Cover

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Front Matter

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I give many thanks to Anita DeRouen, who helped me so much in conducting the focus group surveys. I owe a debt of gratitude to Christy Desmet for being such a patient mentor and telling me what I needed to hear—always in no uncertain terms. Steve Ramsay has my thanks for being a man who not only embodies an amazing passion ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

Having picked up this book, there is a good chance you have heard of Wikipedia. And if you know anything about Wikipedia, chances are also strong that you fall into one of two groups: you are either curious about Wikipedia and want to learn more, or you are worried by it—or a particular aspect of it—and are looking for confirmation of those worries. ...

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1. Commons-Based Peer Production and the Composition Classroom

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pp. 11-52

Teachers of writing at the college level are confused as never before about what they should be teaching their writers. Most of the confusion results from the impact of information technology—and, more specifically, the Internet—on the lives of their students. These teachers get little support and guidance from their institutions and mentors on ...

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2. A Wikipedia Writing Assignment for the Composition Classroom

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pp. 53-87

What would a composition teacher who has never used a wiki and wants to try it need to know? The purpose of this chapter is to answer that question by providing a practical plan for incorporating wiki writing into the composition classroom. For teachers at the college level whose practice lies beyond the composition classroom, the last section of this ...

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3. CBPP in the Composition Classroom: Case Studies

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pp. 88-122

I taught two sections of first-year composition during the spring semester of 2005. In the fall I taught two more sections of first-year composition. All four courses incorporated wikis in the curriculum. In the Spring 2005 courses, I used a Wikipedia film page, “Memento,” as the basis for the assignment discussed in Chapter 2. ...

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4. Inserting CBPP into Composition and Rhetoric Theory

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pp. 123-161

How does “laziness” work? In Chapter 1, much of the focus on the economics of CBPP rested upon transaction theory. Transaction theory plays a fundamental role in examining the economics of the market model of production, the firm model, and CBPP. In economic theory, transaction costs are the price any economic entity (individual, firm, or otherwise) incurs for getting a product to market. ...

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5. The Origins of the Lazy Work Ethic and CBPP

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pp. 162-184

What caused “laziness” to develop? Will understanding the culture of its creation assist in determining its longevity and ultimate impact in writing instruction? Understanding the origins and contexts of “laziness” and CBPP requires an understanding of its most famous iteration—Linux, the open-source operating system that started the CBPP phenomenon. ...

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Conclusion: Digibabble Digested

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pp. 196-201

An otherwise prescient writer crafted a telling article in 1999 for Forbes ASAP magazine. The writer was Tom Wolfe, and the subject was nothing less broad than the Internet. There are bombasts aplenty in that article, but the one that is perhaps the most regrettable is “I hate to be the one who brings this news to the tribe, ...

References

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pp. 191-194

Index

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pp. 195-198