4C’s and the rhet/comp slasher

This is not the working title for my academic murder mystery, so feel free to take it if you like. No. It's about a growing conversation over the role of rhetoric in composition studies, and the emergence--at least as perceived by some--of 4Cs as a composition studies conference and not (or at least less so) a rhetoric... Continue Reading →

Composing in and with data-driven media #4C18

[A text version of my presentation from yesterday] At the beginning of the century, Lev Manovich identified five principles of new media the last of which he termed "transcoding." Transcoding describes the interface between cultural and computational layers. In part, transcoding observes that while digital media objects appear to human eyes as versions of their... Continue Reading →

rhetoric of podcasts, podcasts of rhetoric

One of the very best things about no longer running the composition program is having the time and mental space to get back to digital rhetoric in a more practical and compositional way. This has got me thinking, in this post, about podcasting in terms of its various rhetorical structures but mostly about the kinds... Continue Reading →

the affects of gun control

Conversations in America about gun control, public space, and safety--which are related but not equivalent--are grounded in affect, cultural/ideological identity, and ontology. I'll swing around to the ontological element later, as that's what is most relevant for my work, but I'll stick with the more familiar elements first. Most strong opposition to gun control begins... Continue Reading →

tolerance, forbearance, and campus culture

Last week I read what I think is an excellent articulation of the current struggles of our republic. Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt's "How Wobbly is our Democracy?" examines the underlying principles of tolerance and forbearance they suggest makes our democracy function. Tolerance and forbearance are not especially complicated concepts. As Levitsky and Ziblatt writes "When mutual toleration exists,... Continue Reading →


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