter hashtag, or the comments section of an online publication. Your intervention does not have to happen online—it could be a flyer, a letter to a newspaper, or an event (like UDance, or the many Greek solicitations for good causes). You just need to be able to document it online somehow—through video or audio or text.

Because that is the second part of your assignment. I’d like you to track the early responses to your intervention. Who liked or commented on or shared it? Who responded in some other way? How did you respond to their responses? (All of this suggests that it would be a  good idea to post/do your actual intervention well before the deadline.)

Your post to this website should consist of (1) a link to your intervention, and (2) some thoughts on what you were trying to do, what you actually managed to do, and what insights you gained.

And, as always, if you would like to collaborate with others in this class on this assignment, go for it.

I realize this is a somewhat weird and inchoate assignment. I look forward to seeing what you do with it!

Deadline: Thurs, 4/20, 10:00 am: Post a link to and reflection on your “intervention” to this site.


Author: Joe Harris

I teach composition, creative nonfiction, and digital writing at the University of Delaware.

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