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The not-so-distant future: Composition studies in the culture of biotechnology

Computers and Composition Volume 21, Number 1 ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


As composition studies came to terms with technologized classrooms in the late 20th century, another field of science, biotechnology, also came into maturation. Here I address how biotechnology is poised to dramatically change our cultural landscape in the coming decades, fusing communication tools made possible through electronic technology with molecular-level knowledge of our genetic structure and our evolutionary past. Because biotechnological research is discovering the codes our bodies use to communicate and may eventually merge biological processes with information technology, it is important to interrogate how biotechnology will impact writing, teaching, technology, and even humanity. I analyze parallels in biotechnology as they have occurred in the past 20 years in tandem with special issues published in Computers and Composition to suggest past, current, and future connections between biotechnology and the work of computers and writing.


Sidler, M. The not-so-distant future: Composition studies in the culture of biotechnology. Computers and Composition, 21(1), 129-145. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved November 20, 2019 from .

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