electrate politics and Joe Biden

In the news today, via The Washington Post and GQ, is the story of a viral video of Biden. It's a heavily-edited 19-second video that attempt to depict Biden as celebrating white nationalist values by ripping phrases and sentences out of context. This is a technique every first-year composition instructor has seen where students quote... Continue Reading →

the principle of illectracy?

Perhaps Ulmer has a more elegant puncept for this, but basically I'm thinking here about the analog of illiteracy within electracy. I.e.: literacy -----> electracyilliteracy -----> illectracy? For the first 25 years or so that we have discussed electracy, I don't think there was a pressing need to imagine the operation of illectracy. For one... Continue Reading →

non-metaphorical wayfinding and writing studies

Jonathan Alexander, Karen Lunsford and Carl Whithaus have a new article in Written Communication, "Toward Wayfinding: a Metaphor for Understanding Writing Experiences." I think it's a great article, and I'm planning to share it with my WAC colleagues. It provides a useful overview of important ideas in the field and adds wayfinding to that list.... Continue Reading →

anti-anti-utopian rhetoric

Kim Stanley Robinson as this great essay, "Dystopias Now," which covers a lot of ground, but one of the central topics is his discussion of anti-anti-utopianism. Basically, you have to imagine a Greimas (or semiotic) square. I'll just borrow the diagram from KSR. As KSR explains it, dystopias are the "not-concept" of utopias, where things... Continue Reading →

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