This is where we’ll talk about the preface and and opening chapter of Bump Halbritter’s Mics, Cameras, Symbolic Action. I’ll say two things at the outset here: first, I know Bump and it’s entirely possible that he’ll be “stopping by” the site/these conversations as the semester goes along. We’ll see. Second, while this book too is more focused on the “teaching” side of things rather than the “professional” writing side of things, I think you’ll see the applicability to what we’re doing here. This is especially true later in the book when Bump gets into the nitty-gritty of working with the equipment, etc.
A big part of what Bump is doing in these opening chapters is the same mission/thing that Williamson and Lanham were trying to do, to lay the reasoning as to why “English” folks and “writing” folks (teachers and practitioners) ought to be talking about images, audio, video, and other “non-words-in-a-row” things in the first place. Interestingly, he once again draws a lot of connections to Kenneth Burke.
Bump’s writing is pretty straight-forward, so I’ll let you all jump in and simply note the way that he too is tracing a “history” of an awareness of multimedia/new media/multimodality/digital media in writing studies. The Yancey speech and then essay “Made Not Only in Words: Composition in a New Key” was especially influential. Also note that this terminology is disputed and slippery; we’ll read about that starting on Wednesday.