Kairos: A Journal For Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments

Kairos  3.1 Call for Reviews

Kairos  3.1 will focus on copyright, intellectual property rights, and plagiarism, especially as they relate to cyberspace and the Internet. For this issue, we'd like to include reviews of books, articles or collections of articles, web sites, software, email list discussions or groups, conference presentations or caucuses, and legislation proposed or in the works, which concern any of the three issues.

The deadline for all reviews for Kairos  3.1 is January 27, 1998.

We welcome your ideas for resources to review and also suggest these for consideration; multiple reviewers of a single source are welcome:


The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature, ed. by Martha Woodmansee and Peter Jaszi, Duke U Press, 1994.

Authorship: From Plato to the Postmodern, ed. by Sean Burke, Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1995.1994.

Thomas Mallon's Stolen Words, Forays into the Origins and Ravages of Plagiarism, Penguin Books, 1989.

Ronald V Bettig's Copyrighting Culture: The Political Economy of Intellectual Property. New York: Westview P, 1996.

James Boyle's Shamans, Software, and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society, Harvard UP, 1997.

M. Ethan Katsh's Law in a Digital World, Oxford U. Press, 1995, and The Electronic Media and the Transformation of Law Oxford U. Press, 1989.

Lance Rose's Netlaw, Your Rights in the Online World, Osborne (McGraw Hill), 1995.

Web Resources

Conference workshops or presentations

We welcome reviews and summaries from anyone who attends a conference or workshop on Intellectual Property, Copyright, or Plagiarism, especially, but not limited to, as these apply to electronic writing environments.

E-Mail List Archives and Discussions

A recent discussion on ACW-L concering plagiarism and IP can be reviewed in its archived form. We welcome reviews from members of ACW-L who either lurked or participated in the discussion, as well as from others who may wish to seek it out. To reach the archive for the month when the subject held sway, go to http://www.ttu.edu/lists/acw-l/9710/. The archive is a good way to do a review because references made to online sources can be followed directly from the URL given in the archived message. Intrepid readers are invited to follow up on other e-mail list archives they may have found; they are also invited to join an email list that discusses IP, copyright, and/or plagiarism and to write a review of the list.

Your Own Webthology

As you may have gathered from the long list of web sites and the references to e-mail list archives, the web is almost always more than one web site. For example, you may do an AltaVista Search for "intellectual property" +copyright + plagiarism +"writing teacher", and then use the results--the hits--as a basis for reading and exploring. If you review as a collection whatever you find from such searches, we'd welcome that.


We also know many scholars contain bookmarks for worthy sources; you are welcome to scan your bookmarks on IP, copyright, plagiarism and to write a survey and review of what you have.

This is new and experimental, so please feel free to query Nick Carbone for more information (a.k.a. to help him figure this concept out).


There are a number of software products: Eastgate's Web Squirrel and Forefront's WebWhacker to name but two, which allow a user to download websites onto their hard drives for easier reading, subsequently offering the ability to edit the files. Products such as these change the reader's relationship to the web. We seek reviews which do two things: one, examine the products to see how well they work; two, consider how the product changes how one interacts (if they do at all) with what one downloads. Does property become more malleable and therefore less permanent on our own harddrives than it is on the Web?

We are also open to ideas for reviewing software that supports writing bibliographies (Bibliocite, for example), and that operates as a stand alone product.

Kairos  3.2 Call for Reviews

Deadline for reviews for Kairos  3.2 is June 15, 1998

English Grammars and Handbooks and the Internet

Kairos 3.2 will be published late October or early November, about the same time many teachers and students are thinking ahead to the next semester's courses; for teachers this is a time for considering what books to order for those courses. For this issue, then, we'd like to focus on a particular type of book, the handbook. Most handbooks now include, or are in the process of adding to their next editions, sections on how to use the Internet. Further, many of handbooks now include electronic versions on disk or cd-rom as well as websites that serve as companions to the book.

We'd like to have a cluster of reviews of these books and any companion or publisher affiliated web sites that complement these books. While you're attending conferences in the next few months and visiting publisher's booths, keep your eye out. If you're interested in reviewing a book and cannot get to a conference, most publishers will send you a review copy. Herewith a brief sampling, by no means complete, representing only handbooks that have come to our attention:

As we all know, there are many, many more handbooks than these, so whether you are a publisher and would like a handbook to be considered, or are a potential reviewer and have some other handbook(s) in mind, please feel free to contact our Reviews Editor, Nick Carbone at nickc@english.umass.edu with your ideas.

Email lists and Usenet Groups

As a companion to the handbook cluster, we also welcome reviews and perspectives on the many email lists and usenet groups which discuss matters of English prose writing, and more sometimes more narrowly, grammar, usuage, and style.

Non-Academic/Publishing Web Sites for Writers and Writing

In addition to the sites which accompany English handbooks, and those which are essentially OWLs affiliated with colleges and universities, there are a number of websites for the non-academic writer. These range from those maintained by the hobbyist to those written by the publishing professional. We'd like reviews of these sites for Kairos 3.2


Reading on the web is a matter of following links, going where your interest takes you. We sometimes mark our trails with bookmarks, or notes. One way to consider a reading experience is to combine a series of bookmarks, with the browser's history of links. We invite readers to submit reviews of their reading travels--where'd you go?, what'd you find?, how'd you like it?, and would you recommend that we go to it too? The Webthology offers a way for you to comment upon the disparate strands you gather and weave into meaning.

Kairos  is sponsored by the national Alliance for Computers and Writing, http://english.ttu.edu/acw/