I wanted us to read Digital Griots by Adam Banks for three reasons:
- I’m worried by how discourse about digital writing seems to be dominated by straight white males. (Perhaps this state of affairs will not shock those of you who are not straight white males.) I appreciate how Banks forces questions of race into our conversation.
- We are all teachers as well as scholars and writers, and I like how Banks asks us to think about how we represent the digital world to students.
- I admire the virtuosity of Banks’ writing. His book strives to enact as well as state an argument.
For next week, then, I’d like you to respond to at least one of these three aspects of Banks’ work: race, teaching, innovation. Or, ideally, I’d like you to talk about race and/or teaching in a digital age in an innovative way.
I’m eager to see what you come up with! I feel sure, at this point, that i will be surprised and delighted.
Deadline: Tues, 4/15, 11:59 pm. Comments due on Thurs, 4/17. Use x8 as your category.