The Poet and the Computer

The essential problem of man in a computerized age remains the same as it has always been.  That problem is not solely how to be more productive, more comfortable, more content, but how to be more sensitive, more sensible, more proportionate, more alive.  The computer makes possible a phenomenal leap in human proficiency; it demolishes the fences around the practical and even theoretical intelligence.  But the question persists and indeed…

Northwestern says star journalism professor lied – Chicago Tribune

Northwestern University officials blasted a heralded journalism professor Wednesday, accusing him of doctoring records and repeatedly lying to his department’s dean and the school’s lawyers. Star professor David Protess has been at odds with his university for months, but school officials launched their strongest offensive yet, saying his conduct could “undermine the integrity” of the university, its students and the news media. via Northwestern says star journalism professor lied –…

Writing Text, Writing Code, Writing Connections

Julie Meloni put together this panel. Whens he invited me to submit a paper, I had already committed to another panel, so I offered to chair. I started with the joke about how the computer programmer died in the shower. (He read the instructions: “Wash, rinse, repeat.”  I also invoked Cory Doctorow’s urgent plea, in Little Brother, that everyone has to learn how to code — even if they only…

Theorizing Writing in Digital Spaces: From Romance Genre to the “Secondary Orality”

These are my rough notes, nearly liveblogged (posted as soon as I had access to WiFi in the lobby). Paul Rogers and Andrea Lunsford, “Writing Lives in a Digital Landscape: Investigating the Boundaries between Extracurricular and Academic Writing in Higher Education” Stephanie Moody, “Virtual Relations: Exploring the Literacy Practices of a Romance Genre eCommunity.” Wendy Brownson, “New Media Literacy within an Era of Secondary Orality.”