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whatever objectivity

Levi has an excellent post on epistemological v. metaphysical realism in object-oriented ontology. I was particularly interested in his discussion of the question of "how do we know an object is an object?" What Is The Easiest Loan To Get With Bad Credit fallibility is built into this transcendental account of knowledge. Daniel asks “how do […]

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Assemblage Theory object-oriented rhetoric

all objects great and small

I empathize with Levi's situation in responding to various "process-relational" critics of object-orientation. I know from a different context how tiring it is to be making the same arguments and being asked continuing to defend this or that. I find the objects all the way down concept interesting to explore. It is necessarily speculation, of course, […]

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Neil Young, the sensuous object

Here is a clip of Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young covering the song "Don't be Tardy for the Party," originally performed by Kim Zolciak from Bravo's reality show "Real Housewives of Atlanta." Fallon takes on the role of Neil Young often on his late night show to cover/parody various songs and even the Internet meme […]

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Assemblage Theory object-oriented rhetoric Rhetoric/Composition

exaptation and the withdrawal of objects

In Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson borrows the concept of exaptation from evolutionary biology to explain, well, borrowing… in a sense. He uses the example of the feather to explain the original concept. At first the feather evolved for insulation: a purpose it still serves. Only later was its utility for flight discovered. […]

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object-oriented creativity

I would appear to have the opposite reading/writing problem from many of my graduate students. They often cite a difficulty in stopping reading and research to start writing. My problem is that I often can't get all the way through a book (or sometimes even an article) without having a strong urge to start writing. […]

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Assemblage Theory object-oriented rhetoric Rhetoric/Composition Teaching

procedural pedagogies for composition

Yesterday, I convened the first (at least in anyone's memory) end-of-the-semester meeting of our composition program. I was very pleased with the turnout (despite the typical Buffalo lake-effect whiteout) and the conversation. We spent some time trying to identify what we considered to be the goals of our curriculum and we tried to organize them […]

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object-oriented rhetoric, panpsychism and relationality

When we think about an object-oriented, nonhuman rhetoric, one of the things we confront is panpsychism, that is attributing mental powers to all objects. Steve Shaviro offers an interesting take on panpsychism and OOO in a talk from the recent Claremont conference on Whitehead.  If we think about rhetoric in the traditional sense as being […]

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composition in an object-oriented rhetoric

Generally speaking, OOO's discussion of rhetoric focuses on the rhetorical analysis of existing texts and media. We can see this in Tim Morton's recent talk at Rice, in Ian Bogost's analysis of the procedural rhetoric of video games (or here in the text of a recent presentation on Process v. Procedure), and in Graham Harman's […]

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Assemblage Theory object-oriented rhetoric Rhetoric/Composition

Timothy Morton's object-oriented rhetoric

At the UCLA symposium "hello everything," held today and live-streamed, Timothy Morton had some interesting things to say about an object-oriented rhetoric. I also had an opportunity to watch Ian, Graham, and Levi speak. All had interesting things to say, but I'm going to touch only on Tim and specifically his discussion of rhetoric. The […]