Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


English Language and Literatures

First Advisor

Byron Hawk


This dissertation investigates the relationship between digital media and cognition as it emerges in the problematic of attention. Specifically, the project examines the workings of attention across three sites (social, neurological, and technological) in order to argue for a renewed cognitive process theory of writing based in attention studies. Using the ancient pedagogical concept of epimeleias--attending to, taking care--my dissertation asks after the ethical and rhetorical stakes of care in context of contemporary higher education. Ultimately, my dissertation aims to provide a foundation for digital literacy practices--literacy narratives, wiki-writing, remix, audio-visual essays, etc.--in light of the increasing shift towards hybrid and fully digital writing courses and massive open online courses (MOOCs).


© 2014, Christian D. Smith