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Technology: A Reader for Writers

  • Dear Colleagues,

    I wanted to let you know that a new composition reader and textbook that I edited is now available from Oxford University Press. The interdisciplinary reader, which is is entitled _Technology: A Reader for Writers_, is part of a new series of themed readers for first year composition courses. You can access more information about the book here:

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the book or the OUP series. Other CUNY faculty members are also involved with this series: Maria Jersky, who is a Professor at Laguardia CC, is the editor of a book on the topic of _Globalization_. I hope you will take a look at her book as well.

    All best,

    Johannah Rodgers

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  • Congratulations, Johannah — this looks great! (I’m particularly tickled
    that you included that xkcd.) And thanks!

    On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM, CUNY Academic Commons <
    > wrote:

    Thanks, Benjamin! I, too, was very excited to have TRIED to include the xkcd piece. Unfortunately, I never heard back from Scott regarding permissions for the piece, so it only appears on the draft table of contents and not in the book. Fortunately, the piece is available online so perhaps it will end up being quite literally “virtually” included in the book ;). All best, Johannah

    This reader looks excellent, Johannah! I’m teaching Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together this semester (in full) at LaGuardia but have been wanting to move in the direction of a customized reader. I was working on compiling one myself–but, luckily, your book includes nearly all of the pieces on my list… and then some. I’ve just ordered a desk copy and think it’s very likely I’ll adopt the reader this spring. Congratulations!

    Thanks, Dominique! I’d be so interested in hearing more about your experiences of teaching the Turkle book in full, so I hope we can chat about that at some point. In the meantime, I can’t thank you enough for ordering a review copy. As you may or may not know, I’ve been very involved with Open Access Publishing for some time, so my foray into the world of commercial academic textbook publishing was something of an anomoly for me. Overall, it was a very positive experience (and is probably karmic payback for all of the fair use I’ve made of various sources over the years 😉 ), and I was very pleased that Oxford has decided to make parts of the book available for free to students. You can access that here:

    login: oupreaders

    password: oup-usa1

    You can also access my Open Access supplemental readings for the reader here:

    All best,


    p.s. As I’m sure you are aware, the majority of the readings in the reader are also available on the Web free of charge.

    Excellent–thanks for the link to the supplemental readings! While I’m aware that most of the readings are online, given that I run so much of my composition courses through online platforms, such as WordPress and My Reviewers, reading together from a physical book feels especially useful and necessary. Working with a physical text has also led, this semester, to a productive conversation about the “technology” of the book… for example, many of my students are discovering for the first time what endnotes are and how to use them, or how to use an index.

    I’d love to talk about the reader with you in more detail. I hope we can be in touch at the end of the semester!

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