'Wasting Time on the Internet' Will Be a Class Offered at UPenn

University of Pennsylvania will offer a class next spring entitled "Wasting Time on the Internet."

The goal of the class, called "Wasting time on the Internet," is to take the experience of tweeting, online chatting and watching silly YouTube videos and turn it into a work of literature.

"Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory," reads the course description.

The website describes the class requirements:

"to stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs,"

Kenneth Goldsmith, a poet and professor told VICE's Motherboard

"I'm very tired of reading articles in the New York Times every week that make us feel bad about spending so much time on the internet, about dividing our attention so many times," adding that he thinks the Internet is making us smarter, not dumber as it is commonly considered. "There's this new morality built around guilt and shame in the digital age," he said.

 

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