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The Two Virtuals: New Media and Composition
In THE TWO VIRTUALS, Alex Reid shows that to understand the relationship between our traditional, humanistic realm of thought, subjectivity, and writing and the emerging virtual space of networked media, we need to recognize the common material space they share. The book investigates this shared space through a study of two, related conceptions of the virtual. The first vi ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 30th 2007 by Parlor Press
(first published July 1st 2007)
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A must-read for anyone teaching writing in the digital age. What Reid reminds us of in The Two Virtuals is that technology is not a new beast. What is new is the type of technologies we're dealing with and the ways in which we use them. Scholars like to talk about paradigm shifts in education but that phrase is misleading. A paradigm shift implies the transition from one path to another. In the material existences of daily living, what is more likely to occur is an overlapping of one path onto a ...more
Here Alexander Reid addresses a gap between the study of new media technologies in education and the more traditional humanities roots of composition studies by exploring the virtual spaces of the computer and Internet in terms of philosophical ideas of materiality. Through multiple examples of writing technologies past and present as well as websites and classroom projects, Reid shows how this philosophical tradition can help us better understand these ever-evolving technologies and their impac ...more