Twice this week I’ve been accused (wonderfully so!) of being young! Of course, as much as I’d like it to be because of my oh-so-youthful appearance, well, that’s not quite it.
It all began when I was teaching a first-year composition class about research, beginning with the opening line from the book I wrote with Todd Taylor, The Columbia Guide to Online Style (2nd ed., Columbia UP, 2006):
The starting point for most research is no longer the library but the World Wide Web. (3)
One of the students in the class responded excitedly, “You’re OUR age!”
The students went on to tell me how their high school teachers had all banned the use of Wikipedia. However, they also told me how they got around that: “Use Wikipedia, but cite one of the sources they cite.”
Later in the week, I was walking out of a meeting while texting on my new smart phone (aka time-eating toy!). I suddenly realized that one of my students – an upper-level Writing major – was calling my name repeatedly. He rolled his eyes at me and said, “You’re acting like a student!”
I often tell students they can Facebook chat me or email me and, if I’m online, I’m happy to respond. However, I warn them, I turn off my computer at about 9 p.m.
“You go to bed at 9pm?!” one student asked, flabbergasted.
“No, I don’t go to bed at 9; I just turn off my computer then.”
“Then what do you DO???”
Another students posited the answer: “Watch TV, read, have a life.”
Um, yeah, that’s it.
So, while I admit to not being exactly young (!), it’s nice to know that in at least some ways, I’m still hip! (Oh, wait, is “hip” still a cool word???)