Thursday, October 14, 2004
On my mind--Emig citing Jakobovits. Any guesses when Jakobovits likened composition to stale art?:
The linguist Leon A. Jakobovits suggests that "stale art" is algorithmic--that is, it is produced by a known algorithm, "defined as a computational device that specifies the order and nature of the steps to be followed in the generation of a sequence." One could say that the major kind of essay too many students have been taught to write in American schools is algorithmic, or so mechanical that a computer could readily be programmed to produce it: when a student is hurried or anxious, he simply reverts or regresses to the only program he knows, as if inserting a single card into his brain.
From Janet Emig's "Lynn: Profile of a Twelfth-Grade Writer."Posted by Derek Mueller at October 14, 2004 9:14 PM to Dry Ogre Chalking