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Why technology matters to writing: A cyberwriter’s tale

Computers and Composition Volume 20, Number 4 ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Technology does indeed matter to writing—and in significant ways. But how it matters can vary, depending on the particular technology, the habits and attitudes of the individual writer, and the context of learning and use. Here I employ a personal narrative (“a cyberwriter’s tale”) to track my development as a writer over time—from handwriting to typewriting to cyberwriting—and to show how each new writing technology influenced my practices and products. I argue finally for a cyborgian, posthumanist view of writing technologies. Such a view does not isolate the technological tool as an abstracted machine apart from human use, but insists on defining technology as use—as the human and machine working in concert (joined at the interface) and writing in a particular social, political, and rhetorical context.


Porter, J. Why technology matters to writing: A cyberwriter’s tale. Computers and Composition, 20(4), 375-394. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 4, 2020 from .

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