by: Shannon Hames
My university, and perhaps higher education in America, is what I like to call “Team Crazy.” I don’t know if we are so beholden to Asia now that we must try to model ourselves after their “team” models or if these “Everyone who participates gets a trophy!” people are the ones calling the shots now. Either way, individual achievement is on the decline and everyone wants you to be on a team because two heads are better than one, ideas can be built upon and blah, blah, blah.
You can put me on a team but I refuse to drink the Collaboration Kool-Aid.
Why am I so grumpy, you ask? I’ll tell you why. I’m so tired of being assigned to teams where I have to work with students who just don’t give a damn. If I’m lucky enough to get them to do their part and turn it in on time, I then have to go on a cleaning mission to edit the daylights out of it because nobody can seem to run a spell or grammar check on their written portion.
I had a team mate turn in what was supposed to be an “analysis” of the social media and website of a business that we had to observe and write an analysis of. His portion was supposed to be 3-5 pages of social media/web presence breakdown. This is a copy/paste of what he actually turned in to me except for the name of the business will now be known as “Nightclub”:
Nightclub has a website that is not really very good. It is cluttered and the links are in weird bplaces. I thinki the things to do will be movieng more stuff around and make certain things bigger and the others ones smaller. I think it was weird to have a commercial for a hotel on there, too.
Their Facebook page was unrellevant to a lot of the events that they’ve been having all along. But whats so weird about it is that they have over 1200 “likes” and thats alot more than most others clubes. Especially since theyre page has only been up for about a couple of months. I don’t think they have a Twitter account or a Instagram account or I could be wrong. The owner of Nightclub isn’t srue about that since he sometimes lets his employees do things like social media and promotiong the nightclub. All-in-all, I can’t say for certain that their social media isnt helpling but it looks tragically ugly and I think the whole thing needs to be scrapped and redone by someoine who isn’t working for the club but who is actually a professional person who does social media ad web design.
Oh. My. Gosh. Can you say “Editing Nightmare?” Not only do I have to clean this up, but the “analysis” is missing. When I checked their Facebook page to see exactly what “a couple of months” was, it was 38 months. Yes, the Facebook page was started 38 months ago.
Where does an editor go from this point? It is truly a nightmare.