The good, the bad, the complex: Computers and Composition in transition

Sibylle Gruber

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In this article I use Albert Borgmann's (1984) four-part theory of technology to analyze various contributions to Computers and Composition -initially enthusiastic, sometimes fearful, and later aware of the complexities of technology and the need for anchoring discussions of technology in theory and pedagogy. By applying Borgmann's theory, I show how readers of Computers and Composition can follow the 20-year development of technological awareness in the journal, and I also show possibilities for future directions the journal can take.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-28
Number of pages14
JournalComputers and Composition
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004


  • History
  • Instrumentalism
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Positivism
  • Postmodernism
  • Substantivisim
  • Techno-enthusiasm
  • Technological value determinism
  • Technophobia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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