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Current Affairs new materialism speculative rhetoric

risk, reward, and revolution in an object-oriented democracy

If you happen to go back and look at my posts from a decade ago (though why would you?), you’d find some very strongly-worded political commentary. Maybe it’s because I’m older or maybe it’s because social media is such a morass of political invective that it just doesn’t interest me anymore as a writer.  That […]

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digital rhetoric realist rhetoric speculative rhetoric

really thinking: rhetoric and cognition

I am at work on a chapter in my book that deals with cognition as it relates to a realist ontology and rhetoric, and I’m hoping this exercise will help me to crystalize my thoughts. I’m drawing on some familiar concepts (at least to me) from distributed cognition and extended mind to DeLanda’s fascinating and bizarre […]

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digital rhetoric speculative rhetoric

when rhetoric gets real

In Pandora’s Hope, Latour tells the story of being asked if he “believes in reality.” His response was something to the effect of not realizing that reality was something one needed to believe in. Elsewhere Graham Harman has written of an email exchange with Manual DeLanda, who wrote “For decades admitting that one was a realist was […]

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speculative rhetoric

Levi Bryant's 3 models of the subject

Levi has a recent post on this subject discussing these 3 models which he terms poststructuralist, contemporary, and Deleuzian. The challenge here is figuring out how to create space for a subject with agency who can undertake political change. Thus he ends this way: When we talk about resistance we want something approximating decision, choice, […]

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speculative rhetoric

pedagogy and Latour's quasi-subjects

Continuing my increasingly plodding march across An Inquiry into Modes of Existence, I’ve completed Latour’s description of the modes he refers to as “quasi-objects” and “quasi-subjects.” To recall, one of the keys of the argument here is to dispense with the binary of subject and object. However, Latour recognizes that these concepts play a central role […]

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Rhetoric/Composition speculative rhetoric

process, paradigms, collectives, and Latour

I am continuing my slow march through An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (AIME) and want to do so today in the context of a conversation I had with my Teaching Practicum class. On Monday we read and discussed Maxine Hairston (“Winds of Change”)  and Lester Faigely (Competing Theories of Process) on the topic of the […]

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digital rhetoric speculative rhetoric

writing, invisibility, and Latour

As I’ve written here before, one passage that has really stuck with me since my early days in graduate school comes from Lester Faigley’s Fragments of Rationality, where he observes that the disagreements in rhetoric and composition can be understood in terms of the subjectivities we want our students to occupy in the classroom. I’ve always […]

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Assemblage Theory digital rhetoric speculative rhetoric

genre, data, and objects

After the very busy administrative time at the beginning of the semester, I’ve been catching up on my reading. Ted Underwood has an interesting post on the relationship between data and genre as he investigates genre through an analysis of large digital collections. He observes: The biggest problem was even less quantitative, and more fundamental: […]

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speculative rhetoric

the rhetoric of instauration: Latour's Modes of Existence, Part 1

I decided to hold of writing further on Latour until I made my way to the end of the first part of the book (about 1/3 of the way through). As I wrote in my earlier post, I find this text deals centrally with issues that concern rhetoricians (not that all rhetoricians will agree with […]

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speculative rhetoric

rhetoric and Latour's Modes of Existence

I’ve only read the first few chapters of this book, so these are some initial impressions. Probably the most surprising thing for readers of Latour is what he does with actor-network theory. It’s not that he dispenses with it. He just decides that it is only one part of a larger puzzle. Essentially he explains […]