The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America



Submitted by Jim Aune on December 7, 2009 - 3:18pm

Anyone have experience with this yet? Think it's worth buying?


The CWRL (er, DWRL) gets a facelift

Submitted by Jim Brown on October 14, 2009 - 11:29am

The Digital Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas (formerly known as the CWRL and also the entity that so graciously provides server space for The Blogora) has gotten a wonderful facelift. Check out the new website and also check out the new version of Blogging Pedagogy.


The Dumb Network

Submitted by Jim Brown on September 20, 2009 - 5:25pm

Good news. The FCC is expected to announce the beginning of its formal rulemaking process for net neutrality regulation.

The FCC's process is a great model of "open source" government. And it's going to be an interesting conversation when the FCC issues its Notice of Inquiry. Network providers don't like net neutrality, as it prevents them from determining how fast various packets of information travel across their networks. But advocates of net neutrality insist that a healthy Internet requires a "neutral" network.


New Campus Gossip Sites

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 3, 2009 - 4:07pm

Very unpleasant, here and here. The Chronicle investigates. And an example of A&M "gossip."


The Kindle Ate My Homework

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 3, 2009 - 7:22am

This should be an interesting court case, if it's not dismissed/settled. I got the second edition of Kindle a few months ago, and have pretty much shifted my leisure reading to it. It's much easier to read in bed or while traveling with the Kindle, and the prices seem reasonable to me. At some point they need to fix the dismal quality of the illustrations/photographs.


The Mopho

Submitted by Jim Brown on April 15, 2009 - 10:05am

The video below about the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (Mopho) reminded me of Anne Wysocki's talk (which I wrote about at the time) at the 2007 Penn State conference. What kind of new aesthetic theories might be necessary (or possible) given technologies like this?



Submitted by slewfoot on April 9, 2009 - 10:50am

Who could have predicted that type would eclipse speech on the telephone, a device that gave relay to the human voice? Ok, Ong probably could've.



Submitted by Jim Aune on April 4, 2009 - 1:45pm

Would this be an example of positive liberty or negative liberty?


Kindle 2

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 4, 2009 - 1:35pm

I received my new Kindle 2 last week, and I am thus far loving it. I probably won't use it for academic work (although a number of recent scholarly works are available for download at a much cheaper price than a hard copy), because, unless I'm missing something, it doesn't provide page numbers. But it's perfect for novel reading--remarkably light to hold, and easy to read (especially with the adjustable font size). It's not at all like reading off a computer screen.


The Facebook Haggadah

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 31, 2009 - 7:11am

Passover approaches, technology advances.