Response to Jay Bolter articles

In our Intro to Writing Arts class we were assigned by professor Wolff and respond to two articles we read for his class. The First Article is Titled “Writing in the Late Age of Print” and the second “Writing As Technology.” I took a quote from each piece and gave my opinion on what I got out of it.

In Bolter’s first article Writing in the Late Age of Print that discusses the role of technology in for printing and literary uses. It is argued throughout that although technology is a different medium and provides different experiences with texts, it is still just as useful and insightful as words printed on a paper. In one part of the article Bolter mentions how critics claim that technology will never replace printed books due to the fact that you cannot bring your “computer in bed” (p. 8). Seeing as this article was written in 2001 and he talks about how technology is advancing to the point where we can, today we see how true his prediction is. With devices such as the Kindle and Nook technological devices are being invented to specifically replace the comfort of reading a printed page on a device without the discomforting feel of “using a computer.”

In Bolter’s second article Writing As Technology I think makes an excellent point of accepting how our culture and literary needs change within the times. Bolter claims: “Our literature culture is simple using the new tools provided by digital technology to reconfigure the relationship between material practices of writing and the ideal of writing that these practices express” (p.18). We must be able to acknowledge these differences in technological writing and not look at how the texts is be presented through technology but what programs are used and consider the use of the programs to be a literary act itself. Personally I do not believe the expression of words through a computer on any set program- whether it be blogging, tweeting, or even in a visual Prezi prevention- prevents a message from getting across. I compare it to a photo of poverty and hungry to an article written about the same topic. Both express the topic in different ways, without being done in a right or wrong way.


Bolter, J.D. (2001). Introduction: Writing in the late age of printWriting space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print. Mahwah, NJ: LEA. 1-13. [pdf]

Bolter, J.D. (2001). Writing as technologyWriting space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print. Mahwah, NJ: LEA. 14 – 26. [pdf]


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