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