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Remediating Science: A Case Study of Socialization

Karen J. Lunsford

Remediating science: A case study of socialization

"Remediating Science: A Case Study of Socialization" illustrates an example of qualitative data that required a new framework for understanding how arguments are co-constructed. Here, the piece highlights one of the core text's key terms, socialization. It contains several hyperlinks to online sources, and the question of whether or not you are a member of a community that can access all of them (and for how long) enacts one aspect of the piece's argument.

Abstract: Although today's electronic, scientific journals—often little more than digitized copies of traditional print journals—have not realized the full potential of hypermedia environments, they have nonetheless achieved a revolution in text distribution on the Internet. This revolution has inspired several recent debates over serious challenges to traditional notions of copyright, peer review, and economic viability. However, what has been overlooked has been how the remediation (in Bolter & Grusin's 1999 sense) of print journals relates to the simultaneous remediation of scientific instruments and tools (such as genome and image databases, and virtual simulations).This piece focuses on a case study of a science journal editor's experiences with the remediation of his journal, and the socialization that remediation entailed.

Karen J. Lunsford is an Assistant Professor of Writing in the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her research employs interdisciplinary approaches to understand the writing practices that people engage in within evolving knowledge ecologies, how argumentation is situated within those ecologies, and what roles technologies play in these contexts.