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Drawing on qualitative fieldwork across a coffeehouse and learning commons, Transient Literacies in Action traces how 22 writers practice transient literacies with their phones and laptops while engaging in composing activities that range from seminar papers to amateur video game production. Reading across these cases, the book offers a glimpse into how composers navigate complicated atmospheres of ambient sociability, in which they integrate multiple social channels simultaneously by monitoring, participating in, and disengaging from social contact. Their movements to navigate intersecting social resources, in turn, produce new models of attention that depart from linear, hierarchical models. Based on this phenomenological insight into contemporary composing experience, the book concludes by arguing for more emphasis on embodied movements.
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