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Rhetoric/Composition

Star Wars, empires, WPAs, and postcomposition

I’m working on the fourth chapter of my monograph, where the focus will be more on pedagogy, and I’ve been reading Sid Dobrin’s Postcomposition, which is a great book in my view. Basically I agree with Dobrin. Our discipline has defined itself, and the study of writing, in terms of subjectivity, and more specifically in terms […]

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Current Affairs Higher Education

changing the ends of scholarship

A continuation of the last post on graduate education… As I think more about it, it’s fairly obvious that this is all part of a larger system with graduate curriculum as the obvious start point. Graduate coursework is also folded into later parts of the process from the perspective of the faculty (who teach their […]

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digital rhetoric Teaching

why teaching college composition is getting harder

I realize that’s a provocative assumption. I wasn’t teaching in the 70s or 80s (or earlier), and I don’t mean to suggest that teaching composition was ever easy. I also don’t want to make the declension argument, the “kids today” argument about texting, video games, or whatever. This isn’t even a point-the-finger argument as in blame […]

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Current Affairs digital rhetoric

Net Neutrality and the Public Sphere

This is not an argument for or against “net neutrality,” but rather an examination of the discourses and the beliefs that undergird our identification of this policy as integral to our sense of the nation in which we want to live. Fundamentally, as best as I understand it, net neutrality is about the technical rules […]

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Digital Scholarship

university presses and scholarly networks

The Nation recently published a thoughtful piece by Scott Sherman on the plight of university presses. It’s a familiar story by now. For some time now, these presses have only been able to count on sales of 300-400 copies of new scholarly monographs. That, combined with the larger economic pressures that many universities are facing, has […]

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digital humanities

digital humanities and the "s" word

Dear blog, if it weren’t for the slow demise of the humanities and the soap opera that surrounds it, what would there be to discuss? The “s” word, of course, is “save.” And the whole will DH save the humanities in time, tune in next week business should be getting old by now. But it’s […]

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digital rhetoric Teaching

Device-ing a humanities pedagogy

A recent local study revealed that the typical UB student brings 5 wi-fi enabled devices to campus. Five devices? What could they be? Smartphone (obviously) Best Payday Loan Houston Laptop/Tablet (almost certainly) Gaming Console (xBox, PS, Nintendo DS) iPod/MP 3 player Kindle/ebook reader Desktop computer (though I’m thinking that would be hardwired) Roku/streaming media player […]