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Internet Invention, cont.

I’m sorry its been so long since my last post. A lot has happened in our course since mid-semester. Now that you have completed your “widesites,” you are faced with the task of reflection. Here’s my example of what you mght do, though you’ll probably want to quote directly from Ulmer’s text (I don’t have […]

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NeoVox

Most of you here at Cortland probably have heard of Uniplanet, now recently renamed NeoVox (aka New Voice). If not, it’s a student-produced international web magazine created in collaboration with students from six other universities around the world. If you have visited the old Uniplanet site, you might not have been all that impressed with […]

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Higher Education

Is 2003 1991?

OK, so I am sure I’m not the first to make this observation. 2003 is starting to remind me a lot of 1991, the year I graduated from college. George Bush is president; we are in Iraq; the economy is in the crapper. For those of you who will be graduating this year…my condolences. If […]

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Teaching

The Widesite

There are several key points in Ulmer’s first chapter that we need to discuss. To begin with, he introduces the underlying premise of the “widesite:” the theory that all people have a set of “wide images” that thematize their creative energies. The widesite is an experiment in using the data bank of the Internet as […]

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digital rhetoric

Writing Memories

Writing Memories Plato’s Phadreus famously discusses the effects of writing upon memory. Writing is a pharmakon for memory, a word that might be translated as either cure or poison, as Jacques Derrida pointed out. Writing is a cure for memory in that it might preserve our thoughts, communicating them to readers who are distant either […]

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Bowling for Columbine

I finally had a chance to watch Bowling for Columbine last night (when you’re a parent with little kids you just have to wait for the video). I was thinking about it in relation to Greg Ulmer’s book, which I’m using in my courses. Moore’s film doesn’t really answer the question “why?” that it continually […]

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Fall 2003

The fall semester begins today; my class begin tomorrow, Wednesday. There are several things we need to cover on the first day: introducing one another; going over the syllabus, web ct, and setting up a blog; and getting to know the computers. However, the main questions that concern me on the first day (and in […]

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digital rhetoric

Paleorhetoric

Currently I am studying what I would term “paleorhetoric:” ňúthat is the study of symbolic communication prior to the invention of formal writing systems and on the cusp between the transformation of grunts and gestures into ‘language.’” Typically, this transformation has been marked as the point when humans become humans. However, there remains little explanation […]

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Internet Invention

The more I read of Ulmer’s Internet Invention, the more fascinated I become. It will be a difficult text, a challenging text, for students…I think it would be challenging for many of my colleagues as well in its use of post-structuralist theory. But the point is not really for the students to understand Derrida or […]

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Writing Technocultures, Pt. II

I’ve been thinking more about how to organize my book. I still like the general shape I laid out before: History, Theory, Pedagogy. However, I want to include some internal repeating elements, as I see each section as making similar moves and engaging in related activities. For example, each chapter will likely include close reading […]