Gesture, Illocutionary Force, and Tech Comm, Oh, my!

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!

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Musings on “The World on Paper”

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”

Victor Borge, Pianist Extraordinaire and Writing Studies Scholar?

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?