From the Archive: Preparing White Papers in the CWRL

DWRL Staff


We’d like to kick off our “From the Archive” series with former lab director Peg Syverson’s initial white paper. It “launches the CWRL White Paper Series. It establishes a rationale, principles, and guidelines for structuring white papers and suggests how they might be distributed and archived for future use.” The white paper series lasted essentially five years, from 2003 until the early winter of 2008. Including a latecomer from 2013, the lab has published 30 white papers, and over the

The Case for Retweets

J Brentlinger

Social Media

It’s a common complaint: stupid status updaters and incessant retweeters, filling our feeds (and by extension, our minds) with useless prattle, hoping beyond hope to get attention for themselves. I speak of people who unabashedly beg retweets for the seemingly silliest messages, claiming they’ll get some sort of reward from their mom or their friend or their partner…but only if this message gets 5k retweets! It’s a fact of life on social media, especially Twitter. Twitter’s a form of publicity,


Two Types of Type: Part II

Jake Cowan

Multimodal Writing

Previously in this space, I used the work of the late Adrian Frutiger to illustrate a particular way of thinking about typography. According to that view, a typeface is best when it goes unnoticed. Font is meant to invisibly transmit an writer’s point, without the letterforms interfering with either the author’s intent or the reader’s interpretation. Responding to the advent of the personal computer during the late 1980s, in “The Electronic Word: Literary Study and the Digital Revolution” rhetorician Richard Lanham described this conventional

Between This and That Reality

Felipe Cruz

Locative Media

A few weeks ago, my casual walk on campus suddenly turned into a police incident. As my colleague Deb Streusand recently wrote on our blog, we have been playing an augmented reality game called Ingress. It turns the entire world into a battle between two factions trying to conquer and control portals, which are based on actual physical locations. Like her, I have found Ingress addictive. My walks from campus to home now usually take three times as long, as

Teaching Twitter

Pete Kunze

Pedagogy, Social Media, Tools

Last week, #BlackLivesMatter launched its new website here. “Not a Moment, but a Movement,” the main page declares, underscoring the ongoing efforts to criticize racial injustice, especially in regards to police brutality and mass incarceration. Though the Black Lives Matter movement began as a hashtag on Twitter, it has blossomed into the public conversation on race, and its message has spread across social media.


Seeing Past the Littlefield Fountain

Keith Leisner

Locative Media

side view of the Littlefield fountain, statue. the fountain is frozen midstream.

For my first individual blog post on my research into the six Confederate statues that line UT’s South Mall — as well as my research on similar projects at the University and how they both relate to current national controversies surrounding what the Confederate flag stands for, as well, more generally, race relations in the United States – it seems appropriate to open with an article by Travis Knoll, a history PhD student at Duke University who, as an undergraduate, wrote

Inspecting Lesson Plan Templates

Rhiannon Goad


Students and teacher stand together, text reads "Planning a Successful Lesson"

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m currently working on lesson plans for our instructors. Starting out, I knew I wanted ways for instructors to simplify using digital resources into a writing classroom. However, I didn’t realize how from scratch I’d have to start.

What Does the Font Say?


Multimodal Writing

We are writing more than ever before—in the US we send 6 billion text messages a day, while every minute Facebook users share nearly 2.5 million pieces of content, Twitter users tweet nearly 300,000 times, and email users send over 200 million messages. How often are we trying to convey emotion in those messages? How often does our messages get misinterpreted? How many people can recall a disagreement that happened because text is bad at conveying emotion? Can fonts convey emotions?