Digital Writing Spaces as Rhetorical Locales of Invention

Digital Writing Spaces as Rhetorical Locales of Invention

Josephine N. Walwema (Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/IJOPCD.2016010105
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This article examines the shifting nature of invention with digital infrastructure as a rhetorical locale for composing writing collaboratively. Because composing collaboratively involves inquiry, the article examines the framework for a successful community of inquiry in a digital space already predisposed to engaging interconnected communities, local and global. Thus, the article examines how digital locales of invention, by virtue of their accessible nature, engage wider communities, making composing with and for an active audience possible.
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Invention, in writing studies, has been understood as a “generative system” (Hall, 1976, p. 14, Simonson, 2014) that extends our understanding of a subject rather than solidify its meaning. Investigating insights and theories of invention in digital writing – sometimes referred to as new media – which encompasses advances in computer technologies, examines how texts are created, and the ways in which technology plays a role in identity formation and agency as related forms of invention (Wysocki, 2004). Some of those insights focus on the technologies of writing themselves.

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