Week 1: Technology, Literacy, Society and Mind

Then Literacy is contingent and/or based on an idea of progress constructed in some smoke-filled room. Danger of expanding literacy to everything.

Now Stop being so paranoid, (un)Lauren. Literacy is contextual.


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Week 2: Terms of Engagement: Approaches to Technology

Regarding technology, it’s important to ask: What’s lost and what’s gained? Isn’t everything really a technology? Access – should be a concern in literacy as well as technology. The Great Divide (Is Goody bad news?) The McLuhan Way—say a lot of indefensible things, but keep people thinking.

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Why are there so many divides? (No, he’s just misunderstood.) Discovered when I was doing research for my final project:  

Week 3: Does Writing Organize Society and Mind?




Week 5: Writing Systems and Technologies

Writing is a technology (and writing itself was the first writing technology.)

All literacies are technologies.

PocketEdge. There’s this weird inbetween stage in technology development where we’re looking for ways to protect against fraud. Week 6: The Printing Press as Agent of (Literacy) Change PRINT! 1) What makes a revolution? 2) Is it necessarily TD to attribute a revolution to a technology? Schools themselves are agents of change; literacy has not always been the domain of schools (as we know them now). 2) Probably. If subsequent scholars are any indication, Eisenstein may never live down how the case she made for “the print press as agent,” no matter how many sassy prefaces she writes. Why do we often see schools as the only places for learning and creating? One of the greatest things I learned from Week 8 (see below) was that they most certainly aren’t. This seems just as true today as it was in the era that Graff discusses. Part of the current ubiquity of “literacy” and “technology” as terms seems to be their ability to induce panic and thus, funding (and maybe vice versa?).  

Literacy and technology both seem to lend themselves to obsession quantification.  

Week 7: Writing as Inscription Technology

Method: How do you write about something and write about everything around it? Can technologies possess literacies? “We simultaneously possess two opposed notions about the digital: it lasts forever

This one continues to stump me.

Week 8: 21C Century Literacy Practices

and it’s fleeting.” (This is a comment I heard Lisa Gitelman make in a casual conversation on the day of her talk, and I think it’s really awesome.) Two ways to divide youth (and not youth?) new media: Peer-based, interestdriven Third places Multiliteracies: culture, context, cognition. Everything is connected to everything. Pedagogy is connected to everything. Interviewing an eight year old about technology is going to be so awesome.

Hanging out is learning.

Week 9: Spring Break

The New London Group: showing that a ridiculous amount of scholars from across the disciplines can come together, but what they produce may seem a little wild. No, it’s really not. (She was insightful and adorable, though, and I got to talk about Animal Crossing.)

Week 10: Literacy and Technology in Composition and Rhetoric


(Made, during our interview, with her Nintendo DSi) Collaboration and revision (together!) is dang hard work. No matter how much we might value questioning authority and authorship, it still feels a little icky to touch the work of a rock star. I still don’t know how to answer this. All I know is that I should quit complaining about e-mail; there was a time when it represented hope and community . . . Ahhh, a time before spam.

What is e-mail? A genre? A Form?

Week 11: Institutional Frameworks for Digital Literacies

Multiliteracies v. 2.0: This seems much more doable than the New London Group’s claims. Three kinds: Functional, Critical, Rhetorical. We need to work to entangle these. We (humanists) need to learn, to take part in the debates on the digital. Notemaking How much familiarity is seen as a value in all things technological. I’m obsessed with Haas’s obsession with specs. Scrambled books!


Week 12: Materialities of Literacy


Week 13: New (?) Literacy Practices

I think I may have been the only one really excited about Aarseth’s discussion of scrambled books, but seriously, y’all. He’s right; they are amazing. Now that I think about it, the Gitelman comment that I quoted above about the simultaneous ephemerality and permanence of the digital seems to occupy a similar space as many of Fitzpatrick’s claims about writing.

How are our ways of writing, editing, reading, publishing out-of-date? What kind of values do they support?

Week 14: New Materialities of Literacy

For Hayles, in code, the possibilities all exist . . .



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