Coming August 11, 2009

Twitter and embodiment

My name is John Jones (more about me), and I’m a grad student at the University of Texas at Austin.

I’m planning to present on my current Twitter research. I’m investigating the way in which Twitter conversations are rhetorically embodied; that is, the ways in which writers in digital mediums depend on embodied features of communication like their identity or physical location and use these embodied features to establish authority and agency. In short, I will discuss the role of Twitter’s textual interface in creating our cybernetic selves.

I am also interested in doing a lightning talk about my work at UT’s Computer Writing & Research Lab (CWRL). The CWRL produces research and classroom assignments centered on technology use. This summer I’ve been researching iPhone application development for education and learning and I’d like to share some of the practical insights I’ve had during this project.