Author Archives: Jim Porter

Sarah Palin’s Presidential Strategy: Pretty Darn Smart

A number of commentators have noted in the past week that Sarah Palin’s political strategy is pretty darn smart — and that we shouldn’t be surprised if it actually works in 2012 to secure her the Presidency. Her brilliance — … Continue reading

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Rhetoric on the Road

The hypothesis behind the RhetHistoria blog is this: Rhetoric theory and history has (have?) something to contribute to the broad public world, and [implied subtext] rhetoric scholars should get out of their ivory towers and try to share that knowledge … Continue reading

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How Does Technology Change Reading?

Take a look at Tim Carmody’s recent Atlantic essay “10 Reading Revolutions Before E-Books” for an interesting historical perspective on this question.  As Elizabeth Eisenstein (1979) told us, the printing press allowed for the reliable production of “identical text” — … Continue reading

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The Medieval Help Desk

“Writing is a technology that restructures thought …” – Walter J. Ong

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Remix Culture, Remix Writing

With all the talk about remix and “remix culture” (Lessig, 2008), it is useful to remind ourselves that remixing is not just a byproduct of the digital age. The networked computer may make copying, remixing, and viral distribution technically easier, … Continue reading

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