In recent years, the search engine Google and social network Facebook have been competing for the top spot as the most popular website. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, there are approximately 800 million active Facebook users, making it the most popular social networking site, followed by MySpace with 33 million.
I’m desperate for tools and strategies to help me get my job done and still live a life. Like many other writing instructors over the past twenty years have done, I’ve tried out scores of promising technology solutions that looked like they might help me do my job more effectively or efficiently, whether that means helping students to apply concepts they’re learning, or freeing up time for me to apply to course planning, attending meetings, and grading stacks of papers.
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 […]
Teachers of writing want students to think of themselves as writers. This simple shift in identification indicates a larger move from being a passive learner to being an active participant in the classroom and in the writing, thinking world. Teachers want students to feel a sense of agency as they write—the ability to consciously control language—and to feel a sense of agency through writing—to know that what they write matters and is nothing less than a platform for their voices to be heard. In this regard, there is a vast discrepancy between courses in creative writing and composition.
With the rise of the digital age and this time of one-hundred-plus TV channels, the ways in which TV shows compete for viewers is constantly evolving and heavily dependent on visual strategies of persuasion. Print and online advertisements, billboards, and TV commercials all attempt to engage audiences in ways that “mobilize symbols to influence diverse publics” (Olsen 9). One particularly interesting area in which visual rhetoric is used to attract and retain viewership is the opening credits of a television show; sometimes these credits have a residual identity—especially in terms of pop-culture—that far surpasses the show itself.
“… 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 […]