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Computers and Writing: The Cyborg Era incorporates a simultaneous emphasis on members, groups, and contexts they proportion; an inventive rethinking of the nature and values of the pcs and writing neighborhood; a holistic exploration of meaning-making; and an activist method of pedagogy. it's a must-read e-book for a person drawn to rhetoric, expertise, and pedagogy, together with college, graduate scholars, and associates in professions outdoor the academy.

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For the next two summers, I team taught this WWNFF course at SUNY–Purchase to secondary school teachers from New York City. Those were great learning experiences that pushed me to ask more questions of my ACE colleagues. I have continued to attend sessions at national conferences to learn more, helped facilitate workshops with my ACE and IWCA peers, and done some case study research that I published. Over the years, people in ACE like Stephen Marcus, William Wresch, Hugh Burns, Cindy Selfe, Michael Day, and many others have been great mentors for my use of computers and writing.

Right now I find that the most important aspect for the computers and writing community to address is the importance of writing for different formats. When we use the computers for writing something traditional as a report or an article, or when we use for writing material for the Web, we face very different communication situations. It is the case of “making something in writing” or using the complex options of a modern computer: text, images, sounds . . and making all this work together. Neither the differences have been fully explored yet, nor the difficulties.

And I’m certainly not opposed in principle to the production and consumption of geegaws. But I would suggest that both the promise new media once held—and still hold—for teaching, and the promise they once held—and still hold—for aesthetic (and unapologetically radical) innovation, are rightly premised on our capacity, however impractical, for undisciplined behavior. And I’m left wondering whether, in the face of those disparities of material resources and sheer imagination that typify the postsecondary system—a small world, to be sure, and growing smaller with each successive incursion by the private sector—whether we can muster the collective will to research ourselves on a regular basis in order to advance, for a change, some advanced knowledge of our own ever-receding hairlines.

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