Literacies and Technologies: A Reader for the Contemporary Writer / Edition 1

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This reader encourages students to explore the relationship between literacy and technology and the implications of that relationship on their culture and on their own lives at a time of rapid social and technological change. With an innovative perspective, Literacies and Technologies addresses the topic of "technology" broadly, highlighting the important relationships between technology and literacy at a time when technology is profoundly changing how we read and write. Yagelski includes all aspects of technology as they pertain to writing-from the pencil to the printing press to Internet publishing-and offers a historical perspective on recent technological developments, especially related to the computer and the Internet. The analytic framework of this book encourages readers to view literacy as encompassing the ability to engage the world through written communication, a way of using writing and reading to reflect on, understand, and act in the world. Technology refers to tools and systems created for this purpose. Thus technology includes literacy itself, as literacy is a system that helps to construct, create and function in the world. Thought-provoking readings and exercises are included through out the book, providing opportunities for readers to improve their reflective and analytic literacies. For anyone interested in developing skills in writing, reading and critical thinking while exploring a new perspective on technology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321051189
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Idea of Progress.
Introductory Essay.
1. "Luddite vs. Fetishist," A Dialogue Between Bill Henderson and Tim Barkow. HotWired 27 January-5 February.
2. Neil Postman, "The Judgment of Thamus." Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Vintage Books, 1992. 3 - 20.
3. Alan Cheuse, "Counting Forward, Counting Back." In How We Want to Live, edited by Susan Richards Shreve and Porter Shreve. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1998. 27 - 33.
4. Deborah Tannen, "Connections." In How We Want to Live, edited by Susan Richards Shreve and Porter Shreve. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1998. 131 - 135.
5. Sven Birkerts, "Into the Electronic Millennium." The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1994. 117 - 133.
6. Henry David Thoreau, "Economy." Walden. New York: New American Library, 1960. 7 - 16.
7. David S. Bennahum, "Ballad of the Unabomber." MEME 1.04, September 24, 1995. (http://memex.org/meme1-04.html).
Furthering Your Inquiry.

2. The Technologies of Literacy.
Introductory Essay.
8. Steven Johnson, "How the Computer Changed My Writing" (excerpt from Chapter 5, "Text"). Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate. New York: HarperEdge, 1997. 138 - 145.
9. Wendell Berry, "Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer" with letters and Berry's response. In Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club. Ed. Bill Henderson. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1996. 35 - 48.
10. Julian Dibbell, "The Writer a la Modem, Or, The Death of the Author on the Installment Plan." 1993. (Firstpublished as "Let's Get Digital." The Voice Literary Supplement, March 1993).
11. Gale Lawrence, "Pencils." In Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club. Ed. Bill Henderson. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1996. 13 - 17.
12. Marcia Ascher and Robert Ascher, "Odyssey." Code of the Quipu: A Study in Media, Mathematics, and Culture." Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1981. 1 - 11.
13. Jay David Bolter, "The Late Age of Print." Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, 1991. 1 - 11.
14. Umberto Eco, "The Future of Literacy." In Robert Lumley, ed. Apocalypse Postponed. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994. 64 - 71.
Furthering Your Inquiry.

3. Literacy, Technology, and Identity.
Introductory Essay.
15. Jimmy Santiago Baca, "Becoming a Poet." Excerpt from Working in the Dark: Reflections of a Poet of the Barrio. Sante Fe: NM: Red Crane Books, 1992. 3-11.
16. Barbara Christian Smith, "Black Feminist Process: In the Midst of . . ." Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers. Elmsford, New York: Pergamon Press, 1985. ix - xv.
17. David S. Bennahum, Extra Life: Coming of Age in Cyberspace. New York: Basic Books, 1998.
18. Andrea R. Fishman, "Becoming Literate: A Lesson From the Amish." In Andrea A. Lunsford, Helene Moglen, and James Slevin, eds., The Right to Literacy. New York: MLA, 1990. 29-38.
19. Margaret Finders, "Entering Adolescence: Literacy and Allegiance in Junior High." Just Girls: Hidden Literacies and Life in Junior High. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1997. 31 - 47.
20. Camille Sweeney, "In a Chat Room, You Can Be NE1: Constructing a Teen-age Self On Line." New York Times Magazine, October 17, 1999: pp. 66-70.
21. Janet Carey Eldred, "The Technology of Voice." College Composition and Communication 48 (Oct. 1997): 334 - 347.
Furthering Your Inquiry.

