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Daniel Punday

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696994

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696994.001.0001

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Writing, Work, and Profession

Writing, Work, and Profession

(p.26) Two Writing, Work, and Profession
Computing as Writing

Daniel Punday

University of Minnesota Press

In chapter 2 Punday returns briefly to Bush’s essay to consider the changing role of professions and work that frames his 1945 essay. Starting with the context provided by contemporaries like Norbert Weiner and Herbert Marcuse, Punday interprets Bush’s essay as responding to the emergence of what Alan Liu calls “knowledge work.” From here Punday looks at changing ideas about professions in general, and observes the complex role that writing has always played within them. Drawing on Clifford Siskin, Punday notes that the novel has been a liminal space in which writing has been able to comment on the nature of professions. Having shown the complex relationship between the individual writer and this larger corporate, professional context, Punday closes this chapter by turning to the teaching of writing. Punday notes the problems with plagiarism that students often have in working with online resources, which, like Bush’s trail, often result from confusing the consumption of prior work with the production of new.

Keywords:   Norbert Weiner, Herbert Marcuse, Alan Liu, Knowledge work, Clifford Siskin, Liminal space, Profession, Plagiarism, Consumption of work

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