Blog Prompt # 15: for the week of April 16-20
This week’s prompt asks you to revisit the idea of social media as educational tools and rhetorical spaces that challenge us to think about the way we engage with the world around us.
Twitter has recently become a popular site for activity that engages in revitalizing events of historical and cultural significance, from creating accounts and tweeting as nineteenth-century authors and fictional characters of Jane Austen novels to reenacting the nativity, the events of World War II, and the sinking of the Titanic. How might such activities be used as educational tools? (i.e. how can they cultivate and deepen our understanding of literature, history,etc?). Can students benefit from the usage of social media to commemorate or reenact landmark historical moments? How can posing as authors or role-playing fictional characters on Twitter create revisionary spaces for writers, scholars, and fans of literature?
Respond to this prompt in your individual course blog by midnight on Saturday, April 21.