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"As a digital rhetoric, moreover, Writing Online recreates the ancient processes of oral composition for a digital era. Digital invention becomes a push-pull process of transmitting information via searches, alerts, news aggregators, and read-write algorithms. Digital arrangement becomes a question-and-answer process inviting multiple responses via intuitive navigation systems and dynamic patterns of organization. Digital memory transforms the ancient memory palace into a dynamic, programmable content management system. Digital style provides computer-based tools to enhance writers’ word choice, argumentative structures, and feedback. Digital delivery resituates speakers and writers in onscreen environments that balance functionality and aesthetics for optimum responsiveness and usability."
—James P. Zappen, Professor, Department of Communication and Media, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"Writing Online is a vital resource for teachers, scholars, and students interested in developing and researching the role of technology in fostering a digital writer’s identity and ethos. Early on, Pullman makes an important distinction between reading and using this groundbreaking text, with an emphasis on the pragmatics of information and document design in digital space that is sorely missing in many interdisciplinary texts on web authoring. As an accessible introduction to the tools, language, and processes of digital composing, including significant overviews of code literacy, Writing Online is more than a ‘how-to’ book. Indeed, its grounding in digital rhetorical practices ensures that users move from passive consumers of online content to active, successful producers of it. Ultimately, Writing Online reinforces that digital composing is as much a part of the rhetorical tradition today as both speech and writing have been throughout the ages."
—Kristine L. Blair, Bowling Green State University
"In Writing Online, George Pullman reboots the time-tested strategies of rhetoric for an age of digital production. The result is a flexible and durable approach to composing that will suit writers preparing for a world where ‘text’ is a verb and digital strategy means rapidly repurposing a video clip from a 1980s TV show.
"Pullman’s book shows that in this world of memes and tweets, we needn’t lose the sophistication of a well-crafted balance of ethos, logos, and pathos, nor should we abandon the higher purpose of a rhetorical education: preparing ethical digital citizens. "But Writing Online is not an homage to the past. Rather, at its heart, it is a thorough and valuable refiguring of the boundaries of rhetorical inquiry—the five canons of rhetoric—invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. Each is updated to bring a strategic focus to the use of digital resources such as the use of databases (Memory) or configuring networks and feeds to provide a ‘launch pad’ for Invention.
"Teachers of writing will find, in Writing Online, all they need to engage students whose writing lives update at the pace of BuzzFeed with the visual impact of Instagram. Students will recognize their own digital world reflected there, but will find a powerful set of guidelines and strategies that will serve them well as new technologies continue to emerge and replace those they use today."
—William Hart-Davidson, Michigan State University
About the Author:
George Pullman is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Director of the Center for Instructional Innovation at Georgia State University.