In How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis (2012), N. Katherine Hayles asserted that we think “through, with, and alongside media” (p. 1). She argued for connections between cognition, technology, humanity, and evolution. She both described and performed these complex connections by engaging print-based texts, databases, historical technology, and digital archives.
Jessi Thomsen enjoying sunshine and volleyball.
Jessi Thomsen received her BA in studio art, minor in English, and MEd in secondary teaching from Creighton University. She has taught in secondary schools in Omaha for five years and is now a graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She teaches in the First-Year Writing program while pursuing an MA in English and graduate certificates in advanced writing and technical communication. Her research and studies concentrate on rhetoric and composition pedagogy; however, she enjoys blurring the boundaries between academic, technical, and creative writing. For an example of her work, visit the UNO Women's Archive Project to view the profile, contextual essay, and graphic narrative she created for Grace Harlan Kennedy. Also, look for her 2014 articles in Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction and Teaching English in the Two-Year College. In addition to her academic pursuits, Jessi has an affinity for sunshine and volleyball.
Hayles connected humanity and technology in ways that match our intuitive understanding—ways that researchers and academics often resist. There is much to react to and question in her book, as the concepts are both provocative and progressive. How We Think illustrated tensions between humanity and technology: their historical contexts and the possibilities of their coevolution.