This class has been a significant amount of work, but as the semester is ending I can’t help but wonder “What’s the point?” Well I’ve had 14 weeks to thing about the point of this WRTG 101 class (and for those of you just tuning in, we had to explore a place in D.C. and map it socially/politically/etc. and then connect it to the city as a whole).
So here’s what I think the point of this class was:
I think we were supposed to recognize the importance of societal discourse, and then recognize how to enter the discourse through writing style with exigence. Our exigence was often not to draw absolute conclusion, but to question social constructs and highlight the inherent interconnectedness of a city. We were supposed to learn that things are more complicated than they appear, and anything from a location to a sign represents a larger idea about the place it sits. And conclusively, were are supposed to end up with as more questions as we started with and more projects than we could ever start.
And so I’m leaving this class with a lot more information on Union Station in D.C., but also much more thoroughly informed on the local and larger conversation of gentrification and issue with permanence and time. This class was supposed to teach us that nothing is as simple as it seems, and sometimes finalizing a paper with abstract questions does more justice to the subject than conclusive answers.