Making Contact: Touch Screens and Antimaterialism

Below is the text of the presentation I gave at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis. It’s part of a larger project so I’m hoping this little bit makes some sense. Basically arguing that touch is never … Continue reading

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Reasserting Thing-Power: Roughness as a Response to Antimaterialism

Here’s the talk I gave at the 2013 DH Forum at the University of Kansas today. It was a well organized conference. Many thanks to all who attended, tweeted, and asked such great questions. Here are my slides, if you’re … Continue reading

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Between WordPress and a Hard Place

I’m sharing the text of the presentation I gave today at CCCC. The title is “Between WordPress and a Hard Place,” and I was part of a panel offering critical perspectives on the Course Management System (CMS) in higher education. … Continue reading

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McLuhan on Choice and Media Hybrids

According to Marshall McLuhan, the media that we use—“extensions” of ourselves—are powerful influences. The contemporary trend is to see these prostheses as mere tools. As a consequence, we live in a state of “inattention and unawareness of the situation” (92). … Continue reading

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The Logic of the Culture Industry

In “The Culture Industry” from Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944), Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer argue that technique, calculability, and uniformity are the reigning forces that govern Western society. The “culture industry” is a term that reflects the nature of popular … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin, Politics, and Art in the Age of Xerox

A recent article in The Atlantic claimed that “the most unsung birthday in American business and technological history [...] may be the 50th anniversary of the Xerox 914 photocopier.” Photography and cinema did for art what the Xerox did for … Continue reading

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Assigning Sophie Books in the Poetry Workshop

Why does a book have to be made out of paper? With computer programs like Sophie, they don’t. Sophie is a multimodal reading and writing platform designed and distributed by the Institute for the Future of the Book and sponsored … Continue reading

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Poetry at Stake in a Self/Technology Divide

What fascinates me about emerging media studies is that its lines of inquiry almost always cause cracks in the most foundational definitions, value systems, and assumptions that a vast majority of people accept uncritically. What we take for granted in … Continue reading

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Poem as Artifact, Poem as Technofact

The technology used to create poetry never becomes obsolete. It lives through physical artifacts and discourse, constantly mediating the reading experience. I tend to be in the “language camp” of readers. Rhetorical analysis of a text has always been a … Continue reading

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Digital Poetry: Boldly Going Where Most Poetry Has Gone Before

In his book Digital Poetics (2002), Loss Pequeno Glazier is on a mission to bring poetry into the discourse of contemporary digital culture: “For one not to see the connection between poetic practice and new technology seems to undervalue a … Continue reading

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