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Topic: How Web 2.0 tools affect composition pedagogy

Smith, C.C. (2008). Technologies for transcending a focus on error: Blogs and democratic aspirations in first-year composition. Journal of Basic Writing, 27 (1), 35-60.

A very detailed writing through a Shaughnessy perspective toward first-year compositions and how a class blog can be used to help students to initially overcome their fear of being perfect in their writing. As the course develops, the students, hopefully, begin to make connections between informal Web 2.0 writing and writing in the academy. Smith also addresses the idea of hyperfocus, which is demonstrated by contemporary students, in which individuals quickly between topics and mediums apposed to the deepfocus demonstrated in most traditional academic endeavors.