A proliferation of new ways of communicating is requiring us to rethink the ways that we define both the act of writing and the texts that are created. New media, in this context, includes new forms of digital communication. However, "new media" is not limited to texts that rely on new technologies but is instead defined by the rhetorically sound, creative use and repurposing of media. New media is both the creation of texts through the use of new technologies and the new use of older technologies and forms of media.
Information on scholarship in New Media.
In the Fall of 2007 I had the opportunity to teach, for the first time, Multimedia Writing at Purdue University. Given the opportunity to truly develop a syllabus from scratch, I chose not to emulate the syllabi of previous instructors and, based on my pedagogical readings and experience, I developed and designed my own assignments. The assignments in my course diverged significantly from the norm. To my knowledge no section of multimedia writing has been taught using a documentary film as the primary course assignment.
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