Episode 50: Composing in Digital Media with Daniel Anderson

In Episode 50, we talk to Dr. Daniel Anderson about remixing the classroom experience, teaching composition with audio and visual media, and creating alternative forms of scholarship.

Daniel Anderson is Director of the Carolina Digital Humanities as well as the Director of the Digital Innovation Lab at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studies digital rhetoric, teaching with technology, and alternative approaches to scholarship. His books on teaching include Connections: A Guide to Online Writing, Writing About Literature in the Media Age, and Beyond Words: Reading and Writing in a Digital Age. He also creates new media performance art and scholarship using the computer screen as a composing space.

Learn more about Daniel here and on his website. You can read about his video scholarship and screen composing here.

This episode was recorded on February 8, 2021. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod.

People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode

“When you move toward audio or visual modalities…you have to retrain the compositional brain.” -Daniel Anderson

“Mixing it up…gives the class more energy.” -Daniel Anderson

“[Podcasting] is kind of indicative of how the leading edge of democratic participation in Internet communication keeps shifting.” -Daniel Anderson

“The vertical format of video to me is fascinating because of the way that screens are changing our perceptions of visual communication.” -Daniel Anderson

“People have been doing a little too much gatekeeping in the past.” -Daniel Anderson

“I really appreciate that message of it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can make a mistake, and it’s not a problem.” -Daniel Anderson

“There’s been tons of theory, tons of kind revolutionary rhetoric about how everything is changing [because of digital composing], and I just got very frustrated in academia [because] almost all of those claims were made in printed monographs. It made me want to do media scholarship through digital tools rather than about digital tools.” -Daniel Anderson

“I went on a very deliberate kick of making videos instead of essays.” -Daniel Anderson

“What changes in terms of scholarship if you move away from print and prose?” -Daniel Anderson

“Traditional academic scholarship is…not a very empathetic way of engaging with other people’s ideas.” -Daniel Anderson

“What if you didn’t use print? Would you have opportunities for a scholarship that’s more empathetic, a little less confrontational?” -Daniel Anderson

“Registers beyond logic open up with media.” -Daniel Anderson

“Screen recording to me is this fascinating compositional tool…I can enact a performance of the different windows and material on screen.” -Daniel Anderson

“That’s what great about the digital…Every six months, there’s something new that is shaking things up a little bit.” -Daniel Anderson

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