The University of Pennsylvania will be offering a three-hour English class that focuses on wasting time on the Internet. That's what it's called: Wasting Time on the Internet.
For the entire three hours, students will be required to look at their screens (computer, iPad, etc.) and interact through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs. Why?
To basically prove that wasting time on the Internet is not a waste of time.
We spend our lives in front of screens, mostly wasting time: checking social media, watching cat videos, chatting, and shopping, reads the class description. What if these activities — clicking, SMSing, status-updating, and random surfing — were used as raw material for creating compelling and emotional works of literature? Could we reconstruct our autobiography using only Facebook? Could we write a great novella by plundering our Twitter feed? Could we reframe the internet as the greatest poem ever written?
While some may argue the Internet is making people dumb, professor Kenneth Goldsmith told Vice, "I think the Internet is making us smarter. There's this new morality built around guilt and shame in the digital age."
After "wasting time" on Buzzfeed, Facebook, Reddit and viral cat videos, the students will be required to take their browser histories, messages, screenshots, etc. and turn all of it into a work of literature.
It sounds complex, but seriously, every student taking this class should get at least an A-.
The class begins next spring semester.