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Examples of New Media Production
cheryl and joyce debate definition of new media
Reading & Writing
In Digital Spaces
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"It is evident from the scholarship available that compositionists are interested in new media. Yet, they do not seem to value creating new media texts for scholarly publication to explore the multimodal capabilities of new technologies. The linear tradition of composition scholars' publications about new media techniques causes me to suggest that this type of scholarship should not be called new media scholarship, but should, more accurately, be labeled scholarship about new media" (p. 407).

Cheryl Ball, 2004.

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"Hyper.Activity" is a web text that began as a conference presentation - that began as a course paper - that began as a simple idea: that composing a "new media" text is a completely different experience than writing a conventional paper. I realize this is an obvious statement, but over the last couple of years, I have remained convinced we do not yet have a a very good understanding of what happens to our efforts to write in scholarly ways when we move into digital environments.

Both the content of this webtext and its visual design are an attempt to think about this issue and to consider the ways in which reading/writing processes for new media texts remain incompatible with the expectations of readers and composers of traditional scholarly work. The physical and design features of the webtext are outlined below:

Ball, Cheryl E. (2004). Show, not tell: The value of new media scholarship. Computers and Composition, 21, 403-425.

Gossett, Kathie; Lamanna, Carrie; Squier, Joseph; & Walker, Joyce. (2002). Continuing to mind the gap: Teaching image and text in new media spaces. Karios: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy, 7(3). Retrieved August 1 from

Manovich, Lev. (2001). The language of new media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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Talking Heads: This odd little image was the title page for my 2005 C&W presentation. It was inspired by Cheryl Ball's article,"Show, Not Tell" (2004). Cheryl (both she and I acknowledging the purposeful informality of using first names in citations) asked some important questions about what constitutes new media and included a critique of an article that I co-authored with Carrie Lamanna, Joseph Squier, and Kathie Gossett (2002). Cheryl argued that this article (and many others) are, in fact, scholarship about new media rather than scholarship that truly explores the potential of new media tools and forms.