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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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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

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Access to ENGL 384A: Rhetoric of Advertising

This Spring, I am teaching Rhetoric of Advertising (ENGL 384A). This course will investigate the transformative effects of social media, self-branding/promotion, and scandal on advertising. Students will create online personae, observe and assess symbolic power, and invent novel responses that… Continue Reading

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Betty Boop’s Cultural Origins Reveal Links between Race, Gender, and New Media History

Image featured in Meg Butler's article, "Historical Figures You Didn't Know Were Black."

http://madamenoire.com/481003/historical-figures-you-didnt-know-were-black/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=unpaid&utm_campaign=madamenoire.bhf.10252014

Call:  Madame Noire’s Featured Article:  Michelle Obama Still the First Black Lady?  Historical Figures You Didn’t Know Were Black. Response:  This engaging article has its merits, but illustrates the problem with web styling data for an agenda. Recovering black history… Continue Reading