Course Description

MIT 3856G-001 (Winter 2018)   Special Topic: Blogs, Columns, and Op Eds: Making Opinions Matter

Instructor: D. Brown

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to help students become proficient at writing different types of opinion pieces, from columns to blog posts to editorials to reviews and more. It is based on the premise that the internet is an opinion medium – when web surfers go online, one of the things they search for is informed commentary on the issues of the day. But there is a difference between simple ranting and a reasoned argument. Every week, we will look at several sample pieces written by working journalists and examine the strategies they use to make their points. We will ask: Which rhetorical strategies should be emulated, which avoided?

3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.