With more than 800 million active users (more than half of whom logon every day), it is no wonder so many people have written about Facebook. Some have looked at how political candidates use Facebook, other, rhetorically-minded scholars have seen it as a pedagogical aid. Oddly, however, Facebook has not received an adequate analysis as a unique, multimodal, rhetorical space. This is due, in large part, to a lack of analytical tools for such a diverse medium.
“Writing in the 21st Century,” by Kathleen Blake Yancey, is one of several recent texts that examine how new media technologies are reconfiguring the practice of composing, the definition of literacy, and the nature of what it means to be a writing teacher. Yancey’s text has proven influential, and is often cited in discussions of “21st century writing.” This paper provides a critical analysis of Yancey’s claims, and of the call to action she advances.
As blogs become permanent additions to many news organizations’ websites, professionals and readers are beginning to evaluate the value blogs have to news. Publications such as The New York Times maintain such a vast collection of blogs that many include a directory online to navigate through them; writers cover various subjects, including news and politics, […]
Since the end of World War II, visual rhetoric based writings in the first year composition classroom have become more prevalent. Visual rhetoric has already enjoyed a high level of success because not only are there many media and technological resources available for discourse, but the design of writing prompts has given students the latitude […]
“… I think of an Athenian Poland, but of an Athens immensely perfected by the greatness of Christianity” (19-year old Karol Wojtyla, in a letter to a friend in 1939, on the eve of World War II. Quoted in Shulz 108). NOTE: This is a draft manuscript; please do not quote. Work for this project was supported […]
Take any opportunity you can to teach while you’re in graduate school. It’s an excellent experience. It looks great on the resume, and it will build your speaking/leadership skills. And, at the very least, you’ll get funny stories out of it. So far, I’ve had a student who said he was so stressed out that he’s going bald, a student who asked me for help reading her bank statement, and a student who admitted he Googled me and found out I was French. Teaching is full of surprises.
I thought of presenting a hardcore research paper about food politics and the insidious conspiracy by the Corn Refiner’s Association of America (in collaboration with the FDA) to usher in a brave new world riding on amber waves of grain: a nutritious, affordable sweetener for all, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) lining the food aisles of Walmart.