On the relationship between old and new technologies

Christina Haas

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The author argues for complicating current views of writing technology, specifically views of the relationship between old and new literacy technologies. Using a Vygotskian theory and a grounded theory methodology, the author explores the uses of old and new technologies of three contemporary work sites to ground claims that (a) competing visions of what technology is and what it can do are operative in contemporary workplaces, (b) multiple literacy technologies are copresent in the conduct of work, and (c) more advanced literacy technologies are not necessarily the most powerful within work cultures. The case studies are also interpreted through the lens of Bijker's theory of sociotechnical change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-228
Number of pages20
JournalComputers and Composition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


  • Computers and writing
  • Literacy
  • Technological change
  • Vygotsky
  • Workplace literacy
  • Writing as activity
  • Writing technologies


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