The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Rice University Press Goes Digital

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 14, 2006 - 8:13am

Ten years after eliminating its university press, Rice University is going online. As the article says, this seems especially promising for works involving heavy visual or audio content, e.g. musicology. The fact that it's Rice will probably advance the cause of online scholarly publishing: Has anyone been involved in the MLA discussions on revising tenure expectations? I certainly don't put any of my Blogora activity on my annual research report (although I guess I put it under "service" on my vita). I doubt that Research I universities will ever change their requirements; they seem to to get stiffer every year. But it may be helpful for other kinds of universities.


99 ways audio pieces

Submitted by jenny on July 13, 2006 - 3:51pm

Check this out. I'll be making something for this within the month. If anyone else is interested, I'd love to hear the results: The Third Coast Festival, in collaboration with cartoonist Matt Madden (99 Ways to Tell a Story), announces 99 Ways to Tell a Radio Story - an experiment in documentary radio style and execution inspired by the French literary group Oulipo. The TCF invites producers of all artistic backgrounds and experience levels to submit a finished, short (2:30) audio piece for 99 Ways to Tell a Radio Story. In the Oulipo tradition of imposing constraint on the creative process (read more), each submission must exhibit a distinct production style and include a specific first sentence and three particular sounds, which have been pre-selected by the Third Coast Festival and Madden. Tapping into new veins of creativity is the whole point of 99 Ways to Tell a Radio Story. To this end, each submission should exhibit a distinct style. Producers will be asked to include a description of this style along with a title and a one-sentence summary of their submission. Stories may be narrated or not, linear or abstract, true or false, documentary or fictional. They can even be reactions to or remixes of previously posted submissions. Examples of styles beyond the traditional “narrated” / “non-narrated” divide: - Confessional - Talk Radio-ish - Infant Perspective -Drunk > FIRST SENTENCE Each submission must begin with the following opening sentence, either directly narrated or interpreted otherwise, for instance through sound, metaphor or dramatization: "To begin with, they never got along." > SOUNDS Each submission must include the following sounds, interpreted literally, figuratively or however else a producer wishes. The sounds must appear in the order listed here, but may occur in the piece at any time, and for whatever length a producer wishes. The sounds may be recorded or found, or metaphorical, real or invented. > a pre-recorded voice Examples: answering machine messages / public transportation announcements / a found cassette from the thrift store / electronic doll voices / automatic check-out at the grocery > a rhythmic noise Examples: jackhammer / clock ticking / hoofbeats / windshield wipers / car alarm / applause > an exclamation Examples: Ouch! / Get off of my foot! / Put your hands up in the air! / Swing, batter! Note: While expletives are not forbidden, keep in mind your story might air on the radio.


Aunt Deirdre on Capitalism

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 13, 2006 - 2:12pm

An excerpt from her new book:



Submitted by Jim Aune on July 13, 2006 - 2:09pm

I like this guy's work:


Remind Me Again Why I Should Renew My NCA Membership?

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 13, 2006 - 1:50pm

Check out p. 2 of this months SPECTRA: NCA's executive director uses "rhetorical" in the sense of "mere" in the headline of his column. Should you wish to point out your disappointment, his email is:


Rhetoric/Women's Studies Position at Texas A&M

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 13, 2006 - 1:37pm

[If you have questions about the position or have suggestions for good candidates, please email me at: ] The Department of Communication and the Women's Studies Program at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, invite applications for a tenure-track position in RHETORIC AND WOMEN'S STUDIES at the rank of assistant professor, starting September 1, 2007. We seek candidates who have a primary interest in women's social movement rhetoric both in the U.S. and in international contexts, or who have an interest in the relationship of communication and gender in everyday contexts. Interests in class, race, and ethnicity-based social movement rhetoric are also desirable. The candidate will teach courses in Communication and Women's Studies (including Introduction to Women's Studies). Applicants should have a Ph.D. in rhetorical studies in communication or a related field, a demonstrated commitment to Women's Studies as a discipline (a graduate certificate or advanced degree in Women's Studies is desirable but not necessary), and a record of or potential for strong scholarly publication and successful teaching. For full consideration, applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation by 1 November 2006 to: Dr. James Arnt Aune, Chair Search Committee Department of Communication Texas A&M University TAMU 4234 College Station, TX 77843-4234 Texas A&M University is an AA/EEO institution, is deeply committed to diversity, and responds to the needs of dual-career couples.



Submitted by Jim Aune on July 13, 2006 - 1:34pm

From's War Room: Alberto Gonzales, memo to the president, Jan. 25, 2002: "As you have said, the war against terrorism is a new kind of war ... In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete [the Geneva Conventions'] strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions." Donald Rumsfeld's office, memo to military officials, July 7, 2006: "The Supreme Court has determined that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 applies as a matter of law to the conflict with Al Qaeda ... You will ensure that all DoD personnel adhere to these standards." White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, July 11, 2006: "It's not really a reversal of policy."


Henry Jackson Society

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 13, 2006 - 1:30pm

Here's an interesting topic for a public address study: the rhetorical uses of Sen. Henry Jackson. It's a little nauseating to see someone like William Kristol hijack Jackson (staunch defender of civil rights and labor) for neoconnery:


Straussians Fight Back

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 13, 2006 - 1:20pm

It all depends on what you mean by "liberal democracy":


Great Moments in Epideictic Rhetoric, II

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 13, 2006 - 11:51am

At Kenneth Lay's funeral:(from the Houston Chronicle) "I am glad to have known Ken Lay and glad that he was willing to reach down and touch people like me," said the Rev. William Lawson, pastor emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. "Ken was a rich and powerful man, and he could have limited his association to people who were likewise rich and powerful." Lawson likened Lay to James Byrd, a black man who was dragged to death in a racially motivated murder near Jasper eight years ago. "Ken Lay was neither black nor poor, as James Byrd was, but I'm angry because Ken was the victim of a lynching," said Lawson, who predicted that history will vindicate Lay.