paleorhetoric and the media ecology of flint knapping

The feature article in Scientific American (subscription required) this month addresses the role that flint knapping (the practice/art of making Stone Age tools by striking one rock against another) might have played in the development of the human brain, language, and even teaching. (And here's a related article in Nature if you prefer more academic prose.) Here's the... Continue Reading →

Slavoj Žižek on Objects

Slavoj Žižek offers the following recent critique of Levi Bryant and object-oriented ontology, which evoked a single question for me: What are we arguing about again? I think I get Žižek's argument. I don't think there's really anything new or unexpected in terms of an argument made from an idealist, Lacanian viewpoint. I understand he... Continue Reading →

What would a new materialist composition program be?

Sure, there are many possible answers, which is why this is "a," as in one of many, rather than "the." That said, we're familiar with plenty of other kinds of programs, classes, and pedagogies as they take the shape of particular theories, the strands that Fulkerson identifies: critical cultural studies, expressivism, various "rhetorical approaches" (argument-based,... Continue Reading →

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