The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Creepiest Bush Picture Ever

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 22, 2006 - 6:36pm

Is that a turkey's neck or Joe Lieberman's he's stroking?


Trinity University Prez is a'bloggin

Submitted by ddd on November 22, 2006 - 4:08pm

Interesting article in the NYtimes. today on college leaders, even presidents, starting their own blogs. I thought this line was especially amusing:

Veterans of campus public relations disasters warn that presidents blog at their peril; “an insane thing to do” is how Raymond Cotton, a lawyer who advises universities and their presidents in contract negotiations, describes it.

We are all in big trouble, i guess...



Submitted by Anonymous on November 22, 2006 - 4:03pm

for friends.


by Seamus Heaney

Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.


New Issue of KB Journal Available

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 22, 2006 - 10:34am

From: Clarke Rountree

The Fall 2006 issue of KB Journal (vol. 3.1), a free online journal building on the work of Kenneth Burke, is now available. This issue features articles by Keith Gibson on the influence of Frazer's The Golden Bough on Burke's Attitudes Toward History; by Robert S. Littlefield, Timothy L. Sellnow, and Matthew I. Attansey on crisis communication responsive to the 2004 tsunami; and by Tim Crusius on Burke and ethics. Additionally, we reprint the entire introduction to Burke's new book of late poems and three selections, as well as a review of the book by Miriam Clark. We remember the contributions of Bernard Brock and Leland Griffin in essays by James Chesebro and Mark Wright. Our Happenings section offers photos of a new sculpture at the old Burke homeplace by Michael Burke. Finally, we offer several new research reviews of recent publications in Burke studies.


Pirsig Interview

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 21, 2006 - 8:40pm

In the Guardian. No mention of rhetoric, alas. (The most dated thing about ZAMM, to me at least, is the implication that the narrator's mental illness has something to do with the metaphysics of Western culture. Here Pirsig tells us it was a chemical imbalance, and he is cured of his depression. )


How Long Till We Bomb Iran?

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 21, 2006 - 8:22pm

Seymour Hersh assesses the prospects in this week's New Yorker, focusing on the role of Aggie President Robert Gates as a potential voice of reason. . . .


Saskia Sassen Interview

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 21, 2006 - 7:37pm

One of the most persuasive critics of globalization, in Eurozine.

I'm thinking that Globalizing or Comparative Public Address would be a good theme for a conference. I was very pleased with the panel that Jen Mercieca put together at NCA on comparative reception of the Declaration of Independence. She and Elizabeth Thorpe did the American Tory reception. I did the reception in France, and Ted George, our philosophy colleague at A&M, did an especially brilliant paper on America in the German Idealist imagination.

We have had, of course, a lot of importation of French and German "theory" into rhetorical studies, but we're still really lagging in the study of rhetoric in other countries.


Hey, You, Offa My Cloud

Submitted by Anonymous on November 21, 2006 - 6:04pm

i'll have some comments later, when i have time

"gib" armstrong was not re-elected. i'll also have links to the report and its status in the PA Lege.


Sunstein on Prediction Markets and Elections

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 21, 2006 - 5:19pm

Some of you may be familiar with the Iowa Electronic Markets experiment. I believe it's of immense interest and relevance to rhetoric (if we could figure out how "information" and "rhetoric" interact). Cass Sunstein, the U of C law professor--he always does a great job of integrating empirical social science with the humanities--defends prediction markets in this New Republic article.


So Much for Humility and Bipartisanship

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 21, 2006 - 8:18am

Bush has appointed Eric Keroack, an opponent of birth control, to head family-planning programs at Health and Human Services:

From the NARAL press release:

"Once again, we see what lengths this president will go to in order to pacify his anti-birth-control right-wing base," Keenan said. "This appointment demonstrates that after losing power in both houses of Congress, President Bush will now exploit the powers of his office to advance his far-right agenda. Right after defeats in last week's election, Bush pledged to seek common ground on issues important to Americans. This latest move shows that he's willing to break his pledge to the public if it means he scores points with far-right pressure groups. Bush has failed to demonstrate real leadership and is giving every indication that voters should just expect more of the same from this out-of-touch White House."

Keroack is affiliated with the organization A Woman's Concern. According to that group's website, "A Woman's Concern is persuaded that the crass commercialization and distribution of birth control is demeaning to women, degrading of human sexuality and adverse to human health and happiness."