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1st Edition

Writing in a Technological World

ISBN 9781138580985
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
434 Pages 74 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Writing in a Technological World explores how to think rhetorically, act multimodally, and be sensitive to diverse audiences while writing in technological contexts such as social media, websites, podcasts, and mobile technologies.

Claire Lutkewitte includes a wealth of assignments, activities, and discussion questions to apply theory to practice in the development of writing skills. Featuring real-world examples from professionals who write using a wide range of technologies, each chapter provides practical suggestions for writing for a variety of purposes and a variety of audiences. By looking at technologies of the past to discover how meanings have evolved over time and applying the present technology to current working contexts, readers will be prepared to meet the writing and technological challenges of the future.

This is the ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, writing with technologies, and professional/business writing.

A supplementary guide for instructors is available at www.routledge.com/9781138580985

Table of Contents


Part 1: Technology is Multimodal

Ch. 1 Introduction

Ch. 2 Writing is Multimodal

Ch. 3 Non-digital and Digital Technology

Part 1 Reading: Can We Define Technology? by David E. Nye

Part 2: Technology is Active

Ch. 4 Plan, Research, and Cite

Ch. 5 Design

Ch. 6 Draft, Test, Revise, and Edit

Part 2 Reading: Handwriting is History by Anne Trubek

Part 3: Technology is Narrative

Ch. 7 The Stories We Write

Ch. 8 Information at our Fingertips

Part 3 Reading: The Disappearance of Technology: Toward an Ecological Model of Literacy by Bertram C. Bruce and Maureen P. Hogan

Part 4: Technology is Embedded

Ch. 9 Technology as System

Ch. 10 Technology as Situated

Ch. 11 Writing Messages

Part 4 Reading: Predictive Algorithms and Personalization Services on Social Network Sites: Implications for Users and Society by Robert Bodle

Part 5: Technology is Connected

Ch. 12 Writing for Social Media

Ch. 13 Writing for Websites

Ch. 14 Writing for Mobile Devices

Part 5 Reading: Thank You for Letting Me Share by Michelle R. Gould

Part 6: Technology is Embodied

Ch. 15 Hear, Feel, and Speak

Ch. 16 Picture, Perform, and Present

Part 6 Reading: The Voice of Lived Experience: Mobile Video Narratives in the Courtroom by Mary Angela Bock and David Allen Schneider

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Claire Lutkewitte, PhD, is an associate professor of writing at Nova Southeastern University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate writing courses. She has published several books, chapters, and articles related to the teaching of writing. Her current research interests include writing pedagogy, writing with and for technologies, and document design.


"This book is wonderful because of its utility: many different courses from across the curriculum can use it to help students better understand how to adjust to the ever-changing writing contexts of the digital age, and it can serve as a trusty resource students can rely on as they progress through their studies."

Moe Folk, Professor of Digital Rhetoric, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

"This thoughtful and well-paced book offers clear, engaging examples throughout to draw students in and help them better understand the role of digital and non-digital technologies alike in writing. Addressing contemporary topics like social media, copyright, website writing, and more, Lutkewitte’s text will be indispensable for today’s writing classroom."

Stephanie Vie, Professor and Department Chair of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Central Florida