So I am taking an online writing course and one of our assignments is to write a hypertext essay:
Write an essay (with intro, thesis, body, and conclusion) on any topic based on the readings (probably Bolter is more useful for this) and content of the course, approximately 5-7 double-spaced pages long (1500 words). It can be longer or slightly shorter—whatever you want to do and whatever it takes in your estimation to do the job well. This gives you a lot of free reign.
The difference between this and a standard essay is the inclusion of hyperlinks. I’m thinking I’d like to see a minimum of five links, but feel free to include more. The links need to go to different sources, so you’d have five sources. Let me know if you run into any difficulties, though the Web is so vast there should be no problem finding five sources on a particular topic. You may use image links or textual ones. This would involve your finding web sources relevant to your topic and working them smoothly into your paper.”
No, I’m NOT asking you to do my paper for me (remember when your mom used to build volcanos for you or “edit” your papers when you were a kiddo?). But I am asking you for help with what I think will make for an interesting topic that I proposed:
After doing research to write my last article for my portfolio — A Healthy Obsession — on healthy living bloggers, I came to the realization that I had another story to write: food/exercise (healthy living) blogs are a major step in recovery from eating disorders for some people. I would like to present pretty much the alternative to the argument that originally sparked my interest (The Hunger Diaries article from Marie Claire).
For sources (besides this original Marie Claire article), I thought I could use a professional in the eating disorders field, bloggers who say they’ve been helped by blogging, and someone who says that they’ve been harmed by the blogs.
- has blogging helped you deal with an eating disorder?
- did you ever get backlash for blogging about food?
- do you think blogs are harmful for those already dealing with an obsession?
… this is not a comprehensive list, and I am not going to send you generic questions
So if you’re a blog reader who it never occurred to think about eating disorders/food and exercise blogs OR if you are a recovering individual who reads OR are a blogger who has been helped or harmed OR feel like giving me five minutes of your time so I can have some sources for this thing, PLEASE let me know. I would be really grateful.
Laziest journalist ever — not contacting sources right off the bat! I am going to be in touch with a few people who I REALLY think could add to this — so check your inboxes! You can email me, send me a comment, or whatever! email@example.com
Did your mom used to do your projects? be honesttttt!