I have seen a couple of things today that have made me ask that question. I read something about National Public Radio that talked about their website redesign (http://www.npr.org/) and how their content is beyond "radio" and that the goal is to make their content work on multiple media (website, radio, blog, etc.). As these barriers between form/genres is continuing to degrade...how does that change how writing is taught? Or does it?
Here is a story about digital textbooks and how many K-12 schools seem to be moving in this direction: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/education/09textbook.html
"Kids are wired differently these days," said Sheryl R. Abshire, chief technology officer for the Calcasieu Parish school system in Lake Charles, La. "They're digitally nimble. They multitask, transpose and extrapolate. And they think of knowledge as infinite.
"They don't engage with textbooks that are finite, linear and rote," Dr. Abshire continued. "Teachers need digital resources to find those documents, those blogs, those wikis that get them beyond the plain vanilla curriculum in the textbooks."
Most of the digital texts submitted for review in California came from a nonprofit group, CK-12 Foundation, that develops free "flexbooks" that can be customized to meet state standards, and added to by teachers. Its physics flexbook, a Web-based, open-content compilation, was introduced in Virginia in March.
..."The good part of our flexbooks is that they can be anything you want," said Neeru Khosla, a founder of the group. "You can use them online, you can download them onto a disk, you can print them, you can customize them, you can embed video. When people get over the mind-set issue, they'll see that there's no reason to pay $100 a pop for a textbook, when you can have the content you want free."
What do you think?