Critical Theory is a general approach to challenging and destabilizing established knowledge--an examination and critique of society and culture.
  • Electronic writing can be interpreted as a radical departure from traditional writing--electronic writing redefines the he critical object (the text) and the act of reading itself
  • Electronic writing can be understood from a lot of different perspectives.
  • Because electronic writing is so new, it does not have a definitive set of forms and genres. Because of this, they can develop according to the writers of electronic media (i.e. the writers of blogs).
  • One advantage that electronic media, among other written media has over oral communication, is that the writer of a blog, for example, can stop, think and reflect on a thought or point before publishing the post.
  • According to Bolter, "a written text is a world in constant motion," because it can continue to form and evolve. Posts can be commented on, added to, discussed later, etc.
  • The task of literary criticism is not to examine the text in isolation, but rather to understand the text through its effect on the reader - reader-response criticism
  • In order to deconstruct electronic text, one must use negative vocabulary appropriate to the computer precisely because this vocabulary contradict the assumptions of print. You should seek to disrupt, disturb, alienate, dislocate by embracing the techniques of deconstruction.
  • Blogs offer many opportunities for society and culture to be examined and critiqued, at a much faster pace than in the past. Because of the Internet's simultaneous and instantaneous characteristics, society and culture can be critiqued and examined at even quicker than an hourly basis. As events unfold, bloggers are capable of expressing their opinions right away, which allows for an even more critical look than ever before at our society.