"Blog" is a blend of two terms: 'web' and 'log'. Blogs have taken the interactive, liberating, democratising aspects of the internet and pushed the envelope even further. Whereas 23 'weblogs' were recorded as existing at the beginning of 1999, this platform is now utilised by over 100 million immensely varied individuals, groups, and organizations. Blogs enable people to reach out to and engage with others, to transcend and permeate every genre and every aspect of the mass media; Rebecca Blood has described them as transforming "both writers and readers from "audience" to "public" and from "consumer" to "creator." (Blood, Rebecca. "Weblogs: A History and Perspective", Rebecca's Pocket. 07 September 2000. 26 July 2010. (http://www.rebeccablood.net/essays/ weblog_history.html"). Accordingly, this course will enable you to become such a 'public creator', a member of the blogosphere; it aims to both improve your reading and writing skills, particularly with regard to developing effective argumentative techniques, and enrich your active and passive vocabulary in the process. This will involve writing entire blogs of your own and commenting on other blogs.