Editing Process

Let's spend a few minutes finishing up the activity we started on Thursday. Look at your classmates' process notes. What are some of the common threads? Are there some additional things we might be thinking about?

Writing (editing) for the WebYahoo

  1. Discuss Yahoo: “Web,” “Voice” Chs 1 (Download Ch1 PDF
    What are some of the most important points in this chapter? Do most websites seem to reflect these ideas about the web texts? Are there things in the Yahoo that you disagree with? Do you like the sample rewrite? Is it appropriate for all kinds of websites?
  2. Groups: Let's choose a bad web-page or a non-web text and rewrite it. We can do this as a whole class or in small groups. Your preference. Start be creating a "bad page." Then use comments to identify problems with "Web Address" or "Voice;" then createa new and improved page. Here's my example from last year
    AM Class:
    1. http://caretobead.blogspot.com/?expref=next-blog
    2. http://www.gunlaws.com/ BAD
    3. http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws.aspx Good
    4. http://solomonswords.blogspot.co
    5. http://www.hercampus.com/school/iup/brief-guide-changing-your-major-college
    6. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1278510/Depression-Its-just-new-trendy-illness.html#axzz2K2QtvTs4
Row1Row2 Row3 Row4

  1. PM Class
    1. Yeti=Bear
    2. http://sozynski281.tumblr.com/
    3. http://www.iup.edu/inside/ Bad
    4. http://www.suicidehotlines.com/
    5. http://mamasara26.blogspot.com/
    6. http://blogitude.com/
    7. http://digitalhollywood.com/
    8. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090423175535AAf9qHx
Web-revision_Group01, Web-revision_Group02, Web-revision_Group03, Web-revision_Group04,

Discuss Ch. 3 “Voice” - Download Ch3 PDF)
  • What are your reactions to the idea that websites should convey a certain voice? Do you think most popular websites have such a "voice"? Let's find some examples.


For next class, please read Yahoo Ch. 2 and think about a purpose and audience for a website/blog. (For the purpose of the exercise, let's think of an office, club, group, cause or company (real or fictional) -- some clear "I" who needs a front page in order to speak to some clear audience "them").