digital rhetoric

Writing Technocultures, Pt. II

I’ve been thinking more about how to organize my book. I still like the general shape I laid out before: History, Theory, Pedagogy. However, I want to include some internal repeating elements, as I see each section as making similar moves and engaging in related activities. For example, each chapter will likely include close reading of some art object: film, novel, poem, etc. Many of the chapters will have references to programs here at Cortland–professional writing, my own classes, Uniplanet–or other places I’ve been (SUNY-Albany, Georgia Tech). Each chapter will have a “theory” section, though that’s not what I want to call it, maybe “medi(t)ations.” And I need to name the primary section of each chapter: for the moment let’s term them “sites,” which I like in part b/c it is homophonic with cites. So, for example, part one is History. It might look like this. Site: The Dawn of Writing Discusses research on this area, particularly claims about cognitive effects, and the connections made between this historical moment and our own. Medi(t)ation: Speech and Gesture Introduces Derrida’s argument about the pluridimensional mythogram. Texts: SnowCrash/Mumbo Jumbo Two texts that deal with this moment and discuss it in terms of disease: fits in well with Derrida’s pharmakon. Dis/Courses: The Evolution of Writing The genesis of this course and why we saw it as necessary. How this issue becomes an integral part of new media literarcy studies. Sites: 19th century New Media Nineteenth-century development of media production technologies and how they relate to the birth of literary analysis. Texts: The Difference Engine This novel’s alternate history allows for an investigation of the relations between media technologies and disciplinary power. This will pull out some of the threads in the previous medi(t)ations section. Sites: Cybernetics The Difference Engine leads us into a discussion of computing beginning with Babbage and Ada Lovelace and then into modern computing.

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