Friday, July 13, 2007

Computers and writing: History, theory, philosophy

Here's the first draft reading list for my fall grad class. It's been an interesting challenge to divide these thematically and to cover different aspects of C&W, and in fact the optional reading list -- all books -- is almost as long as the required list.

Comments? Suggestions?

Reading List for E388m

Overview: History

Gerrard, L. (1995). The evolution of the Computers and Writing Conference. Computers and Composition, 12:279–292.

Gerrard, L. (2006). The evolution of the Computers and Writing Conference, the second decade. Computers and Composition, 23:211–227.

Moran, C. (2003). Computers and composition 1983-2002: What we have hoped for. Computers and Composition, 20:343–358.

Blair, K. L. and Monske, E. A. (2003). Cui bono? revisiting the promises and perils of online learning. Computers and Composition, 20:441–453.

The early years: Social constructionism and the networked classroom

[Barker and Kemp, 1990] Barker, T. and Kemp, F. (1990). Network theory: A postmodern pedagogy for the writing classroom. In Handa, C., editor, Computers and Community: Teaching Composition in the Twenty-First Century, pages 1–27. Boynton/Cook Publishers, New York.

Cooper, M. and Selfe, C. L. (1990). Computer conferences and learning: Authority, resistance, and internally persuasive discourse. College English, 52:847–869.

[Faigley, 1992] Faigley, L. (1992). Fragments of rationality: Postmodernity and the subject of composition. Pittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh. (Ch.6)

Hawisher, G. E. and Selfe, C. L. (1991). The rhetoric of technology and the electronic writing class. College Composition and Communication, 42:55–65.

[Kemp, 1995] Kemp, F. (1995). Writing dialogically: Bold lessons from electronic text. In Petraglia, J., editor, Reconceiving writing, rethinking writing instruction, pages 179–194. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, New Jersey.

The optimism wears off: Political-rhetorical critiques

Selfe, C. and Selfe, R. (1994). The politics of the interface: Power and its exercise in electronic contact zones. College Composition and Communication, 45(480-504).

Slatin, J. M. (2001). The art of alt: toward a more accessible web. Computers and Composition, 18(1):73–81.

[Johnson-Eilola, 1997] Johnson-Eilola, J. (1997). Wild technologies: Computer use and social possibility. In Selber, S. A., editor, Computers and technical communication: Pedagogical and programmatic perspectives, pages 97–128. Ablex, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Hypertext and databases; associational and constructivist theories

[Johnson-Eilola and Selber, 1996] Johnson-Eilola, J. and Selber, S. (1996). After automation: Hypertext and corporate structures. In Sullivan, P. and Daughtermann, J., editors, Electronic literacies in the workplace: Technologies of writing, pages 115–141. NCTE, Urbana, Il.

Johnson-Eilola, J. and Kimme Hea, A. (2003). After hypertext: Other ideas. Computers and Composition, 20:415–425.

[Mirel, 1996] Mirel, B. (1996). Writing and database technology: Extending the definition of writing in the workplace. In Sullivan, P. and Dautermann, J., editors, Electronic literacies in the workplace: Technologies of writing, pages 91–112. National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, Ill.

Haas, C. (1999). On the relationship between old and new technologies. Computers and Composition, 16(2):209–228.

Syverson, M. (1999). The wealth of reality: An ecology of composition. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville.

Computers and writing at work I: Evaluating the impact of computers on workplace writing and thinking

Geisler, C., Bazerman, C., Doheny-Farina, S., Gurak, L., Haas, C., Johnson-Eilola, J., Kaufer, D. S., Lunsford, A., Miller, C. R., Winsor, D., and Yates, J. (2001). Itext: Further directions for research on the relationship between information technology and writing. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 15(3):269–308.

Johnson-Eilola, J. (2001). Datacloud: Expanding the roles and locations of information. In Proceedings of the 19th annual international conference on Computer documentation, pages 47–54. ACM Press.

