Archive for Issue 1

Vol. 2.1: A Timely Issue

Volume 2.1 continues our publication’s trend of especially timely work. The articles of Volume 2.1 describe political and technological developments with ongoing consequences: a US public relation firm’s promotion of Gaddafi’s dictatorship; Arizona’s subjugation of immigrant bodies; epistemological production through social media.

PR Guns for Hire: The Specter of Edward Bernays in Gadhafi’s Libya

Sharon J. Kirsch

“Nearly a century later, Bernays’s troubling defense of anti-democratic communication as a central component of democratic governance reverberates in a recent public relations campaign to ‘enhance’ Gadhafi’s image.”

President Obama edits a speech

Not to Shy Away: Barack Obama’s Rhetoric of Friendship

Paul Lynch

“Senator Obama was faced with a complex problem: how to explain a longstanding friendship with a suddenly infamous figure? He had to do this, moreover, within the context of the most delicate issue of his campaign: race.”

Sociotechnical Notemaking: Short-Form to Long-Form Writing Practices

Brian J. McNely

“In this article, I reframe recent public debates about emergent literacy practices by situating the movement of short-form to long-form writing work within the disciplinary milieu of Rhetoric and Composition.”

US Passports

Troubling Citizenship: Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and the Rhetorics of Immigration Law

Gale Coskan-Johnson

“I ask what kind of citizen is invited to participate in the collective fantasy that is invoked in current immigration law. What kind of imaginary does such a fantasy produce and in what ways does it echo through public discourses?”

Book Review: Adler-Kassner and O’Neill’s Reframing Writing Assessment

Chris W. Gallagher

“Part scholarly monograph, part handbook, part rallying cry, Reframing Writing Assessment is an important addition to a spate of recent books on assessment that encourage teachers to take back our professional lives.”

Course Review: Environmental Rhetoric, Ethics, and Policy – Teaching Engagement

Derek G. Ross

“Before we even got to the attendance policy, students were wrestling with an entire semester’s worth of work: they wanted to know how they could make a difference, how to get their voices heard.”