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Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Brown, Nicole R.

Second Advisor

Qualley, Donna J., 1952-

Third Advisor

Smith, William


"We Have Another Moment: 'Rhetoric and Composition' + 'Web 2.0'" responds to recent rhetoric and composition scholarship on digital writing, such as that of Kathleen Blake Yancey, who claims that the internet has given rise to a "writing public." The writer argues that not only do we have a writing public that is changing the nature of writing, but we have a writing public that is changing the nature of the way in which information is delivered, organized, conceptualized, marketed, and copyrighted. The writer analyzes the rhetoric surrounding "web 2.0," the current manifestation of the writing public, and its components through the lens of ecology and genre theory. Seeing web 2.0 as ecological enables scholars to see the interactions between writer, machine, localized uses of rhetoric, and larger sign systems. Literacy, in a web 2.0 ecology, becomes praxis: a simultaneous consumption and production of text that necessitates negotiation of both connection and disconnection. Further analysis of web 2.0 enables rhetoric and composition scholars to consider not only how public writing is changing, but also how public writing changes the nature of academic writing. Redefining the nature of writing implies that we must continue to reconsider literacy both amongst academics and students so that we may continue to make English studies a site of both critical consumption and thoughtful production of texts.





Western Washington University

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Subject – LCSH

English language--Rhetoric--Study and teaching--Technological innovations English language--Composition and exercises--Study and teaching--Technological innovations; Web 2.0; Academic writing--Study and teaching--Technological innovations; Information technology




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