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Introduction and my bullet list

I am in my 4th semester at North Carolina State University, pursuing an M.A. in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition. I am thrilled to be a part of the HASTAC scholars community for the first time.

I've noticed a fad of bullet listing in our introductory posts. They are quite convenient. So here's my contribution.

My research interests include:

  • Teaching with (and through) technology
  • Environmental rhetoric -- specifically, how technology mediates the human-nature relationship
  • The future of the book
  • Rhetoric of open source technologies
  • Rhetoric of science

I'm currently working on a couple different projects:

1. The media portrayals of Chris McCandless and Aron Ralston, who both received attention from the news and entertainment media from their perilous adventures in the wilderness (there's good Wikipedia articles on both).  I'm investigating what type of human-nature relationships are supported or challeged by both the news and entertainment media through these stories. I've found that in the case of Aron Ralston, he was recieved much more positively because of his use of, and acceptance of, various technologies and tools.

2. The Google Book Search lawsuits from 2005 (which are still being settled), and how Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers each characterize Google's technology as fair use or copyright infringement. I'll also be looking at the implications this has for academic scholarship and the future of the book.

3. I'm also on the planning commitee for the 2012 Computers and Writing Conference which will be held at NC State next May. I'm working with  Kate Maddalena to plan a pre-conference bike ride around Raleigh, so please come join us!

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