Category: 01) More Than Definitions, Descriptions, And Differences

New media is as much a political category as it is a critical category. In providing a framework to discuss the many forms of digital communication that developments in computer technology have made possible, this chapter prescribes an approach to these developments. The chapter offers a theoretical position that determines how readers construct themselves in relationship to forms of media they encounter. The author, Kevin Moberly, argues for a theoretical understanding of the relationship between meaning, reading, and writing that is predicated on the recognition that all media, new or otherwise, is not produced by technology, but ultimately by the labor of the people who are subjected to it.


Kevin Moberly is a professor at Saint Cloud State University. He received his PhD in rhetoric and composition from the University of Louisiana—Lafayette. He has interests in the multimodal aspects of communication, specifically in simulation games and science fiction narratives. His most recent publication is “Neo-medievalism and Simulation.” In 2007, he was recognized for co-organizing the Computers and Writing Conference.

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