Pick me!

i just signed up to be an Explorer for Google Glass, me and a gazillion other people. The form had a drop-down menu of choices for the reason why I wanted Google Glass, but hey! I’m a writer, so I want another chance with more words. If Google is as all-knowing and all-seeing as some […]

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Against happy news

Good news is one of those things that no one at all can in good conscience come out against.  However, here I am, not even a curmudgeon in training, about to write about how good news on Facebook in the form of links from sites such as Upworthy makes me cringe. I not only cringe, […]

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Here’s to the idea that “We won’t get fooled again”

For my Writing I students and others interested in how persuasion should work in academic writing, this week brings a fresh look at the logical fallacy by Information is Beautiful (found through veteran rhetorician Machina Memorialis). What they are calling “rhetological fallacies” are sorted with each category having its own color, all the easier to […]

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Evaluating Sources Part Two: The Hierarchy of Cheese

The somewhat odd title for this post connects to a Writing I example I often use for describing the difference between a good source and a bad source when doing sourced writing for academia (university writing, writing for publication…). In this post, I am going to extend this small, mildly humorous example to ridiculous lengths. […]

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Evaluating Sources Part One

This post is meant mainly for my Writing I students, but others can ride along and may get something from it as well. The next two, no–three assignments in my very themed Writing I are all about the sources. The Short Project 2 is an annotated bibliography assignment. The Sources assignment uses Moodle’s blog block […]

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Rhetoric about Rhetoric

I love Julie Platt’s new YouTube on Sh*t Rhetoricians Say. I showed it in ENG 526/628 yesterday and even in a class with relative newcomers to rhetoric, they have encountered some of these buzzwords.

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And FIrst Is Ethos

The Chronicle blog ProfHacker today has a column that shows its rhetorical roots–it is about how to persuade. It goes for Aristotelian-style and it makes sure that the order that Aristotle lists the trivium denotes importance. Instead of privileging logos, ethos is presented as the foundation of persuasion. I’m going to keep this link for […]

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