Novel Cartographies, New Correspondences
Novel Cartographies, New Correspondences
Novel Cartographies, New Correspondences

Novel Cartographies, New Correspondences

Essay in a Print Collection (2010)

Writing and the Digital Generation

Official Description of the Collection

“Is it true that, in this era of digitization and mass media, reading and writing are on the decline? In a thought-provoking collection of essays and profiles, 30 contributors explore what may instead be a rise in rhetorical activity, an upsurge due in part to the sudden blurring of the traditional roles of creator and audience in participatory media. This collection explores topics too often overlooked by traditional academic scholarship, though critical to an exploration of rhetoric and popular culture, including fan fiction, reality television, blogging, online role-playing games, and Fantasy Football. Both scholarly and engaging, this text draws rhetorical studies into the digital age.” —Heater Urbanski, editor

Essay Description

“Novel Cartographies, New Correspondences” contributes to Writing and the Digital Generation by arguing for new media as vehicles for social change, rather than as virtual representations distinct from the actual world. It uses the trope of “correspondence” to mark the material intersections between lived and online practices.

What I Learned

“Novel Cartographies, New Correspondences” was my first print publication, and it builds upon a previously published journal article, “Geolocating Compositional Strategies at the Virtual University” (screen shots left). What I especially learned from contributing to Writing and the Digital Generation was how to open my own published work to critique and to respond to those critiques (in writing) by articulating new research trajectories.

Since Publication

In Kairos 15.2, Danielle Roney Roach writes: “This collection is one of many texts that are leading the conversation about new media rhetoric—developing a broader reach through the use of the very media they examine, these authors can continue in that charge.” Elsewhere, in Science Fiction Studies 38.3, Lisa Yaszek concludes her review by saying: “Writing and the Digital Generation captured my heart and engaged my mind.”

(The first image on the left is a cropped image of the cover for the book, Writing and the Digital Generation, which is referenced above. The second and third images are screen shots from my article (co-authored with Curtis Hisayasu) in Issue 12.2 of Kairos.)