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Bitch PhD–finally some bite!

February 9, 2009

Should students address their instructors with “Hey” in the subject line?  Well, if you immediately answered “no,” i think there may be a generational divide about this. My response is as follows, but really people, how old are you??  Come on!

I think that you are looking at e-mail in the written sense of the language and your students are thinking of it in the verbal sense of the language.  If a student approached you at your desk and said:  “Hey, I was just wondering about X reading…”  would you be offended?
It seems that you are conflating written communication=e-mail and therefore a bit more formality and your students are seeing this as informal communication.  It means you are old and don’t see technology the same way.

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