Author: Michael Day

Michael Day is Professor of English and Director of the First-Year Composition Program at Northern Illinois University. He is a historian/archivist of the Computers and Writing Conference, and has published and presented widely on topics in digital rhetoric and electronic portfolio pedagogy.

What were early digital rhetoricians thinking about more than two decades ago? What did they present on, and what topics were trending, not only in yearly conferences, but also in online discussions? Who were the major figures, and what were the projects they were working on? These are some of the questions I wanted to begin to answer when I started the Computers and Writing Memorabilia Project (CWMP) in 2012. However, to put the project in better context, I need to explain one thing. I am a pack rat. I save everything, including bottle caps, coins, and stamps. Thus it…

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