For the last decade, I’ve been studying the topic of the driving impairment of smartphones. While this began as an exclusively academic project, it has increasingly compelled public engagement. One example of this came in an opinion piece I wrote in 2018 in response to a new traffic law. I take the opportunity here to fill out the academic backstory of this particular op-ed, reflect on how this larger project has evolved to include an unanticipated public-facing edge, and abstract some lessons about public writing.
Rosenberger, R. (2020). Backing up into advocacy: The case of smartphone driver distraction. Journal of Sociotechnical Critique, 1(1), 1–16. http://doi.org/10.25779/n5s9-8t53
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