The New Freshman Comp

Jon Udell, writer and programmer, writes about how programming and writing are closely related and the need to include screencasting in freshman composition:

We're just scratching the surface of this medium. Its educational power is immediately obvious, and over time its persuasive power will come into focus too. The New York Times recently asked: "Is cinema studies the new MBA?" I'll go further and suggest that these methods ought to be part of the new freshman comp. Writing and editing will remain the foundation skills they always were, but we'll increasingly combine them with speech and video. The tools and techniques are new to many of us. But the underlying principles—consistency of tone, clarity of structure, economy of expression, iterative refinement—will be familiar to programmers and writers alike.