Articles & Reviews

In Memoriam: Dr. Linda S. Bergmann

In Memoriam: Dr. Linda S. Bergmann

“We remember Linda’s legacy at Present Tense as
we continue publishing scholarship that advocates the
kind of positive change through pedagogy, community
engagement, and research that Linda worked toward
her whole life. Thank you, Linda, for enriching
our lives.”

Liza Potts' Social Media in Disaster Response

Book Review: Potts’ Social Media in Disaster Response

John Jones

“the book advocates for experience architects to participate in the systems they build and to invite other participants to comment on the design of those systems, thus encouraging a greater fit between a design and implementation.”

Figure  (“Hand holding a stethoscope”)

Embracing the Messy Business of Learning: Serving Multiple Stakeholders in a Technical Communication Internship

Michael J. Klein, Scott Lunsford, Cindy Chiarello

“we can prepare students for the complexities that arise in working with real-world clients by teaching them flexibility in approaching this type of work”

Book Review: Watkins’ A Taste for Language

Book Review: Watkins’ A Taste for Language

Liberty Kohn

“Watkins contributes to social class theory by basing his revisionist history on non-English majors and by seeing
our capital not in decline inside the university, but as a
provider of developing forms of cultural capital
outside the university.”

Vol. 3.1: A Visionary Issue

Vol. 3.1: A Visionary Issue

This issue is our most multimodal collection to date, including our first slidecast essay (“The Quiet Country Closet”) and our first full audio essay (“Voices in Egypt”),
as well as a number of other essays that incorporate
images, video, and additional modes beyond
alphabetic text.

The Quiet Country Closet: Reconstructing a Discourse for Closeted Rural Experiences

The Quiet Country Closet: Reconstructing a Discourse for Closeted Rural Experiences

Garrett W. Nichols

“I have never been assaulted behind a bar, dragged behind a pickup, tied to a fence, or shot at in the woods… things that are supposed to happen if you grow up gay in a rural small town.”

Voices in Egypt

Voices in Egypt

Abigail Lambke

Figure 1. Screen capture of passersby registered as potential users by Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. Image was originally published at the following URL: http://www.pervasive.jku.at/Teaching/lvaInfo.php?key=298

From GUI to NUI: Microsoft’s Kinect and the Politics of the (Body as) Interface

David M. Rieder

“As I reflect on my experiences with the Kinect’s depth data, it occurs to me that it is a “degree zero” for experimental work because the data is (in Deleuzian terms) an intensive form, pure potential.”

Figure  (“Protest sign against Prop 8”)

Rhetorical Empathy in Dustin Lance Black’s 8: A Play on (Marriage) Words

Lisa Blankenship

“As a somewhat conservative, non-confrontational rhetorical strategy, rhetorical empathy can open doors of discussion and address fears and threats that may prevent listening and engagement.”

Louis C.K.’s ‘Weird Ethic’: Kairos and Rhetoric in the Network

Louis C.K.’s ‘Weird Ethic’: Kairos and Rhetoric in the Network

James J. Brown, Jr.

“C.K.’s approach to kairos, to the complex forces
that shape rhetorical situations, offers an alternative
to the dominant mode of contemporary networked
rhetoric: snark.”

Figure  (“Airport book store”)

Why So Hostile?: The Relationships among Popularity, “Masses,” and Rhetorical Commonplaces

Mark D. Pepper

“We fancy ourselves rational, nuanced, and critically
thinking animals, and commonplaces help perpetuate
this fantasy.”

“That Light-Bulb Feeling”: An Interview with Clay Spinuzzi

“That Light-Bulb Feeling”: An Interview with Clay Spinuzzi

Brian McNely

“I think people should have this healthy worry that they’ll construct this elaborate argument and then somebody’s going to be able to just puncture it by saying ‘wait a minute, here’s something you missed.’”

Figure  (“Protestors at Bodies...The Exhibition”)

Instructive Commodities: The Rhetorical Regulation of American Health and Gender Norms in Bodies…The Exhibition

Tara Pauliny

“Female bodies are offered in the exhibit as… learning tools. According to these displays, women need not be equally represented or studied.”

Residual Nations and Cyber Yugoslavia: Speech Acts and Nationality in the Internet Age

Residual Nations and Cyber Yugoslavia: Speech Acts and Nationality in the Internet Age

Mary Hedengren

“While CY existed, it enacted and exceeded the role of national identity, and it suggests how the internet transforms our understanding of nationhood.”