Author Archive | Dale Katherine Ireland


Early thoughts on building as performative theory

The debates about process and product that, in the previous ten or fifteen years, focused many conversations within the composition/rhetoric (comp/rhet) community seem also at play in DH.  Comp/rhet, especially writing across the curriculum (WAC) and even within he disciplines (WID), debated the value of the writing process, a process that focuses not so much […]

“Our hands become brooms, sweeping away the alphabetic dust before us” or Digital Materiality and Books

I really enjoyed our class discussion on digital materiality, which is a discussion I hear echoed in many places.  The automotive world, for example, rarely has “mechanics.”  Now we have “technicians” who sometimes spend more time programing and evaluating diagnostic machines than they do handling a feeler gauge to measure a spark-plug’s gap.  There must […]

Not ready for prime time–initial thoughts on digital materiality

As I explored different web-based conversations on digital materiality, I was pleasantly surprised to come across the Materiality for Participation Workshop sponsored by the Noridc organization NordiCHI, a “forum for human-computer interaction research” according to the organizations Website (NordiCHI 2012).   I came across the workshop and call for papers at the Universal Usability and […]

Creepy Treehouse? Useful Tool? Both And . . .?

The Chronicle of Higher Eduction offers a short article on archiving students’ reading habits: “Data mining is creeping into every aspect of student life—classrooms, advising, socializing. Now it’s hitting textbooks, too.” And how might data mining differ from a shared annotation class experience–one in which an entire class can annotate and discuss a text […]

Archives and Access

Ben Vershbow talks about “subverted hierarchy” when explaining how comments for a book writing project were along side text instead of following the structure most blogs use in which primary text, for lack of a better description” dominates a primary space and response are subordinated to a position separate form, often below, the primary text […]

Opening: Narrative Theory and Reading Machines

As the featured speaker at the first Narrating Change seminar several weeks ago, Jerome Brunner talked about narrative.  At one point he explained that when he teaches narrative to his law students, he teaches them how to open narratives, allowing them to cast doubt on the narrative “taking the stand.”  Opening up narratives is also […]

Placeholder on reading

I agree with much of what Ammon and James say. I also gree with James about not writing off Ramsay. In fact, much of what Ramsay proposes makes sense to me when I add my own narrative to his. I am on too little sleep to try and get words around my thoughts. But I […]


On June 19, 2012, or a day or two after, I responded to the following comments made by Ray Huang of Turnitin: Turnitin recently added the ability to add colored highlights with comments to student papers in GradeMark. Instead of only a plain yellow highlighter, you can now choose from five colors—blue, green, yellow, pink, […]

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