Archive for Issue 1

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.”

Louis CK by

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.”

Airport bookstore

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

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.'”

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

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.”