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.
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.
“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, […]
Reading Culture by Diana George and John Trimbur is not a how-to text on writing but rather a how-to text on thinking critically of American culture. As a visually stimulating reader reflecting everyday encounters through articles and illustrations, Reading Culture succeeds in capturing its audience’s attention. George and Trimbur’s idea is “to treat contemporary American culture as a vast research […]
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 […]