Call for manuscripts:
Special Issue of Journal of Business and Technical Communication: Revisiting the IText Revolution
A decade ago, the IText Manifesto was published in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication,* calling attention to the impact of information technologies with texts at their core. These ITexts, the authors claimed, represented, “new page in the story of the coevolution of humanity, culture, and technology,” promising to change both the nature of texts and their role in society. In special issue to be published in July 2010, JBTC invites researchers and scholars to revisit that promise.
In particular, we seek original research and scholarship that examines:
• New genres of texts that have emerged in the last decade in the context of new digital technologies;
• Newly emerging criteria for what makes texts effective, usable, or engaging in digital contexts;
• The changing interplay of the visual and verbal in digital texts;
• Evolving patterns or strategies for the use of ITexts in the context of work, leisure, or home;
• The impact of the evolving information infrastructure (databases, including digital libraries) on the nature of texts and text use;
• The changing role of digital texts in the public sphere, in areas such as political debate, community organizing, and government services;
• The changing economics of textual distribution, including issues of intellectual property and dissemination patterns/restrictions;
• The relationship between ITexts and social equity, moving beyond the digital divide to look at impacts of race, class, and gender;
• The evolution of groups and their norms in the context of digitalinteractions, including both work groups and affinity groups;
• The role of ITexts in evolving patterns of education, both in traditional educational structures and in the increasingly common distributed contexts; and
• The changing relationships between space, time and text created by new mobile technologies, including those with location-based services.
Send inquiries, proposals, or completed manuscripts to Cheryl Geisler, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submitting the completed manuscripts is June 1, 2010.
*IText: Future Directions for Research on the Relationship between Information Technology and Writing. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Vol. 15 No. 3 July 2001 269-308