Archive for March, 2010

Cheryl E. Ball and James Kalmbach set the pretense for their compilation of Raw: Reading and Writing New Media, “The rawness of new media as it converges with English studies is a moment worthy of articulation.” The book is divided into four sections. The first two sections introduce readers to a wide variety of new media work, the third section then situates the work by bringing a variety of theoretic and disciplinary lenses to our examination of new media. The fourth section focuses on pedagogical issues, from theorizing pedagogy in regards to teaching so-called digital natives, to larger issues of designing support centers for new media teaching, and the issues that frame the creation of new media-based first year writing curricula.


Cheryl E. Ball, coeditor of RAW: Reading and Writing New Media , is an assistant professor of new media in the English Department at Illinois State University. She received her PhD in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological Institute. Her areas of interest include born-digital scholarship, new media, multimodal reading and composing practices, teaching with technology, and sustainable technological environments. She is also the editor of

Kairos:A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.


James Kalmbach is the Associate Chair and Professor of English at Illinois State University as well as the co-editor for RAW: Reading and Writing New Media . He received his PhD in English from Michigan State University. In 2007 he was awarded the Computers and Composition Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field. His interests include the teaching and rhetorical uses of technology in the classroom and the use of image and space on the computer screen to communicate ideas.