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Technology as Rhetoric – Podcast # 1

In this podcast, I discuss how technology parallels rhetoric in the way that it creates meaning for us.  We often discredit what is rhetorical – such as social truths – just as we sometimes discredit technology – like writing.  I believe that the emerging new media produced by our technology will be just as influential as rhetoric, although it may take time for us to incorporate it into our daily lives.

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  1. khamil13
    September 21, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Anna, I really enjoyed your podcast. I think you did a great job of formulating an argument and communicating it in clear, concise manner. You used the technology of a podcast to create a rhetorical, communicative act! I also think you did a great job of explaining the concept that technology and rhetoric are not natural, neutral or value-free things. In particular, I liked how you said, “Rhetoric and technology are not just things we use to advance good or bad causes, they are the way we create our definitions of good or bad.” This is a good summary of the strong defense of rhetoric in a way that is easily understandable. I also really enjoyed your comparison of both language/rhetoric and technology. It is so weird to think of the written word as a technology since it is so deeply naturalized within us. However, I think this is a very important point to consider when discussing technologies, and I’m glad you addressed it in your podcast. It is easy to get caught up in our world of technology, but in your podcast you force the reader to take a critical look at what we truly consider to be technology and assess why we think they way we do about those technologies, both old and new.

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