Here’s something from my Year 12 days that might be of interest to English teachers and students alike. Our year, the graduating year of 2004, successfully argued that a game (for example, a P.C. game or a console game etc.) was not only a text type, but could be used in an assignment as a supplementary text. I think it could have been the crowning achievement for the Advanced Class there. While originally I was only along for the ride (the ride of debating with my favourite teacher), as of late, I have been wondering if this was a valid argument, and will we see more ‘abstract’ text types in the future? Perhaps.
But of special interest to someone, how long until we see blogs as a text type that are being studied and referenced in high school classrooms? I had to study a diary of someone, write three journals of my own and write ‘opinion pieces’. Aren’t some blogs one, if not all three, of these things? Sure, there exists the fabrication, ‘seriousness’, truthiness, reality and validity element to a blog, but without a doubt there are some serious blogs out there that certainly could be studied, thus ruining the experience of blogs for the next generation, just as English ruined the experience of movies for me.