The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


LiveBlogging CSSR, 3: Rhetoric and Music

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 3, 2013 - 12:18pm

Two stalwarts in CSSR (as leaders, as scholars, and as engines who both drive the society's workings and strive to sustain its flavor and intellectual direction) are Shannon Purves-Smith and Michael Purves, Trained in musicology and musical performance, they are a rich resource for rhetorical history in the literature of music. Their papers were again magnificent.

Name: Michael Purves Smith, University of Waterloo
Title: Locating a Continuum of Rhetoric in Song


Rocking out with the Library of Congress

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 12, 2011 - 9:19am

Tons of cool audio resources at the LOC:

About the National Jukebox
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

and for you public address types, an 1898 performance of Lincoln:


Music Sampling

Submitted by slewfoot on March 24, 2011 - 11:26pm

We don't have many public intellectuals in our field---and figuring out why that is the case is complicated. It's something we might begin a conversation about.

Kimbrew McLeod, associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, has been doing some amazing public intellectual work in recent years. He's one of those rare academics who actively pursue the public screen while maintaining an active scholarly profile.



Submitted by Jim Aune on January 15, 2011 - 9:18pm

(thanks to Isaac Holyoak for reminding me)


"Who Shall I Say Is Calling?"

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 7, 2010 - 11:45am

And who by fire, who by water,
Who in the sunshine, who in the night time,
Who by high ordeal, who by common trial,


My Favorite Song Ever, Just Because

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 27, 2010 - 6:57pm


Happy New Year

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 28, 2009 - 5:52pm


Garfunkel and Oates

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 22, 2009 - 2:25pm


50 Years of "Kind of Blue"

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 17, 2009 - 11:42am

Miles Davis' album was released 50 years ago today. Fred Kaplan has a nifty analysis of the music.


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?