Conferenced most of the day with about half of my 1000 ("Exposition and Argumentation") students. Student M, who, as I previously reported, is the only blogger in the class, told me he'd much rather blog than write the kind of evidence-based paper he's currently writing for class.
But, I ask, don't you use evidence to support your opinions on your blog?
Sure, he says, but it's much more abstract.
So I ask him can I read his blog. Red creeps up his face.
No, he says. It's just philosophical stuff.