The Unfixedness of Knowledge: Discourse, Genre, and Mode in Wikipedia

Wikipedia ( is the world’s largest online free-content encyclopedia. This means that unlike the content of traditional encyclopedias, such as the Encyclopedia Britannica, the content of Wikipedia is free. But perhaps a more important distinction is that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, at any time. This may sound counterproductive, as the purpose of an […]

Facilitating the social annotation and commentary of web pages

UPDATE: For a response to some comments by James Farmer, Stephen Downes and Ian Kallen, see the bottom of this post. Subtitle: A postscript to my work on Distributed Textual Discourse (DTD) At last year’s 16th Annual Instructional Technology Institute Conference at Utah State University, I presented a paper on Distributed Textual Discourse. DTD is […]

Social literacies: Some observations about writing and wikis

In Literacy in the New Media Age, Gunther Kress (2003) argues that the image is displacing writing as the main resource for communication in Western societies. This does not mean, obviously, that writing is disappearing. But as Kress would put it, the world told is increasingly being replaced by the world shown—with all the social […]