ERIC Number: ED404643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
The Electronic Diary: The Technologization of the Personal.
With each technological advancement--telephone, automobile, television, and modem--people gain convenience, efficiency, and speed; they lose immediacy, real as opposed to virtual community, and physicality. At a writer's computer conference, journal writers who have used a diary with a lock and key to keep writings private wonder how to reconcile this with a posting on an electronic conference, which can be transformed into hard copy at any time by anyone at the conference with a simple press on the "print screen" button. Many college teaching assistants also have discussions about their discomfort with assigning the "personal essay," knowing that the perception of their students is that the more "gory" the paper, the higher the grade. Important questions can be raised about the ethics of either requiring or encouraging such personal revelation copy from students, with concern about the vulnerability this produces, especially in female students. (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Conference on College Composition and Communication (46th, Washington, DC, March 23-25, 1995).