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


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References and Credits


Gross, T. (2010, 29 October).  Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe: Kindred spirits. Interview with Patti Smith.  Fresh Air.  Transcript retrieved from

Ritter, K. (2005).  The economics of authorship: Online paper mills, student authors, and first-year composition.  College Composition and Communication, 56, 601-31.

Ritter, K. (2006).  Buying in, selling short: A pedagogy against the rhetoric of online paper mills. Pedagogy, 6, 25-51.

Ritter, K. (2010). Who owns school? Authority, students, and online discourse. Cresskill: Hampton Press.

Photo Credits

All photos retrieved from Wikimedia Commons.  Left to right:

Photo of obedient kids: US Navy Photo.  Public domain.

Photo of Japanese macaque taken by Scott M. Liddell at Edinburgh Zoo, 2007.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Photo of rowdy students by M. Farguson.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.