Gregory Ulmer's talk at the Computer Writing and Research Lab in October 2008.
According to Ulmer, Electracy is to digital technologies what Literacy is to alphabetic writing. Each is an apparatus (social machine) including technology, institutional practices, identity formation. The invention of electracy is underway in all three dimensions of the apparatus, with a major role to be played by the arts and letters disciplines. Avatar is to electracy what writing is to literacy. Has it already been invented, or is it a project for the coming electrate generation?
Dr. Ulmer is a professor of English at the University of Florida where he is also the coordinator of the Electronic Learning Forum. His most recent books are From Literacy to Electracy (2003) and Electronic Monuments (2005).
The CWRL is part of the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Rhetoric and Writing.