The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Another Tech/Text Query

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 16, 2008 - 10:52am

For some reason (perhaps because my recent work is working at a high level of abstraction) I've started putting diagrams in manuscripts. The problem is: they don't look very good. I've been using the arrows/boxes feature in Word to do them. Is there a better way, o jedi rhetoric textmasters?


Twitter, Qik, and Transparency in Congress

Submitted by Jim Brown on July 9, 2008 - 11:45am

I have written about the micro-blogging tool Twitter before. John Culberson is a Texas Congressman who uses both Twitter (see his Twitter page here) and Qik (a video streaming tool) to communicate with constituents.


iPhone 2.0

Submitted by Jim Brown on June 9, 2008 - 1:26pm

This is why I'm not an early adopter:


Speaking of Gender Equality

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 21, 2008 - 6:42pm

Virtual pii-pii.


Clemson Podcast: KDM Digital

Submitted by Jim Brown on April 25, 2008 - 9:50am

Victor Vitanza, The Blogora's own Cynthia Haynes, and some others at Clemson have launched a podcast called "KDM Digital." KDM stands for "Knowing, Doing, Making" and is a nod to Aristotle.

I've only listened to the first episode thus far, which provides some background on how the podcast was conceived (we get to hear a behind the scenes discussion amongst KDM collaborators.) In other episodes, there are interviews with Byron Hawk and Thomas Rickert about their new books.


Twitpitch: Your Dissertation in 140 Characters or Less

Submitted by Jim Brown on April 24, 2008 - 9:45am

Clay Spinuzzi writes of an updated version of the elevator pitch - the 30 second answer to: "So, what do you work on?"

Inspired by the micro-blogging tool Twitter and the need to schedule meetings with various startup companies, Stowe Boyd has invented the Twitpitch:

Here's the rules for Twitpitching:


A Network Called 'Internet'

Submitted by Jim Brown on April 10, 2008 - 4:29pm

Via Collage of Citations, check out this video from 1993 about "Internet."

It turns out "Internet" (when did we add the article?) has changed a bit in the past fifteen years:

"there's not a lot of cursing, swearing...there's not a lot of put downs you'd expect to find, there's not screenfulls of 'go to hell'"


drool factor

Submitted by Cynthia on February 8, 2008 - 8:06am

Oh, but I would love to have one of these!!! NPR has a story about a guy making objects he calls 'steampunk'...check out the computer:


Platforms of Delivery?

Submitted by Jim Brown on January 22, 2008 - 11:15pm

In the past, the Blogora has discussed technology and platforms of delivery. In the words of mcsantos, "Digital technology emphasizes delivery since conventions are diverse and still very much under formation. And because digitality stresses becoming over being." And in the words of Cynthia, "Put technology into play, and that platform [of delivery] is a quaquaversal (Being and Becoming going in all directions at once)."

Well, Prince Charles gave a lecture in Abu Dhabi on Monday as a hologram (there's video of it if you follow the link):

Prince Charles gave a keynote lecture at a summit meeting on advanced energy technologies in Abu Dhabi on Monday — not in the flesh, but as a three-dimensional hologram. By not flying there and back, he avoided adding about 20 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere (the carbon cost of flying him and his entourage), according to conference organizers.


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.