4. Reading, Writing, Computing, and Schooling.
Introductory Essay.
22. Rondinone, Peter J. "Open Admission and the Inward I." In John Chaffee. Thinking Critically. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1985. 266-274.
23. Emily Weiner, "Reflections of an Online Graduate." New York Times Book Review, August 4, 1996, p. 42.
24. Lisa Delpit, "'Hello Grandfather': Lessons From Alaska." Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. New York: The New Press, 1995. 91 - 104.
25. E. D. Hirsch, "Cultural Literacy." The American Scholar, vol. 52 (spring 1983). (copyright by United Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa).
26. Paulo Freire, "The Banking Concept of Education." Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum, 1970.
27. Bigelow, Bill. "On the Road to Cultural Bias: A Critique of 'The Orgeon Trail' CD-ROM." Rethinking Schools 10 (Fall 1995): 14-18.
28. Sherry Turkle, "Seeing Through Computers: Education in a Culture of Simulation." The American Prospect 31(March-April 1997): 76-82. available at http://epn.org/prospect/spencer.html.
Furthering Your Inquiry.

5. Writing Technologies and the Workplace.
Introductory Essay.
29. Cynthia Hoffman, "What Do You Do For a Living? Me? I Type Really Fast." Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everday Life. 1998. Available at http://eserver.org/bs/37/hoffman.html.
30. Maia Szalavtiz, "A Virtual Life." New York Times Magazine, December 9, 1996, p. 50.
31. Margery W. Davies, "Women Clerical Workers and the Typewriter: The Writing Machine." In Cheris Kramarae, ed., Technology and Women's Voices: Keeping in Touch. New York: Routledge, 1988. 29 - 40.
32. Robert J. Samuelson. "The Myth of Cyber Inequality." Newsweek (February 27, 1995): 55.
33. Interview with Robert Reich, MEME 2.02, January 24, 1996 http://memex.org/meme2-02.html.
34. Richard Ohmann. "Literacy, Technology, and Monopoly Capital." College English 47 (1985): 675-684.
35. Deborah Brandt, "Sponsors of Literacy." College Composition and Communication 49 (May 1998): 165-185.
Furthering Your Inquiry.

6. The Power of the Written Word.
Introductory Essay.
36. Min-zhan Lu, "From Silence to Words: Writing as Struggle." College English 49 (April 1987): 437 - 448.
37. June Jordan, "Nobody Mean More to Me Than You and the Future Life of Willie Jordan." Harvard Educational Review (August 1988).
38. Malcolm X, "Learning to Read." Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Grove Press, 1965.
39. Alberto Manguel, "Forbidden Reading." A History of Reading. New York: Viking, 1996. 279 - 289.
40. Robert M. Utley, "Head Chief." The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull. New York: Henry Holt, 1993. 76 - 84.
41. Jamie Candelaria Greene, "Misperspectives on Literacy: A Critique of an Anglocentric Bias in Histories of American Literacy." Written Communication 11 (April 1994): 251-269.
42. Karen Coyle, "Copyright in the Digital Age." San Francisco Public Library, August 7, 1996.
Furthering Your Inquiry.

7. Futures.
Introductory Essay.
43. Amy Bruckman, "Christmas Unplugged." Technology Review, January 1995, pp. 64-65.
44. Ellen Goodman, "It's T-Day, as in Traditions." Boston Globe, November 25, 1999, p. A27.
45. "In Search Of The Poetry In Technology: An Amiable Debate between Paul Jones and Betty Adcock." By Educom Review Staff. Educom Review Volume 33, Number 1, January/February 1998.
46. Peter F. Drucker: "Beyond the Information Revolution." Atlantic Monthly, October, 1999, pp. 47 - 57.
47. "Public Life in Electropolis," A Dialogue on Virtual Communities with Mark Slouka, Howard Rheingold, and William Mitchell. FEED magazine, August, September, 1995.

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