The Internet is a medium with great consequences for social and economic life. This book is written to help people discern in what ways it has commanded the public imagination, and the methodological issues that arise when one tries to study and understand the social processes occurring within it. The contributors offer original responses in the search for, and critique of, methods with which to study the Internet and the social, political, economic, artistic, and communicative phenomena occurring within and around it.

Configuring as a Mode of Rhetorical Analysis

Configuring as a mode of rhetorical analysis
James J.Sosnoski

Figure 6.1.

This cartoon appears in Works and Days, a journal of literary and rhetorical research. The editors intended it to be an integral part of a special issue devoted to “the TicToc Conversations,” a yearlong electronic discussion about “Teaching in Cyberspace Through Online Courses.” Although a cartoon, it presents an “argument” in graphical terms. It argues that, although humanists often oppose the use of various technologies in their work, they often misread the ways in which technology infiltrates their everyday lives. The same issue also included the “technology bandwagon” cartoon (Figure 6.2), which configures the impasse that academics often experience when competing companies pull them in different directions. So many ...

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