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Computers and Composition

2001 Volume 18, Number 1

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Number of articles: 7

  1. Letter from the Guest Editor: Digital Rhetoric, Digital Literacy, Computers, and Composition

    Carolyn Handa

    Describes how this special issue collects a group of thought-provoking essays to encourage both writing teachers and the members of the more specialized field of Computers and Writing to consider... More

    pp. 1-10

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  2. Virtual urbanism

    Geoffrey Sirc

    Visual literacy implies a poetics of technology, one rooted in basic human passion. The visual, then, is seen as demographic: the form-patterns people actually make in their lives, answering basic ... More

    pp. 11-19

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  3. Part 1: thinking out of the pro-verbal box

    Sean D Williams

    As the World Wide Web and other visual media gain prominence in students’ lives, we, as teachers of composition, have to re-evaluate our strict adherence to the verbal medium. If our classrooms... More

    pp. 21-32

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  4. The problem of electronic argument: a humanist’s perspective

    Michele S. Shauf

    This article attempts to explain the absence of a new rhetoric, as repurposed for electronic media. Such a rhetoric would provide, among other things, a blueprint for electronic arguments conducted... More

    pp. 33-37

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  5. “Light green doesn’t mean hydrology!”: toward a visual–rhetorical framework for interface design

    Clay Spinuzzi

    The utility of metaphor as a visual–rhetorical design framework has diminished dramatically, and continues to erode. Metaphor has two important limitations as it is commonly applied in interface... More

    pp. 39-53

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  6. Reading the Web as fetish

    Christy Desmet

    Although theorists have defined hypertext as an iconoclastic medium that debunks traditional literary concepts as the “author” and “work,” in practice students can regard information on the World... More

    pp. 55-72

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  7. The art of ALT: toward a more accessible Web

    John M. Slatin

    Continuing innovations in pedagogical uses of the Web are consistent with our discipline’s long-standing commitment to the expansion of literacy. Surging interest in multimedia and visual rhetoric ... More

    pp. 73-81

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