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Writing Technology: Studies on the Materiality of Literacy

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Academic and practitioner journals in fields from electronics to business to language studies, as well as the popular press, have for over a decade been proclaiming the arrival of the "computer revolution" and making far-reaching claims about the impact of computers on modern western culture. Implicit in many arguments about the revolutionary power of computers is the assu ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Routledge
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Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hard to believe this book is over ten years old, as her questions, connections, and conclusions are still incredibly fresh. Haas asks hard questions of the ways we think technologies interact with literacy, cognition, and culture. This is a useful text, in that it goes beyond examinations of particular and proprietary technologies (as we so often see today) and into the theoretical issues beneath. The list of useful questions she asks (and answers) is too long to list, but here are a few of the ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book. When I picked it up, I didn’t think it would have anything to do with my research interests—I like new media studies, but I’ve always been a little skeptical and, honestly, I feel like it’s “not my job.” This is the perfect book for people of my mindframe: people who are wary of Lanham’s enthusiasm, but aren’t complete Luddites. More than just being a very thought-provoking book (I can’t help but connect this with Carr’s The Shallows and Is Google Making Us Stupid?—altho ...more
Chris Friend
A very dense read that now seems dated, this text presents the Technology Question as one started by Plato (with his critiques of writing) but still unanswered. Presents several specific studies about the influence of material (or digital) text production and encourages a greater awareness thereof.

"The question of whether, and how, changes in individuals' writing experiences with new technologies translate into large-scale, cultural `revolutions' remains unsolved" (ix). Like the author, I would
May 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Incredibly difficult reading. I wanted to learn about technology and writing, but this was very hard going.
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