Wolfe, J. (2002). Annotation technologies: A software and research review. Computers and Composition, (19):471–497.

Back to the classroom: LCMS, games and simulations

Fisher, D. (2007). Cms-based simulations in the writing classroom: Evoking genre through game play. Computers and Composition, 24(2):179–197.

Matteo, A. (2007, in press). Rhetorical peaks, a next generation case study for teaching writing and argument. In SIGDOC ’07: Proceedings of the 25th annual international conference on Design of communication.

Sherlock, L. (2007, in press). When social networking meets online games: The activity system of grouping in World of Warcraft. In SIGDOC ’07: Proceedings of the 25th annual international conference on Design of communication.

Zachry, M. (2000). The ecology of an online education site in professional communication. In Proceedings of IEEE professional communication society international professional communication conference and Proceedings of the 18th annual ACM international conference on Computer documentation, pages 433–442. IEEE Educational Activities Department.

Computers, communities, and cultures

Grabill, J. T. (2003). Community computing and citizen productivity. Computers and Composition, (20):131–150.

Pennell, M. (2007). Fraternities and ITexts: Composing in the post-industrial age. Computers and Composition, 24(1):74–91.

Sun, H. (2006). The triumph of users: Achieving cultural usability goals. Technical Communication Quarterly, 15(4):483–504.

Zappen, J. P., Adali, S., and Harrison, T. M. (2006). Developing a youth-services information system for city and county government: experiments in user-designer collaboration. In dg.o ’06: Proceedings of the 2006 international conference on Digital government research, pages 259–264, New York, NY, USA. ACM Press.

Computers and writing at work II: Computers, writing, and postindustrialism

Hart-Davidson, W., Spinuzzi, C., and Zachry, M. (2006). Visualizing writing activity as knowledge work: Challenges & opportunities. In SIGDOC ’06: Proceedings of the 24th annual international conference on Design of communication, pages 70–77, New York, NY, USA. ACM Press.

Slattery, S. (2007). Undistributing work through writing: How technical writers manage texts in complex information environments. Technical Communication Quarterly, 16(3).

Swarts, J. (2007). Mobility and composition: The architecture of coherence in non-places. Technical Communication Quarterly, 16(3).

Optional readings: Influential books in computers and writing

[Bolter, 1991] Bolter, J. D. (1991). Writing space: The computer, hypertext, and the history of writing. L. Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, NJ.

[Haas, 1996] Haas, C. (1996). Writing technology: Studies on the materiality of literacy. L. Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, NJ.

[Haynes and Holmevik, 2001] Haynes, C. A. and Holmevik, J. R. (2001). High Wired: On the Design, Use, and Theory of Educational Moos. University of Michigan Press.

[Holmevik and Haynes, 2000] Holmevik, J. R. and Haynes, C. (2000). MOOniversity: a student’s guide to online learning environments. Allyn and Bacon.

[Johnson, 1998] Johnson, R. R. (1998). User-centered technology: A rhetorical theory for computers and other mundane artifacts. SUNY Press, New York.

[Johnson-Eilola, 2005] Johnson-Eilola, J. (2005). Datacloud: Toward a new theory of online work. Hampton Press, Cresskill, NJ.

[Landow, 1992] Landow, G. P. (1992). Hypertext: The convergence of contemporary critical theory and technology. Parallax. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

[Landow, 1994] Landow, G. P., editor (1994). Hyper/text/theory. Johns Hopkins University Press, London.

[Landow and Delany, 1993] Landow, G. P. and Delany, P., editors (1993). The digital word: Text-based computing in the humanities. Technical communication and information systems. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

[Lanham, 1993] Lanham, R. A. (1993). The electronic word: Democracy, technology, and the arts. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

[Mirel, 2004] Mirel, B. (2004). Interaction design for complex problem solving: Developing usable and useful software. Morgan Kauffman, San Francisco.

