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A Writer’s Journey

The prezi I’ve created is called A Writer’s Journey Through Time and Writing Spaces. This project focuses on how the process of writing is changing through the use of technology and the new writing spaces that the technologies create. This project is influenced by the readings and videos that we reviewed in the module, as well as my own views on the evolution of writing.

This prezi is still in the drafting stage, and I haven’t added in most of the present day concerns and new skills that have been brought about in this age of new writing technologies.


(Still) Getting Used to the Evolution of Writing and Tech

Before I was required to create a Twitter account for Intro to Writing Arts, I was required to do so for Internet and Writing Studies (IWS) with Professor Wolff. Now, we are also creating LinkedIn, Flickr, Diigo, and separate WordPress accounts in IWS. All this is for our “Integrated Social Media Presence” project, a project aimed at helping us create one pervasive, yet consistent, professional presence across the web. I’ve never even heard of Diigo, and I’ve never been on LinkedIn’s or Flickr’s websites. I was just starting to catch up in Intro, and now the overwhelming sensation of existing in the wrong century is starting to creep back.

In reality, I know it’s not all that bad. No matter what your desired profession (creative writer and library-science-guru, for me), having a professional online presence is essential. At least, that’s what they keep telling me. I’m still trying to convince myself that it’s true, not because I don’t honestly believe that it’s true, but because attempting to run all these webpages in a professional, coherent, and attention-grabbing manner terrifies me. I’d much rather just sit here writing (with pen and paper), or reading a book (printed and bound.)

So I must say, while I truly am frightened by the upcoming weeks and the new skills I will have to learn, I’m also excited. I want to be able to join this group of elite, tech-savvy geniuses who have their online presence ironed out perfectly and wrapped with a bow. Authors are now required by publishing companies to create and maintain their own websites. Self-publishing, particularly on e-readers, is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to sell one’s work. I want to know that these are things I am capable of doing myself.

I suppose it’s finally time to just put on the work gloves and get to work with the internet.

Getting Used to the Evolution of Writing and Tech

Before this semester began, I knew very little about Twitter or blogging. From what I understood, unless you were a celebrity or possessed a truly unique skill, keeping a Twitter or a blog was simply the height of egocentrism. I had never considered either Twitter or the blogosphere as participants in the evolution of writing and the materials we use to communicate. But I have to wonder, as Bolter implies in “Refashioning the Writing Space,” if in the past, those who were partial to scrolls felt skeptical about bound-paper books. Progress and change are going to take place whether we want them to or not, so it’s nonsensical to refuse to partake.

Bolter’s mention of the malleability of the e-book particularly struck me. I was given a Kindle a year ago, and still have yet to turn the thing on. E-books are simply not for me, however, I think they are an incredible step forward in the book industry generally. Things can be done with an e-book that could not be done with a paper-book, and vice-versa. Aside from the obvious convenience factors of the e-book, the fact that it’s viewed on a computer screen makes it susceptible to coding. Theoretically, in an e-book you could insert videos, links, .gifs, sound effects, even those computer-generated coloring pages you paint with your mouse/stylus. The possibilities are entirely endless, and what’s so great about this is that it creates a wholly new, interactive experience. The reader can really become part of the story. How’s that for the evolution of the book?

But as far as “redefining visual and conceptual spaces” of writing and the “changing material and visual field” of writing, why stop at books and the internet? Why can’t writing enter into public spaces? In an article he wrote in 1999, British author Sean Tejaratchi stated “[i]f I see an ad without asking to, it’s [sic] images are mine to reprint and redistribute, with clearance neither granted nor requested. ..Why should I ask my assailant’s permission to keep a rock he’s just thrown at my head?” (Tejaratchi) I think this sentiment summarizes the way writing should evolve in the public square, particularly as a way (for those who so desire) to contest the constant avalanche of lies, hidden-truths, and advertisements we receive from politicians, news distributors, and corporations. This of course is where copy-write and libel come into play, but I suppose that is exactly what I’m talking about. The evolution of writing into new materials and new spaces is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to guarantee continued and deepened freedom of speech and thought, both of which are absolutely indispensible to writing if it is to evolve at all.

Works Cited

Tejaratchi, Sean. “Reciprocity in Theory and in Practice.” Crap Hound Jul. 1999: No. 6. Web. 13 Sept. 2012.

Eric Bates- Response to Bolter

Bolter Response

Although writing as an idea has been around since cavemen wrote on walls, this form of expression has evolved at an increasing pace since it was first formed. As technology has become more and more developed new ways of recording thought have been found with these developments. Some of these technologies had nothing to do with expressive writing (like the internet) and have become a primary source of finding, reading, and writing anything from letters to a friend to online journals for scholarly research. Many people only one hundred years ago were illiterate, while almost anyone can now go into a library and use public computers to update their Facebook or Twitter.

As Bolter states in his piece, a newer form of technology may replace an older one as the primary means of writing that does not mean that the other form will cease to exist (Bolter 2). With that said, “writing” is being redefined all the time with new ways of expressing ideas through text that were previously thought impossible. Twitter, for example, would have been considered useless in expressing complex ideas only a few years ago due to its one hundred forty words limit, but is not used by scholars and non-scholars alike for a large range of uses (Johnson 1). Every space of writing has its limits and humans seem determine to find and break those limits. If you have something to say that is to long for twitter, you can write a blog and link it on your twitter page.

Writing now occupies a space that has no physical presence; the internet. This gives way to an almost unlimited number of ways to get personal writing out there. While only twenty years ago a person may have had trouble getting a person across the world to read their research paper, now it only takes the click of a mouse to access these types of things. And as the articles and journals and books build up online, new tools are built to find and read them. Human innovation is creating new ways of writing and reading every day, and it can only be guessed at what will be the next major step that will redefine the way we write.

In the past, writing spaces have taken baby step towards new and more accessible ways of jotting down ideas but in recent years, technological advances are at a full sprint (with a new iPhone coming out every week). With that said, it can be stated that one form of expression does not necessarily mean the end of another. With the invention of print, hand writing was out dated and often less visually pleasing Bolter 2), but to this day writing is taught long before typing in school. Although it is difficult to say exactly what will be the next space with which writers use to inform their audience (Telepathic communication perhaps?), it is obvious that there will continue to be newer and easier ways of inputting, updating, and communicating information.