Archive for Volume 3

Volume 3 Issue 2

Vol. 3.2: Inquiries on Injustice

“This current issue of Present Tense once again proves that vulnerable populations deserve our attention as we research, teach, and advocate in our constantly changing world. Specifically, Volume 3.2 brings together articles that attempt to critique unequal representations, highlight unjust situations, and expose unfair practices in the world today.”

Racist Visual Rhetoric and Images of Trayvon Martin

Lisa Lebduska

“racism is an ongoing discourse that both gives rise to and emerges from many rhetorical moments—it is a continuous force requiring continuous opposition. The discourses of racism are as much visual as they are textual and oral”

IFT Local 6456 on strike at UIC

Thinking Collectively about Academic Labor

This Rhetorical Life

Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term

K.J. Rawson, Cristan Williams

“We have written this article to intervene in the transgender coinage narrative and to more closely attend to the ways that knowledge is built among and between academic and non-academic communities.”

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”

Work in progress

Program Review: Digital Composing and the Invention of a Program: Overcoming History and Starting Over, Part 1

Denise Tillery, Ed Nagelhout

“Our overarching assumption, one that carries through all principles and practices for curricular and program design, is that no one individual should be the center of the program.”

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.”

James Ray 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.”

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.”

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

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

Abigail Lambke

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.”

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.”

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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.”