University of Pennsylvania to Offer ‘Wasting Time On The Internet’ Class, For Real
In case you're suspecting that this is all a joke, it's not. Part of the course description reads as such: "Using our laptops and a wifi connection as our only materials, this class will focus on the alchemical recuperation of aimless surfing into substantial works of literature,” it reads. “Students will be required to stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs … Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory."
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It's a wild idea, but it may actually spurn some great discussion. Students spend a lot of time on the Internet already, so encouraging the action and then turning it into useful output may actually sharpen one's brain. Kenneth Goldsmith will be hosting the course, who will encourage students to roam (relatively) freely online, and eventually take what they're seeing and learning and convert it into "substantial works of literature."
So, it's not quite as easy as surfing around and then clocking out. Still, for UPenn entrants who have yet to decide on a major: here's one course you should definitely aim to enroll in.