Here is one salesman’s answer.
Yes, he is among others in saying that the essay is dying and will (and should) be replaced by the multimedia collage.
Writing becomes important in order to script videos and plan multimedia projects.
(Scroll down to see Mr. Ohler’s discussion of “The Fate of Writing”)
Still, he has some great ideas and assignment possibilities.
What IS an essay anyway? Here is a wonderful article by Richard M. Chadbourne sent by Dr. Reynolds that discusses commonalities of great essays from different cultures.
Chadbourne calls essays the “most protean and elusive of literary forms,” and Dr. Reynolds avers that the essay will not disappear but is in need of transformation in composition studies. So my question is this: What is the difference in assigning an essay and a “multimedia collage”?