Will Richardson reacts positively to a statement by Kathleen Blake Yancey of NCTE:
And that is a crucial distinction, I think. Yes, we write to communicate. But now that we are writing in hypertext, in social spaces, in â€œnetworked publics,â€ thereâ€™s a whole â€˜nother side of it. For as much as I am writing this right now to articulate my thoughts clearly and cogently to anyone who chooses to read it, what I am also attempting to do is connect these ideas to othersâ€™ ideas, both in support and in opposition, around this topic. Without rehashing all of those posts about Donald Murray and Jay David Bolter, Iâ€™m trying to engage you in some way other than just a nod of the head or a sigh of exasperation. Iâ€™m trying to connect you to other ideas, other minds.
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By following a few links, I was led to NCTE’s list of abilities for the 21 Century
Twenty-first century readers and writers need to
* Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
* Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
* Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
* Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
* Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
* Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments
Someone at NCTE should propose a paper or workshop at Hypertext 09. In any event, this could get interesting as hypertext becomes a part of writing curriculum.