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The Power of Images & Digital Media

In the late 19th to early 20th century, when new forms of capitalism were on the rise, so too were competitive efforts by various producers to instill a common desire for its goods and services among the public. As this … Continue reading

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Electronic writing

The text processor transforms in how we think of writing. Helm (1987) contends that through electronic text, language can be edited, stored, manipulated, and rearranged in ways that make typewriters obsolete (pp. 1-2). The mechanization of the word, popularized by … Continue reading

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Learning Through Hypertext

In his article, As We May Think, Vannevar Bush (1945) responds to the (at that time) current state of information storage and retrieval stating, “The human mind does not work that way.  It operates by association.  With one item in … Continue reading

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Feasibility of E-textbooks

Kress (2005) noted that “the once dominant paper-based media – the newspaper and the book above all – are giving way to the screen” (p. 17).  This phenomenon has made its way into the classroom as educators must choose between … Continue reading

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over Function. At the start of the fourth chapter of his book Writing Space, Bolter (2011) points out the obvious when he writes that “we are living in a visual culture” (p.47).  “Photoshop”, the name given to an image manipulation … Continue reading

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Literacy in the 21st Century

In response to the first two chapters of Jay David Bolter’s Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print, the concept of text is changing and thus changing the concept of literacy. Literacy today does not mean that we … Continue reading

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The Internet: A Place for Minority Voices

 The Internet: A Place for Minority Voices Introduction In Writing Space, Bolter (2011) noted that past remediations of text resulted in the leaving behind of culturally irrelevant texts. These lost voices, Bolter claimed,  will belong to smaller, poorer groups of … Continue reading

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Hypertext: The Drive for Immediacy

Introduction In Chapter 3 of Writing space: Computers, Hypertext and the Remediation of Print, Bolter (2001) states that, “Hypertext, in all its electronic forms…is the remediation of print” (p. 42).  In fact, he contends that hypertext is a distinct genre … Continue reading

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Storing the World’s Knowledge

When predicting the future developments in writing technology and the directions of knowledge storage at the close of World War II, Vannevar Bush (1945) was faced with a very different world than those of us who consider these technologies in … Continue reading

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