Who Owns School?
Authority, Students, and Online Discourse

by Kelly Ritter

New Dimensions in Computers and Composition Series
eds. Cynthia Selfe and Gail Hawisher
Hampton Press, 2010

Reviewed by Rita Malenczyk
Director, University Writing Program and Writing Center
Eastern Connecticut State University


What About Freire?

The Pink Monkey

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And His Pants Are Ugly



References and Credits

For example, in a PinkMonkey discussion thread about Othello concerning Iago’s sexuality, one student, Zac, responds to a conventionally academic interpretation of why Iago hates Othello (“Othello has passed Iago over for promotion, preferring Michael Cassio….There are lots of possible motives behind his hatred….” [p. 61]) with a more “real-world” interpretation that calls on his theatrical experience: “Dude, Iago is gay….as an actor I use it as his primary motive in the play, it works, trust me.  It cannot be proven…but it’s there, oh it’s there” (p. 62).  Another student, Elle, then speaks up to assert the validity of Zac’s interpretation by referencing her own success in writing a paper about it: “I recently got a 98.75% using that argument in my senior year” (p. 63). (back)