Blog Prompt #11

Blog prompt #11: for the week of March 19-23

This week’s prompt asks you to continue to think about the way that new media technology has enriched and, in some ways, problematized writing and research.

Recently the Modern Language Association released a set of official guidelines for citing information from Twitter in an academic paper: read more about it here The academic community has witnessed mixed reactions to this news; some applaud the MLA’s willingness to embrace the technological resources that have placed the world of research at our fingertips, while others question the validity of Twitter as an authoritative source.

Do you think that this official recognition of Twitter’s utility in academic research and writing by the MLA can have positive or negative affects for students and scholars? Should Twitter be considered a legitimate academic resource, or should we treat it with the same caution that we treat Wikipedia–a resource for general (but not always verifiable) information? Under what circumstances might turning to Twitter as an academic source be appropriate? Would it be useful only in certain disciplines?

Respond to this prompt in your individual course blog by midnight on Saturday, March 24.

About Francesca Marinaro

Instructor of English/PhD. Candidate, Department of English, University of Florida
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