Friday, March 10, 2006

A Snappier Title

Help! I need a catchy title for the digital writing course I'm teaching next fall.  I've been racking my brain for a half hour now, running through titular possibilities and trying to land a phrase with enough pizzazz to spark interest and compel enrollments.  Here are a few that I've ruled out ( what if a few of these are still in the running, the running is thin).

  • WRT302: Status 405 Method Not Allowed
  • WRT302: Effectively Banning Virtual Shenanigans
  • WRT302: Writing Teachnologies: Chalk, Dry Erase Markers and Smartboards
  • WRT302: Two-Button Mice and Macs
  • WRT302: Dude, Where's My Jump Drive?
  • WRT302: The Pop-up Experience: Digidipity and Exasperation
  • WRT302: Three-hole Punchers as Overlooked Writing Technology
  • WRT302: Minimize, Restore Down, Close: The Abundant Adaptabilities of Windows
  • WRT302: BRB: Dearest Cyber...I've Missed You
  • WRT302: Investigating the Rising Cost of Grounded Plug Adapters
  • WRT302: Discordant Coloration: From Painting the Screen to Painting the Walls
  • WRT302: Climbing Beneath the Desk to Untangle Wires: A Gordian Approach
  • WRT302: Wired Panaceas: Now Don't You Feel Better?
  • WRT302: Wifi, Bird-flu and Other Untreatable Stuff in the Air
  • WRT302: Familiar Voltage: My Uncle's An Electrician
  • WRT302: ASCII, We Hardly Knew Ye

Maybe it will come to me when I slide into the MRI tube later today for a good going-over of my knee.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at March 10, 2006 9:15 AM to Dry Ogre Chalking

How about WRT 302: What is Digital Writing, Anyway?

Posted by: Jon Benda at March 10, 2006 10:00 AM

Writing Screens

(from your description) (and no i'm not kiddin)

Posted by: gr at March 10, 2006 5:06 PM

OR . . .

digital � writing

(from yr blog . . . think about it . . . .)

Posted by: gr at March 10, 2006 5:08 PM

okay, i was serious on both of the above, but . . . .

WRT 302: Writing: It's Digital, Stupid!
WRT 302: Digital Writing: It's Not Just For Geeks Anymore
WRT 302: Digital Writing: Quill Pen Meets Pocket Protector
WRT 302: Digital Writing: Clip Art Comes of Age
and of course . . . .
WRT 302: Digital Writing: Tastes Like Chicken

Posted by: gr at March 10, 2006 5:26 PM

Good luck with the title AND the MRI!

Posted by: senioritis at March 10, 2006 6:22 PM

I *love* the gordian knot one--perhaps because I spent an hour unplugging and replugging and dusting and labelling and...all in the hopes that this would resolve a problem with the PC...*sigh*

Posted by: susansinclair at March 10, 2006 10:52 PM

Okay, D. The title that would get to register would be

WRT 307: Wifi, Why try, Why cry? Technical writing for the proletariat (and technical) mind.

Hope your knee is terrific!

Posted by: Denise at March 11, 2006 12:18 PM

Drumroll (if you're into that kind of thing): I'm going with "The Digital and Its Links." Sexy, eh?

D. said I need to rethink my idea of "sexy," but I was working along the lines of sweat pants after jeans or ice tea on a hot day...more like comfort, familiarity and appeal.

Title's a riff on Roland Barthes' entry in _RB_, "The Cuttlefish and Its Ink." Maybe an entry on that soon... [Added: here]

Thanks everybody for the great suggestions.

Posted by: Derek at March 11, 2006 1:00 PM

I'd like to try out this title: "The Sociology of Why Computers, Like, Totally Hate You Or Something."

Seems like it might be a big hit with students.

Posted by: jenny at March 11, 2006 9:59 PM

Good one. And depending on the room assignment, it could go on with this subtitle: "A Course On Computers In Which We Never Get Around To Using Them." I think I might've had that class as an undergrad; that, or I somehow missed the days we used the PCs.

Posted by: Derek at March 12, 2006 8:50 AM