I first met John as I taught Basic Writing. Basic Writing was not regularly taught in the computer-based classroom, but I was persistent enough to get a dedicated lab classroom for this section. My original plan was to use the interest (and hype) surrounding the web and the mythic lucrative opportunities associated with website development to generate interest among students. I wanted students to be drawn in by the buzz surrounding HTML and hypertext development, and thought they would start writing more and better as they recognized the value of written communication.

Students were certainly interested in the web, and they produced some interesting websites during the class. However, where I had hoped to make their written assignments more relevant to their interests, John made the point more strongly than I could with or without network writing technology.

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