Now that I think I've (mostly) got a handle on Olson's (1994) main claims in The World on Paper, it's time for me to add my two cents. After I finished the book, I sat back for a minute and though, "Uhhh what does this have to do with my project?" Which, in a nutshell, … Continue reading Gesture, Illocutionary Force, and Tech Comm, Oh, my!
When my adviser, Prof. Christina Haas, recommended David Olson's (1994) The World on Paper for my specialty exam list, she said, "You'll really like that one." As usual, she was right. Its primary goal is to put forth a theory of literacy and cognition that more precisely defines what literacy is and what it isn't … Continue reading Musings on “The World on Paper”
In preparation for my exams this February (eek!), I am currently reading David R. Olsen's (1994) The World on Paper. I have just finished chapter four, "What Writing Represents," and was struck toward the end of the chapter by the similarity of some of his claims to what I vaguely remembered of a stand-up bit … Continue reading Victor Borge, Pianist Extraordinaire and Writing Studies Scholar?
I've been writing a lot lately about the possibilities and limitations of a "Scholarly Pinterest." In this post, I discuss a few final thoughts, concerns, and possibilities that I have encountered in this project. Making Meaning In the end, I think Pinterest is too far removed from traditional modes of argumentation to be uptaken by … Continue reading Final Thoughts on Scholarly Pinterest
One of the scholarly uses of Pinterest that I suggest in my project is as a tool for data collection. I conducted a brief experiment--I created a collaborative board on Pinterest and invited my graduate student colleagues to submit images and descriptions of their writing spaces. Several colleagues pinned to the board, and some emailed … Continue reading Using Pinterest for Data Collection?
To continue my previous discussions of the possibilities of a Scholarly Pinterest, I will share a brief anxiety that I experienced when first deciding how to approach my project. I had been a Pinterest user for a couple of years before I began the class which inspired this project. So I had an active account … Continue reading Identity Trouble and Scholarly Pinterest
Recently I've been exploring social media site Pinterest's potential scholarly uses, including as a medium for publication. I've been trying to justify this inquiry by appealing to novelty--scholars could potentially achieve new levels of reach with Pinterest; scholars can argue in new ways on Pinterest. As I'm making these arguments, I'm writing with the full … Continue reading If it’s not broke, don’t fix it?