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Writing New Media

Essays by Cynthia L. Selfe and Geoffrey Sirc
presentation by Karen K. Lee

Cynthia L. Selfe
founder and co-editor of Computers and Composition: An International Journal for Teachers of Writing former chair of CCCC Author and co-author of many books, including: Global Literacies and the WorldWide Web Technology and Literacy in the Twenty-first Century Literacy, Technology, and Society Professor of Composition & Gaming Lives in the Twenty-First Communication, Michigan Technological UniCentury versity

The New London Group
A group of ten literacy scholars with varied interests from Australia, Great Britain, and the United States gathered in New London, New Hampshire in 1994. Their goal: to bring together concepts and ideas from various fields in different English-speaking countries to develop a new theory of literacy.

The New London Group
Two key assertions resulting from the group’s discussions:

an acknowledgment that current communications

media are retooling the methods in which people are utilizing language; as such, “there cannot be one set of standards or skills that constitute the ends of literacy learning, however taught” (64).

The New London Group

The adoption of the word “multiliteracies” to guide pedagogy toward the goal of responding to the world’s exponentially growing connectivity – and diversity.

The New London Group
The results of their work was the article “A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures” which appeared in Harvard Educational Review 66:1 (Spring 1996). The Group described it as more of a manifesto and not a complete work on the subject.

“Composition in a New Key”
In a multimedia presentation of her Chair’s Address to CCCC in 2004, Kathleen Blake Yancey urged her audience to consider making some major changes to the way composition is taught:

Consider what students are composing relates or

compares to genres outside of the classroom

consider what the best medium and the best

delivery for such a communication might be;

then create and share those different

communication pieces in those different media, to different audiences;

think about what students might take with them

from one medium to the next

consider how these transfers between compsoing

in different media help prepare them to become members of a writing public (311).

Geoffrey Sirc du Soleil
Professor of English, University of Minnesota

Turn-ons include the Sex Pistols, hiphop, and Marcel Duchamp
won the 2003 Winterowd Award for Outstanding Book in the Field a Happening. of Composition Composition as Theory for his book

Duchamp’s Green Box
The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Green Box) (1934) Contains one color plate, 93 notes, and photographs and facsimiles by Duchamp. It is a compilation of the artist's creative thought process during the conception (while in Paris and New York) and execution (while in New York) of The Large Glass. 320 of these were produced.

Joseph Cornell
Collage artist who worked mostly with found objects; he had a filing system of over 160 "dossiers", images and information on themes that he found intriguing. of “Crystal Cage (Portrait
Berenice)” 1943.

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How do we change the attitude that visual and new media are “second class texts”? How do we deal with resistance from students and from fellow instructors? How do we evaluate students’ work? What do we do about the technology divide? Are Sirc’s assignments too complex, or not challenging enough?

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