Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Lynée Lewis Gaillet
Dating back to the dialectic between Socrates and Plato, innovative technologies have disrupted the traditions of discourse and created cultural divisions relevant to composition studies. These conversations are echoed in the Twentieth Century through the work of Melvin Kranzberg. Looking to the future, he sought to record the history of technology to maintain the constant upsurge of innovation. Like Kranzberg’s history of technology, the field of rhetoric and composition and this thesis seek to define technology and understand its value in order to navigate and interrogate effectively the deluge of twenty-first-century new media. Kranzberg—like many scholars in computers and composition—utilized various rhetorics to advocate for technological literacy despite its unpopularity in the academy.
Sansbury, Matthew, "Emergent Disciplines and Cultural Divisions: Melvin Kranzberg’s “Laws of Technology" and New Humanities." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2014.