Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Feedback and the laser field

I have mentioned my presentation with my advisor Dwight Atkinson at the Symposium on Second Language Writing before. I just want to share a video that we showed during the presentation. At the end of the thesis writing process, this scene from the movie Ocean's Twelve was a metaphor for me regarding written feedback and the revisions to be made in a very limited time during my master's thesis. The point I wanted to make with this video was that sometimes feedback can seem random to writers (just like the laser beams in this video), or without rhyme or reason, but they can and usually have to make revisions based on their instinct and feel rather than an explicit idea or understanding about what the feedback means, why what the writers are doing is incorrect, how the feedback can improve the writers' writing in the future, etc.  because writers often work under several constraints. I wonder if you feel the same way about feedback too. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video, which makes me smile every time. I love the music by the way.

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