Making connections between/among texts and ideas

…or other stuff that relates directly or peripherally to texts and conversations we’ve had so far… How the contemporary structure of (high school + college) debate reflects larger social, racial, and economic issues (among other things, consider how the sped-up argumentation reflects neoliberal deregulation in favor of maximized profits (metaphorically) or the speeding up of… Continue reading Making connections between/among texts and ideas

Flint Water Crisis

  some good links, articles, etc. March 2016: Flint an example of Environmental Injustice: video: articles: (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to… Continue reading Flint Water Crisis

In Relation to Coates’ Between the World and Me

some responses, links, etc. responses:   misc:  

Trump and others Rhetoric, Economics, language, etc.

April 2016: a really smart analysis of the political climate, with some historical context: New research finds that, when times are tough, presidential candidates who use emotional appeals come across as trustworthy and presidential: View at View at View at

anger/rage and action/hope

Think about the relationship between anger and action that Cornell West describes in terms of other texts, people, stories in the world. West, “Prisoners of Hope” (Canvas Files) Porsha O Capitalism Serena Williams (via Rankine from Citizen (Canvas Files); and NYTimes Magazine article, and etc) Obama’s “anger translator” Hennessy Youngman Coates, Between the World and… Continue reading anger/rage and action/hope

More “Political” Rhetoric Examples

Some questions to consider: What is the relationship between political campaigns and politics? How can we use examples from political campaigns (especially at this historical/cultural moment) to analyze ideas, values, messages, etc. in our contemporary culture. How do the examples reiterate kinds of messages (whether true or false) and how do they challenges messages? For… Continue reading More “Political” Rhetoric Examples

Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture

Trump Rhetoric   media / air time   Colbert on Palin Palin rhetoric from 2008