Machine as Organism: Technology, Biology, and Collective

      The constant increases in technological capacity, prevalence of automation and machine assistance, and the advancement of bio-tech, artificial intelligence, and medical technologies, expedite the tendency to view the issue of human subjectivity through a dichotomy of man/machine. This framing pre-inscribes a frictional relationship between man and machine, as if machines desire to, and are succeeding in closing the ontological gap between human beings and machines and/or artificial intelligences. The paradoxical novelty that wearable technology presents us (both …

From the Archive: Learning To Move: Connecting Pedagogy With Context Through A Difficult Classroom

The lab is hosting a open house this coming Friday that showcases the pedagogical work that our staff members have been doing this semester. We’re planning on rearranging one of our rooms a bit to fit everyone in, and this got us thinking about how drastically the physical classroom can impact the course of a semester. Here’s a look back as some former lab members worked through these issues.

From the Archive: Preparing White Papers in the CWRL

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 …

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A Long Goodbye to Currents

We’ve been saying goodbye to Currents in Electronic Literacy for a while now. In 2014, the journal published its retrospective issue. In the Spring of 2015, we made the official announcement that Currents would cease publication. In the announcement, we wrote, “After a great deal of soul searching and discussion, we have decided to retire Currents this year. It was a difficult decision—and an emotional one for us, since John Slatin, the Lab’s first director, was its inventor and first …

Looking Back at Viz.

As the DWRL bids farewell to Viz., its award-winning visual rhetoric blog, we look back at this popular publication and its place in the field of visual rhetoric.

Single-Stream Pedagogy

Throughout its history the Digital Writing and Research Lab has maintained a commitment to digital pedagogy. In his history of the early days of the lab, John Slatin mentions one of our first projects, a digital archive.