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Assemblage Theory Posthumanism Rhetoric/Composition

object-oriented rhetoric or listening to the wind

There has been a recent flare up of this conversation recently, following an RSA panel on the subject. Jim Brown offers an account of the panel here as well as an earlier post on the matter. Ian Bogost has two posts in response as well. Not for nothing, but here's a post I wrote a […]

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Assemblage Theory humanities gaming Posthumanism

#hgi a gust of wind's playbor is never done

One useful thing at HGI for me is playing some new games (new for me anyway). Yesterday I played Passage and Flower. I've inserted a couple videos about the games below. People like to say you need to play Passage before you read about it (it takes about 5 minutes to play), so if you […]

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Assemblage Theory digital rhetoric Posthumanism

acting as the digital (post)humanist

I'm back on readings for my graduate course on Digital Research and Pedagogy: this week, Brian Massumi's Parables for the Virtual. Massumi's text stirs mixed responses, I think. It is a hard text to swallow for many reasons. For example, he writes It is meaningless to interrogate the relation of the human to the nonhuman […]

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Assemblage Theory Cognisphere digital rhetoric Posthumanism Rhetoric/Composition Teaching

general writing, major rhetorical strategies, and private compositions

I apologize for not being able to avoid the militaristic pun, but it is actually quite appropriate for the hierarchical, even hylomorphic structures we often apply in first-year composition. Thanks to the conversation on my last post, we were able to come around to the significant recognition that the issue of the role of digital […]

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Assemblage Theory Cognisphere Higher Education Posthumanism

digital (post)humanism pays attention

As an erstwhile practitioner of zazen meditation, I can say one thing with a fair degree of certainty: humans suck at focusing on a single thing, or even worse, on no thing. PBS Frontline's recent, interesting and wide-ranging program Digital_Nation spent a fair amount of time on the theme of focusing: the price of multi-tasking, […]

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Assemblage Theory Cognisphere Current Affairs Film Posthumanism

avatar: exposure, immersion, becoming

So to dispense with the critique of dismissal, yes, you could say Avatar is Dances with Wolves in 3-D, or any other narrative of the imperialist-gone-native with the beautiful native informant love interest. In face, one can go back to the Crusades to find Knights Templar "going native." More interestingly though, one can situate that familiar narrative […]

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Cognisphere digital rhetoric Posthumanism Rhetoric/Composition

The apprehensive economics of rhetoric

I just finished reading Agamben's essay "What is an apparatus?" (AMZ). It raises some interesting connections for rhetoric that I had certainly not thought of before, at least not in this way. The essay begins as an exploration of Foucault's use of the term apparatus, or more precisely, dispositif in French. Agamben notes this word […]

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Posthumanism

what posthumanism offers

I'm looking back over Hayles' My Mother Was a Computer as I'm teaching it later this semester in my grad class, and I've been thinking about how to explain to my students what posthumanism might offer. Discussions about posthumanism, at least in my experience, often echo older conversations about "the death of the subject" from […]

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Posthumanism

neuroscience, posthuman pedagogy, and the "rhetorical mind"

Thanksgiving break is a good opportunity to catch up on some podcasts and write blog posts with immodest titles. So I was listening to Melvyn Bragg's "In our time" panel discussion on neuroscience. Though many histories might be written, the panelists suggested that neuroscience really only emerges in the mid-nineties with the development of technologies […]