The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Marx and Smith in the Walker Art Center

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 26, 2011 - 9:01am


Neil Gaiman gives speech; Politicians engage inflammatory rhetoric

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 10, 2011 - 8:26am

What does the series of events, and the exchange of discourse most recently at its core, have to say about the relationship between rhetoric, politics and the arts? --db

Neil Gaiman is paid $40K to give a lecture at the Stillwater Public Library in Minnesota, then donates the money to charity:

Some politicians get wind of this and announce, a year later in a budget dispute:


Happier Thoughts: Undiscovered Picasso

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 1, 2010 - 8:16am

Hundreds of undiscovered Picassos discovered.



Submitted by Jim Brown on August 5, 2010 - 9:19am

Last week I attended SIGGRAPH 2010, an annual conference on computer graphics and interactive technologies. This is the place to see what's coming down the pike in terms of interface design and computer animation. As most readers know, my research interests lie at the intersection of rhetoric and technology, and recently I've been trying to learn much more about the "guts" of various technologies. As someone who writes about various technologies, I don't think I have to understand all the details of software and hardware design. But I do think I have a responsibility to understand at least some of these details, and conferences like this are a good opportunity to do so.

Attending SIGGRAPH was a really interesting experience. The main focus of the conference was probably the Exhibition - this is where companies like Pixar set up booths and show of their latest and greatest. There are also panels, though my "basic" conference registration didn't give me access to those. Beyond all of this, though, the conference included an "Emerging Technologies" exhibit and an Art Gallery. These were what interested me most.

I took a good bit of video with my fancy new phone, and I wanted to share one of these.


Beyond Politics

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 12, 2008 - 4:30pm

The conclusion of Morton Feldman's "Rothko Chapel," with shots of Rothko's paintings:


Object-Oriented Art

Submitted by Jim Brown on December 19, 2007 - 12:49pm

This is an interesting story about the intersection of technology and art. Clay Shirky calls it "object-oriented art" - a reference to object-oriented programming for you uber-nerds out there. The piece in the picture is called "Momo" and it contains a GPS advice that makes sure it always points east.


All'alba vincerò! Vincerò! Vincerò!

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 7, 2007 - 3:29pm

Old news already, but I thought the Blogora should note Pavarotti's death. Here's a nice article from Salon how Pavarotti served as the "gateway drug" for many of us into opera.

The place to start, I think, is with Pavarotti's version of "Nessun dorma" from Puccini's Turandot (the last lines of which I have used to title this entry).

Beauty, like "eloquence" (a word we don't much use anymore in rhetorical studies), is something we need to treasure and conserve in academic life and in the public sphere. My beef, finally, with so many avant-garde trends in the humanities of late is that I'm not sure they show us how to love texts and other beautiful objects.