[Selber, 2004] Selber, S. A. (2004). Multiliteracies for a digital age. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale.

[Selfe and Hawisher, 2004] Selfe, C. L. and Hawisher, G. E. (2004). Literate lives in the information age: Narratives of literacy from the United States. Hampton Press, Mahwah, NJ.

[Spinuzzi, 2003] Spinuzzi, C. (2003). Tracing genres through organizations: A sociocultural approach to information design. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

[Sullivan and Porter, 1997] Sullivan, P. and Porter, J. E. (1997). Opening spaces: Writing technologies and critical research practices. New directions in computers and composition studies. Ablex Pub. Corp., Greenwich, CT.

[Ulmer, 2003] Ulmer, G. L. (2003). Internet Invention: From Literacy to Electracy. Longman.

Using the Internet as the steering wheel for the overall campaign

Patrick Ruffini argues that whereas direct mail is a tactical communications medium, online media are (or can be) strategic media:

If you view the Internet as a shiny new toy, or worse, a new coat of paint on the old jalopy, you're missing the point. Increasingly, it's becoming the platform from which campaign strategy itself is executed. That's why stuff like body language towards the medium at the candidate level matters (Fred's blogging, Barack's dinners, Hillary's Sopranoing). Tactics without strategy will get you nowhere.

techPresident – Message vs. Tactics Online

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Obama: the first female president?

In the same metaphorical sense that Bill Clinton was described as the first Black president.

Hillary is from Mars, Obama is from Venus | Salon News

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Whole Foods' CEO caught anonymously posting about his company and rivals

John Mackey, iconoclastic CEO of Whole Foods, posted freely on Yahoo Finance stock forums from 1999 to 2006 "under an alias ["Rahodeb"] to avoid having his comments associated with the Company and to avoid others placing too much emphasis on his remarks," according to a company statement. The WSJ continues:
Mr. Mackey declined to be interviewed. But he soon posted on the company Web site, saying that the FTC was quoting Rahodeb "to embarrass both me and Whole Foods." He also said: "I posted on Yahoo! under a pseudonym because I had fun doing it. Many people post on bulletin boards using pseudonyms." He said that "I never intended any of those postings to be identified with me."
Whole Foods Is Hot, Wild Oats a Dud -- So Said 'Rahodeb' -

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Austin named "Startup Hub" by Fast Company

No surprise there. But this stands out:
Among the city's characteristics that landed Austin on the list are the high number of Wi-Fi hot spots per capita and its relatively young population, according to the magazine.
Yes, I remember a few years ago passing a Dairy Queen and seeing this on the marquee: "FREE WIFI INTERNET." Now that's what I call wireless market penetration.

Austin named "Startup Hub" by Fast Company - Austin Business Journal:

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Flock upgrade

Steve O'Hear has a nice comprehensive overview. I've been using Flock for a while now, and really miss it when I have to go back to Firefox.

» Flock: social browser gets significant update | The Social Web |

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Versionate -- a better competitor to GDocs?

TechCrunch notes that Y Combinator, the incubator that brought us Scribd, has unveiled wiki product Versionate. Michael Arrington thinks it's going to be a strong competitor to GDocs, particularly since you can upload Office documents (Word and Excel), OpenOffice docs, images, etc. Versionate's comparison chart doesn't include GDocs, but it does give you a good idea of what it can do -- including group-level permissions, something that is sorely lacking in GDocs.

It has a free version, so maybe I'll try it out soon.

Versionate’s Wiki End Run Around Google Docs

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Faux Spinuzzis

Now spambots are opening blog accounts in my name.


Slow week; computers and writing

I haven't been on the blog much lately due to several commitments -- most notably SIGDOC, which looks like it's going to be very good this year.

However, I'm now turning to my next project, assembling a reading list for my fall grad course: "Computers and writing: History, Theory, Philosophy." Any suggestions? Feel free to email me directly or just post your suggestions in the comments. If there's enough interest, I'll post my completed list.