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July 23, 2012
The Rhetoric of MOOCs
On massiveness, students, and flipped classrooms
The annual Computing Research Association conference is taking place this week at Snowbird in Utah, and one of today's plenaries is about online eduction and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). Reading the description of the session, I noticed two common positions on MOOCs that I think are rhetorically effective yet ...
January 24, 2012
On Technical Agency and Procedural Rhetoric
A quick response to Joshua McVeigh-Schulz
There's an interesting discussion over at Culture Digitally between Gina Neff, Tim Jordan, and Joshua McVeigh-Schulz on the subject of technical agency, or "how we should (re)theorize the politics of technological systems." Gina Neff's opening comments include a welcome statement about the limits of SCOT perspectives on technical systems: Within ...
August 15, 2011
Variety in Videogames
On embracing videogame diversity and combatting exploitationware
In many of the reactions to Gamification is Bullshit, both in the comments on this site and in responses elsewhere, a common objection is raised. It goes something like, "you're just afraid of unfamiliar uses of games." Here's a particularly odious version of that argument, by Libe Goad on ZDNet ...
August 1, 2011
Why Debates About Video Games Aren't Really About Video Games
January 12, 2011
What is an App?
A shortened, slang application.
I've been thinking about this question a lot over the past year. It may sound silly given the ubiquity of the word, but despite all the "apps" on our phones and webpages and other devices, I'm not sure we have a good sense of what it means, or what that ...
July 9, 2010
The Mereology of Cola
On generic names for carbonated soft drinks
Harman links to this lovely map infographic of generic names for soft drinks in the United States (click below for a bigger version). It's been around for a while but is worth revisiting in light of a few points Graham makes in his post. First, Graham wonders what comprises the ...
June 13, 2010
Object-Oriented Rhetoric
Thoughts on the RSA panel papers
I've now had a chance to read three of the four papers from the RSA Object Oriented Rhetoric panel. Jim Brown's summary is quite accurate, and I also recommend Nate's thoughts on the potential of OOR. Here I'll offer an overview of my reading of the papers, followed my my ...
June 11, 2010
The Rancor of Rhetoricians
Object-Oriented Misunderstandings
A while back Jim Brown mentioned to me that there would be an object-oriented rhetoric panel at this year's Rhetoric Society of America conference. Jim attended RSA but wasn't able to make the panel; still, he's managed to dig up the papers and he wrote up a summary over on ...
April 12, 2010
The Rhetorics of Spring
Software grows like new leaves
Thanks to Jan Holmevik, Cynthia Haynes for hosting me and Greg Ulmer at Clemson University last week. The occasion was a seminar and symposium on games and rhetoric, organized thanks to Victor Vitanza and his Pre/Text journal. I enjoyed lively conversation with students and faculty alike. Somehow it was the ...