University offers course on Wasting Time on Internet



One the famous University of the USA, University of Pennsylvania is offering the new course on ‘wasting time on Internet which one  requires  sitting in front  of the  screen chatting on social media, watching  cat videos . The Department of English of the university is offering the course from spring of  next year.

According  to the university website the justification of introducing  the course is given “what if these activities -clicking, SMS sending, status-updating, and random surfing — were used as raw material for creating compelling and emotional works of literature? Could we reconstruct our autobiography using only Facebook? Could we write a great novella by plundering our Twitter feed? Could we reframe the internet as the greatest poem ever written?”

The course description added that “Using our laptops and a Wi-Fi connection as our only materials, this class will focus on the alchemical recuperation of aimless surfing into substantial works of literature”. Students will be required to attend a weekly three hour class where they stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media. Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory of the course

The student also have to go through the long history of the recuperation of boredom and time-wasting through critical texts about affect theory, ASMR, situationism and everyday life by thinkers such as Guy Debord, Mary Kelly Erving Goffman, Betty Friedan during the course.

As the course is under the creative writing, we can guess that to make  student extra creative and  orginal thinker this course is a sort of experiment

About Abhinaya Ghimire

Abhinaya Ghimire is a tech savvy person who loves keeping information about ICT and media. Graduated from Kathmandu University in Bachelor of Media Stuides, he is equally involved in making short films, documentaries and also has his own photo blog

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