Hacking the Curriculum: FYC, Critical Information Literacies and Social Web Environments Among the benefits of teaching writing at my current university institution is the freedom and flexibility it allots to its composition instructors. Next semester I’ll be teaching Writing Studies II, the second leg of the institution’s FYC sequence. Writing Studies II is … Continue reading Hacking the Curriculum: FYC, Critical Information Literacies and Social Web Environments
Go Left, Young Writers!
One of my favorite writers, the Depression-era labor theorist and literary organizer Mike Gold, called upon the young writers of his day to stand boldly against passivity, to dare to speak and make their voices known, to audaciously demand an audience and to demand that audience's attention. Gold writes "the best and newest thing a young … Continue reading Go Left, Young Writers!
In rhetoric, we recognize and pay particular attention to what are called "fulcrum words," an analytical term for words, phrases and broader topics that an argument's direction "hinges" on. Fulcrum words and how they're employed rhetorically by agents and actors in a given conversation turn the tides of onlooking opinion; fulcrum words shift the balance … Continue reading Fulcrum Words
"The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older." -Pink Floyd Around eighth grade or so, I began to catch on to a little secret my dad had been casually holding out in front of me for a few years: there is some serious pleasure to be gained from an appreciation of … Continue reading Classic Rock
Pokemon Go & Culture Wars
It's the type of sentence that makes me, a 22 year-old born amid the roaring buzz of the dot-com bubble burst, gag in my throat, close my eyes and shake my head over the keys of my laptop computer. "Electronic media shuffle us through a myriad of experiences which would have baffled earlier generations" I … Continue reading Pokemon Go & Culture Wars
Top, from left: Recovered Mesoamerican ballgame court; Coba ruins from peak; Coba, viewed from ground. Bottom: A selfie; a family portrait- typical tourist stuff; Mayan glyph script, the only fully-developed pre-Columbian writing system in the Americas, of particular interest to me on the trip. 3 January 2016. 10:45a.m. Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. "The captain of the winning team," … Continue reading Coba Ruins