Lori Emerson on New Books in Technology

By Jasmine McNealy
New Books in Technology

Reading Writing Interfaces by Lori EmersonHow much do we really think about the technology that we spend so much time using? More specifically, have you really ever considered the possible effects that the use of technology like your laptop, tablet, cellphone, etc. has on your reading, writing, and overall production of materials? In her new book, Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), Lori Emerson, an assistant professor of English and founder and director of the Media Archaeology Lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder, examines how ever changing technology mediates between what we read, write, and otherwise produce. To do this, Emerson combines both media archaeology and literary studies, and examines the possible dangers of the constant moves towards “invisibility” of the technology, and the rhetoric surrounding buzz phrases like “ubiquitous computing” and “user friendly.”

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