As Clive Thompson’s discussion of Andrea Lunsford’s research project tells us, a new age of literacy is at hand. With the advent of technology and cyber-social-networking, more interpersonal communication is happening through text than any of us have experienced in our lifetimes. While the personal computer has been accused by some of hastening the decay of social skills and serving to further disconnect, rather than connect, people, detractors cannot deny the possibility for communication and interaction inherent in the internet. In the CCCC Position Statement on Teaching, Learning, and Assessing Writing in Digital Environments, the authors declare that writing is primarily a social activity, that is to say that people write for other people. Classroom writing done on the page is likely to be seen only by the student author and the teacher, but works composed in digital arenas are instantly available to vast and varied audiences. While it may seem that one is writing in solitude on a machine, the tendrils of cyber connectivity instantly join the author with countless others the world over.  As professor Wesch points out in his video, we are the machine. Even those who disagree with Lunsford’s findings in their comments on Clive Thompson’s article are demonstrating the instantaneous communication that technology allows – read, react, and respond, all in minutes. The author reached the audience, and the audience responded, all in the time it takes to drink a cuppa.


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  1. I think you’ve picked up on at least two key issues here: the way Thompson’s article is pushing back against an opposing argument (that technology is making us all stupid, or bad writers, or depraved) and the importance of audience. That is, more people are writing in a way that’s self-motivated.

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