Screenwriter John August’s just saying what you’re all thinking.
I’m not talking about just academic writing. I’m talking about all writing. I’m talking about email. Memos. Your blog. I’m talking about what you wrote on your friend’s Facebook wall. All that writing you don’t think you’re getting graded on—well, you are.
Whether you want to or not, you’re being judged on it. And you’re being judged differently because of the era you’re living in.
I’m curious how School 2.0 finds his distinction between authority and expertise:
But in order to become an authority, you have to participate. You have to offer your thoughtful opinion when appropriate, and you have to invite others’ responses. Remember: an expert is someone who knows something. An authority is someone with the reputation to back it up. You get that reputation from your peers. That’s why your professors publish articles in journals with peer-review.