Category: 10) A New Media Reading And Writing Scene

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.


Robert Samuels is a lecturer at the University of California–Los Angeles. One of his most recent books is New Media, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory After Postmodernism: Automodernity from Zizek to Laclau .

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