carving cognition at its joints

I’ve started reading Katherine Hayles’ Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious. I have to say that I recognize (and am sympathetic toward) the difficult gyrations this topic demands in the humanities as one is called upon the establish various boundaries. In the first chapter, she creates a three-step pyramid comprised by (from top to bottom) conscious/unconscious…

Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities: a new essay collection

Fresh off the presses, Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, edited by Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson, from University of Chicago Press (AMZN). Here’s the abstract to my contribution, “Digital Humanities Now and the Possibilities of a Speculative Digital Rhetoric.” This chapter examines connections between big data digital humanities projects (the Digital Humanities Now project in particular),…

Invasion of the MOOCs arrives

I’m in an essay collection that is now available from Parlor Press, Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses, edited by Steven Krause and Charlie Lowe. Quick Loot Payday Loan From the website: Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses is one of the…

what is reading? e-readers and print books

John Jones has a good piece at DMLcentral in response to Ferris Jabr’s Scientific American piece “Why the Brain Prefers Paper” (paywall). Here is Jabr’s summary: Studies In the past two decades indicate that people often understand and remember text on paper better than on a screen. Screens may inhibit comprehension by preventing people from intuitively navigating and…

after the scholarly monograph

This is a continuation of the last post and is, in part, an answer to Geoff Sirc's question about what happens next. When I say "after" the scholarly monograph, I don't necessarily mean what do we do after we no longer write monographs but rather going in pursuit of the monograph: I am going after the…

writing books, writing dissertations

Timothy Morton has some interesting posts on planning the phd and writing a dissertation. His central point is that a dissertation is not a book (even though some dissertations get published) and if you try to write it as a book you can encounter many problems. I particularly like this line: A transitional object is…

Daniel Pink’s Drive, composition pedagogy, and program management

I picked up Pink's latest book yesterday. Essentially, the book takes up theories of intrinsic motivation and positive psychology and applies them to business management theory. Pink also has a TED talk that outlines the basic experimental evidence that underlies the argument he makes in the book (evidence that the book further expands upon, though…

Social media, public pedagogy, and the end of private learning

I just found out that the Handbook of Public Pedagogy, in which I have a chapter titled "Social media, public pedagogy, and the end of private learning," is now available. I haven't received my copy yet, but there are a number of interesting contributors and chapter titles. I am a little curious to see how…

more on the book as playground and factory

I'm continuing a thread from my previous post here and picking up on some ideas from the conference on the Internet as Playground and Factory. The conference website makes the following argument: The revenues of today's social aggregators are promising but their speculative value exceeds billions of dollars. Capital manages to expropriate value from the…