September 16th, 2008

b/g - in the library

save me from freshman papers

I was excited this morning - the first paper for the class I'm TAing was due today.  I was looking forward to seeing how people addressed the prompt, and I knew there were going to be some doozies, but considering the most I've had to do for this class so far was to create a sign in sheet, anticipation about doing work and earning my keep had gotten to me.

Until I started to read.  I cannot explain the bad.  Admittedly, it's the first paper, and most of them are probably freshmen or sophomores or people from non humanities disciplines.  Some of them may never have written a paper in their lives.  It shows.

I'm trying to be as fair as I can... in part because there are 70 of them and 1 of me, and if I spent the time on working through their I'd like to with each one of them?  I'd never do anything else again.  Even if I spent the time correcting each one the way I'd like it would take me more than a week. 

My solution, I think, will be to talk to my professor about putting up a "tips for writing your paper" sheet for the next one... and we'll see who actually uses it.  But I foresee an entire semester where I have to slog through these things.  Thank god they're mostly three pages long (and yes, the margins are all messed with, the text is turned up to a 14 ... or 13.5...or not times new roman.  It's so funny how patently obvious those little tricks are).

Still... it's kind of fun....
b/g - in the library

constructing online identity

  • Weird article by David Wall:  "Cybercrime and the Culture of Fear: Social Science Fiction(s) and the Production of Knowledge about Cybercrime"

    Without reading his paper (but hey, i'm a grad student, i'll make summary judgements from the summaries), it sounds like he's made two errors:

    1) not giving enough weight to his examination of the culture of fear that the news media use to get more viewers ... about everything - cybercrime, medical crime, incest scandals, etc.

    2) by implying that it's in cyberpunk that these characters originated it's excluding the idea that the baddies come from other literary tropes..