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RSA 2016 (Atlanta): Abstract, Presentation, and Bibliography

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Title: The Politics of Transparency and the Visual Rhetoric of Counter-Surveillance on PhotographyisNotaCrime.com Abstract:  Human communication is currently embedded in contexts of oceanic proportions of data, state-sponsored surveillance, dataveillance, and citizen-spy information warfare.  Thus, “big brother” and “big data” should be… Continue Reading

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Composing Self in a Surveillance Culture (SAMLA 2015)

Earlier today, I presented the talk “Compositing Self in a Surveillance Culture:  Reminiscences and Notes on Teaching Personal Branding in College Writing Courses.”   The following artifacts and resources were alluded to or directly cited during the presentation. Interactive Syllabus… Continue Reading

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The Value of Career Nights for (English) Majors

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Call:  Spelman College English Club will be hosting Career Night on October 5. Response:  Perceptions of career planning at Liberal Arts colleges are a “major” problem. I posted the following article on LinkedIn.  The text of this article is copied… Continue Reading

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Rihanna’s #BBHMM Video Assaults Patriarchy and Generates Dialogue about the Gendered Politics of Race, Violence, and Labor

Call:  Rihanna’s recent video for the song, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” or #BBHMM, is generating vibrant conversation about race, gender, and economics.  Some advertisers even boycotted the video.  Of course, there are rather predictable responses to Rihanna’s revenge fantasy.  However,… Continue Reading

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Why Rachel Dolezal is the Raciest Fraud I’ve Ever Seen

Call:  After 9 years, Spokane NAACP president and Howard graduate, Rachel Dolezal’s family “outs” her for being a white woman.  AJC presents a narrative of distributed and centralized media coverage of the story. Response: Rachel Dolezal’s claim to black-ness is… Continue Reading

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A Reflection on Sports and Rhetoric, Truth and Dialogue

Every year, at this time, I promise myself, “I will not talk to anyone about sports today, I will not talk to anyone about sports today, I will not talk to anyone about sports today.”  When I buy my weekly… Continue Reading