Volume 2, Issue 2 Fall 1997
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Kairos Interactive

Meet the Authors

November 10th is the beginning of the new Kairos  "Meet the Authors" series. This series consists of MOO discussions moderated by an author (or group of authors) of a Kairos  webtext and a Kairos  staff or board member. Our readers are welcome to join in this discussion. This series is in cooperation with LinguaMOO as part of the Kairos  and LinguaMOO partnership.

The NovemberMeet the Author discussions, beginning at 8:00 pm eastern time, are:

  • November 10th, The authors of "Hypertext Reflections" and Response Editor Jennifer Bowie
  • November 17th, Author/Teacher Matt Kirschenbaum, Author Doug Brent, & Response Editor Jennifer Bowie
  • November 24th, Author Lee Libby & Reviews Editor Nick Carbone

To join these discussions telnet to lingua.utdallas.edu 8888 or use the Web by going to http://lingua.utdallas.edu and click on the option 'Login'. From here follow the instructions the MOO gives you or if unfamiliar with how to MOO or with LinguaMOO check out Lingua's "Beginner's Guide to MOOing."

Classroom Spotlight

Literary Narrative in an Information Age, a course taught by Matt Kirschenbaum at the University of Virginia in the Spring of 1997, is this issue's spotlighted class. This class studied how literary narrative is performed in today's age of mass-media and electronic communication. In a time where electronic methods of communication are rapidly replacing traditional papertext, how is a nation's literature changed? Technology has caused an evolution in story-telling, from spoken tales around village campfires to printed stories. What changes does the information age have for story-telling? The students in the class answer some of these questions in their final hypertextual projects, using a medium that is changing communication and story-telling, perhaps forever.

The students' work is broken down into three categories:

  • Contemporary Narratives: How Hypertext Changes Our Writing
  • What Comes Next?
  • Virtual Reality, Cyberspace, and the Web

Response and Review

Susan Halter's A Writing Teacher's Response is not just a response as it states in its title but also a review, becoming what we are terming a "responsaview." In this unique article Halter not only reviews and responds to Joan Tornow's Link/Age  but also to Joan Latchaw's and David Silver's review of Tornow's article.


Interactive Peer Review

For a demystifying look into the editorial peer review process, read the Kairos  Editorial Board's interaction with Lee Libby, whose webtext appears in this issue. The interaction includes editoral commentary from Nick Carbone and Mick Doherty, along with Libby's response. Adapted from the original e-mail exchange, the Kairos  staff sees a potential to allow readers a behind-the-scenes look; taking advantage of the multilinearity allowed by the web, more in-depth interactive peer reviews will appear in future issues.

BackTalk: Author's Responses

Dawn Rodrigues responds to the review by Bradley Bleck's of her book, The Research Paper and the World Wide Web. Rodrigues, critical of her own work while providing a possible next step to solve addressed problems, provides a look at back and forth review/response process available on the Web.


Call for Contributions

Have an exciting class this term? Conducting  interesting research you'd like to share? Working on an interesting project? Have a reflection, response, or idea concerning the webbed writing classroom? Interested in talking with Kairos authors?  Response is the section for you!  Contact Praxis Editor Colleen Reilly ( praxis@cfcc.net ) to talk more about the possibilities.