Category: 09) Reading (Hypertext) New Media

Chapter Summary

Although there is an ample amount of theory about new media and digital texts, especially as a way to transform composition studies, there is much to be done in new media with empirical, contextual inquiry. This makes new media look a lot like hypertext inquiry in the 1980s and 1990s, which is the point this chapter makes by comparing two prominent hypertext fictions with two recent new media texts, complemented by protocol analyses with commentary available on the DVD and online supplements. If new media is to escape the trap of hypertext’s history, its authors and researchers must develop constructive production and inquiry methods.

Kip Strasma

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Kip Strasma is an associate professor in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences division of humanities at Nova Southeastern University. He received his PhD in English studies, specializing in computers and literacy, from Illinois State University in 1998. His teaching highlights emergent pedagogies. His research focuses on how writing remediates other forms of communication. He is currently an executive council member for The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and serves as the publications review editor for Teaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC), a quarterly journal for English instruction. Strasma teaches writing courses in the classroom as well as online.


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