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On the relationship between old and new technologies

Computers and Composition Volume 16, Number 2, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


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.


Haas, C. (1999). On the relationship between old and new technologies. Computers and Composition, 16(2), 209-228. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved June 17, 2021 from .

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