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Comm Prof at TPM

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 26, 2013 - 10:20am

From a friend of the Blogora:

"Josh Marshall just promoted an email from Comm prof PJ at Talking Points Memo, one of the biggest political blogs going:

"Who is PJ? Pretty smart comment, and getting great play thanks to Josh. Could be a nice crosspost to Blogora; and I'd like to meet PJ!"

Looks cool. Excerpt below.


Some Thoughts on Wisconsin

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 5, 2012 - 9:25pm

Isaiah 40:31--But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.



Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 3, 2012 - 10:50pm

Open thread: Comments about Iowa caucus?


South Central MLA

Submitted by Maxwell on October 25, 2011 - 12:50am

After my most excellent experience at the FemRhet Conference in Mankato (referenced on this blog here and here), I'm excited to hit the road again this week for my first taste of a regional MLA conference. Of course, it would have been much closer for me to attend the Midwest MLA (held this year in St. Louis, a mere hopskipjump from Mizzou), but since there's no standing panel in Rhetoric at the MMLA, and since the SCMLA is nothing more than a short 7-hour drive through the Ozark Mountains from Columbia, I decided to point my wagon south.


Mitt Romney's Corporation People

Submitted by John W. Pell on August 16, 2011 - 2:45pm

This fall I will be teaching a course entitled “Writing Wrongs: Human Rights in the Age of Facebook.” The goal of this course is to help first-year writers consider the rhetorical strategies human rights organizations utilize when communicating with the public via social media. The course opens with the initial question: who is a human? Or, at least, how is the concept of human constructed rhetorically?

In seeking out textual examples that address this question, I found the following article last week:


Contest: Rhetoric and Thomas Jefferson

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 31, 2011 - 10:00pm

The Blogora announces its first ever contest.


Deep Policy Thought for the Day

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 22, 2011 - 4:40pm

Has anyone drawn a link between the intense litigiousness of the United States compared to other Western democracies and the absence of social insurance and unions?


Rhetoric of Legislation

Submitted by Maxwell on February 15, 2011 - 12:55am

Do any of you faithful Blogora readers know a good place to start looking at the rhetoric of political legislation?


Social Movements: Strategies and Tactics

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 31, 2011 - 9:00pm

Few things make me feel like using 2nd Amendment remedies than this Koch Brothers retreat, but I think that Conor Friedersdorf has a point: "Does standing across the street shouting at the luxury resort where the Kochs are staying help change the laws that govern campaign finance and political donations?


The SotU as a genre...

Submitted by Maxwell on January 27, 2011 - 11:15pm

Tuesday night was a perfect time for President Obama to deliver his State of the Union Address to Congress. The first meeting of my Rhetorical Methods course was the following day, a course that will focus on Presidential Rhetoric as the object of study.