Trace: A Journal of Writing, Media, and Ecology is an online, refereed, open-access journal that publishes interdisciplinary research at the intersections of writing studies, media studies, cultural studies, and ecocriticism. We welcome scholarship about digital technology, art, literature, maker culture, rhetoric, composition, environments, and writing. Trace considers the material and ethical impacts of media in all forms with specific interest in scholarship that theorizes the confluences of technology, culture, and life. Trace encourages its authors to push against the boundaries that have traditionally defined these categories, grappling with their agitation and permeation.

Trace also recognizes that the methods and means for knowledge production are constantly changing, and so the journal at once accommodates traditional modes of publication while also supporting works shaped by contemporary technologies. Thus, we accept academic work in a variety of media forms suitable for internet publication including essays, images, videos, and multimedia projects. Additionally, Trace produces themed and guest-edited issues that offer an intersectional approach to specific subjects and individuals.

Trace: A Journal of Writing, Media, and Ecology is the academic anchor for the Trace Innovation Initiative, which publishes traditional scholarly articles and web texts as well as Augmented Reality Criticisms (ARCs), research through comic forms (Sequentials), and video overviews of vanguard ideas (Vectors).

Trace: A Journal of Writing, Media, and Ecology is published by the Trace Innovation Initiative and is supported by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida.

All inquiries should be directed to trace@english.ufl.edu.

Editorial Staff


Sidney I. Dobrin

Senior Editors

Shannon Butts

Emily Brooks

Assistant Editors

Caleb Milligan

Jacob Greene

Technical Editor

Aaron Beveridge

Managing Editor

Jason Crider

Board of Advisors

Steve Baker, University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, UK

Cheryl Ball, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

David Blakesley, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Ian Bogost, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

Stephanie Boluk, University of California, Davis, CA, USA

Claire Colebrook, Penn State, State College, PA, USA

Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK

Erik Deumens, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Bradley Dilger, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK

Greg Garrard, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, BC, CA

Laurie Gries, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

Bill Hardt-Davidson, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

Terry Harpold, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Byron Hawk, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

Katherine Hayles, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Cynthia Haynes, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Jan Holmevik, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Patrick LeMieux, University of California, Davis, CA, USA

Randy Malamud, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Claire Molloy, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK

Sarah McFarland, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA, USA

Sean Morey, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Jennifer L. Peterson, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, USA

Alex Reid, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA

Jeff Rice, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

Thomas Rickert, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Nigel Rothfels, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Katie Salen, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA

Anastasia Salter, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA

Karl Schroeder, Independent Writer

Caroline Stone, Shadow Health, Gainesville, FL, USA

Laurie Taylor, University of Florida Libraries, Gainesville, FL, USA

John Tinnell, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, USA

Tom Tyler, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Greg Ulmer, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Sherryl Vint, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA

Victor Vitanza, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Kari Weil, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA


Trace would like to acknowledge that this free (to authors and readers), open-access publication would not be possible without the generous support of the UF English Department and the pro bono contributions of many talented and hardworking individuals: peer reviewers, copyeditors, proofreaders, web designers, and our authors themselves. While our peer-reviewers are anonymous, we would like to recognize all volunteer editors including copyeditors and proofreaders.

Peter Dziadowicz

Madeline Gangnes

Jacob Greene

Madison Jones

Andrea Medina

Caleb Milligan

Brandon Murakami

Chris Smith

Ashley Tisdale

Savanna Conner

Eric Brown

Emily Robinson

Jacob Day

Lastly, we would like to thank our readers for your interest and circulation of the cutting-edge scholarship published here.