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.
Hi! H-I-G-H. I am a middle-aged teacher living most of my waking hours among young adults. After an appendectomy with some complications, I am floating in a thin atmosphere of pain and morphine. But I just had a visitor, and now, as many artists in fugue are wont to do, I’d like to philosophize about her.
Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is a very rich text, one that relates in all kinds of interesting ways to its cultural and political context. It also resonates in some provocative ways with issues surrounding the current conflict in Iraq – when is protesting disloyal? Where should responsibility lie for atrocities?