In an effort to help pry our writers loose from the death grip of formulaic writing, my PLC went out on a limb last year. We decided to see what would happen if we let the kids cut loose with their argumentative voices and throw caution (and, to some extent, evidence) to the wind.
I’m talking of course about that most wonderful of all internet prose, The Hot Take. If you aren’t familiar, the genre basically entails an excessively strong opinion piece about a hot button issue. And it doesn’t usually entail much else! It’s an impassioned, evidence-deficient perspective being shouted from some jagged rock of a blog by some bleating, bloviating pundit or opinionated amateur who just doesn’t have time for evidence, dammit, but if you’d only listen to how LOUDLY he’s shouting then you’d understand how right he is!
They’re delightful to read. A few respectable voices on the internet have even embraced and defended them.
Whatever your personal opinion of them, they certainly brought our more timid writers out of their shells. The results were some of the most personalized and impassioned–and organizationally liberated!–writing we’d seen in years. Continue reading