Writing for Electronic Communities

This course presents the rhetorical, social, and practical dimensions of writing in electronic (cyber) contexts. Students focus both on the various roles an individual creates and maintains when writing for different cybermedia formats and the kinds of conventions, concerns and grammars that exist in discrete electronic systems like the World Wide Web, listservs, distribution lists, the Intranet, e-mail, and hypertext. Seminar presentations and a semester-long project in a concentrated area of writing for a particular electronic community demonstrate students' ability to communicate online.