Monthly Archives: October 2010

Chopping the “Wild Tongue”

“I remember being caught speaking Spanish at recess—that was good for three licks on the knuckles with a sharp ruler. I remember being sent to the corner of the classroom for ‘talking back’ to the Anglo teacher when all I … Continue reading

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The Case for Rhetorical Education

As students and teachers of rhetoric, we can all agree on the importance of educating students in the basic concepts of rhetoric. We’ve spent a lot of time in class talking about how to respond when people question our work … Continue reading

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Greatly Exaggerated

Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives…  The narrative function is losing its functors, its great hero, its great dangers, its great voyages, its great goal. It is being dispersed in clouds of narrative language elements–narrative, … Continue reading

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Airplane Jokes, or, Freedom Costs a buck o’five

I was 15 when 9/11 happened — still going through my teenage angst years, and still fond of pissing people off for my immediate amusement. I’d name my character “Osama” in video games, and try to fly vehicles into other … Continue reading

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The Right Use of Rhetoric

As shown in this clip from Newsy.com, the Supreme Court’s acceptance of the lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church has brought that much valued phrase back to the front of public discourse — “freedom of speech.” I would venture to … Continue reading

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What’s on your mind?

“What’s on your mind?” Facebook asks me. It’s prompting me, tempting me to spill my thoughts–whatever they may be–onto its stalker-friendly pages. I do as prompted, adding “is prancing in Lansing” behind my bolded name. I hit the beckoning, blue … Continue reading

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Memory & the Zooming Interface Paradigm

When I finally sold my old 2002 Dell laptop in 2008, my iPod had more memory.  The former was measured in megabytes, the latter in gigabytes.  No matter how clunky that old laptop was, the truly marvelous thing about it … Continue reading

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