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Rhetoric Hits SXSW: Is Aristotle on Twitter?

Submitted by Jim Brown on March 14, 2009 - 10:20pm

Next week, a group of UT rhetoric folks will be presenting at South By Southwest Interactive, and we were recently interviewed by South By Texas State:


Is Anything Private?

Submitted by Michael Faris on March 9, 2009 - 10:48pm

A classmate sent me this New York Times article:

FACEBOOK has a chief privacy officer, but I doubt that the position will exist 10 years from now. That’s not because Facebook is hell-bent on stripping away privacy protections, but because the popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites has promoted the sharing of all things personal, dissolving the line that separates the private from the public.

As the scope of sharing personal information expands from a few friends to many sundry individuals grouped together under the Facebook label of “friends,” disclosure becomes the norm and privacy becomes a quaint anachronism.


those evil digital communication devices

Submitted by Michael Faris on March 7, 2009 - 6:37am

I'm sitting in the Harrisburg airport awaiting my flight to LA (and then later off to San Fran for 4C's). On the drive here, I heard a BBC report that the archbishop of Modena, Italy, is asking folks to give up texting, social networking sites, and video games for Lent. His reasoning:

Monsignor Benito Cocchi said foregoing the activities would help them "cleanse themselves from the virtual world and get back into touch with themselves"


Almost Ready to Buy a Kindle

Submitted by Jim Aune on February 27, 2009 - 3:40pm

I think I'm ready to bite, and buy the new version of Amazon Kindle. Manjoo worries here. Anyone else have one yet?


Colonization of the Lifeworld Continues

Submitted by Jim Aune on February 16, 2009 - 4:00pm

A documented case of "sleep emailing."


Small World Blogging

Submitted by Byron Hawk on February 10, 2009 - 1:38pm

I read Collin Brooke’s “Weblogs as Deictic Systems” for class today. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read it and it is really resonating well this time around. I really like the way he is bringing together C.Miller and D.Watts to articulate the development and movements of small world networks (such as blogs) as simultaneously centripetal and centrifugal. The movement centers on deixis, or the continually shifting now, as a species of epideictic rhetoric.


Identity Remix

Submitted by Byron Hawk on February 3, 2009 - 6:20pm

First I want to thank Diane Davis and Jim Brown for inviting me to come and share this blog space for a little while, and blog about, well, I don’t know what yet. I follow Blogora a bit and have a sense of the discursive space, but don’t yet know who I am in that space. One thing I’ve learned about blogging is that you can’t necessarily police identity and audience boundaries in digital space, even when they are well established.


techPresident on the White House blog

Submitted by Jim Brown on January 27, 2009 - 5:37pm

Via Clay, I learned of a new blog today: techPresident.


Coping with My Inbox

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 22, 2008 - 11:40am

I am now down to 29 messages in my email inbox, perhaps for the first time in 5 years. Some don't require an immediate answer, but some deal with things I've been avoiding for a while (in one case, for about 2 months). My resolutions for the (secular) New Year are to keep my email backlog at 5 or less, only to check it once a day, and try to discourage students from using for things they should really discuss f2f. I wonder if I should use Facebook for purely friendly correspondence, thus creating another useful boundary in my otherwise boundary-free life, post-technology.


The Questions Concerning Technology

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 14, 2008 - 11:56am

1. Is the sole educational impact of email the increased efficiency by which students are able to whine about grades at the end of the semester?
2. What was Microsoft thinking when it decided to create .docx?