In my preface to Mechanisms (now in press at MIT) I write:
In what follows then, I have tried to write a different kind of book about electronic textuality, one that eschews top-heavy formalist or theoretical approaches to the medium and instead seeks to examine a number of specific digital writing technologies—and individual electronic objects—in their unique textual, technical, and imaginative milieu . . . Put another way then, “the computer” as a generic appellation is not adequate as a starting point for the kind of investigation of electronic writing I have in mind, any more than “the book,” conceived as a stable and unvarying form, suffices for serious students of earlier periods of textuality. Here we will follow the bits all the way down to the metal.