SAMLA 2013 | Composing in Autopilot: Implications of Writing in Web 2.0

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Papers are welcome for the 85th Annual SAMLA Conference, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 8-10, 2013. This panel supports the special focus of the conference, “Cultures, Contexts, Images, and Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds” by thinking about the relationship between digital writing environments and composing. One of the driving forces of web 2.0 is increased access to production and delivery of content. To open up access, developers, users, and designers separated the practice of designing of texts and systems from creating content for/in those texts and systems (Arola, 2010; Wysocki, 2004). But in opening up access, have we automated tasks that define composing?

Potential panelists are invited to think about what it means to be a composer, compose, and teach in these automated spaces. The questions below are not prescriptive. I welcome any 250-300 word proposals addressing the relationship between the mechanics of web 2.0 and composing. Proposal deadline is June 1, 2013.

What is composing when many of complex decisions about composing (arrangement, style, memory, and delivery) are automated by the design of the site, system, or application?

What do we gain in terms of access and lose in terms of control when we compose with web 2.0 applications? With widgets? With templates? With generators? In code?

How do SEO search-friendly CMS archives challenge our concept of rhetorical audience? Of delivery? Of memory and memory palaces (loci)?

What is our responsibility to the mechanical aspects of digital environments as users and as teachers (Rice, 2008)? How do those responsibilities change across contexts and activities?

How might we attend to the mechanics of digital spaces without losing sight of composer and the composer’s interactions with other composers?

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