This blog is intended to be a space for a range of content. Although not exclusive, we see five main themes as central to the mission. We believe this variety of forms will not only allow regular contributors a range of modes to participate, but should make it easier for students, classes, and non-faculty instructors ways to post based on their experiences.
Perspectives on Digital/Networked/Rhetoric -- The blog will welcome original academic scholarship and commentary. These can take the form of more conventional short essays (approx. 1500 words) or scholarly productions that take advantage of digital affordances. Posts might be pinned to recent developments in the news.
Reading Across the Network -- Book reviews do not have the prevalence they once did in our journals; this is especially true for books exploring digital communication and culture, which would benefit from a faster book review culture anyways. Both single book reviews and review essays would be welcome. The blog should be the place where readers can keep up with what is happening in this literature.
Networked Rhetoric in Action -- We envision the blog as a place to showcase exemplary deployments of the principles of digital and networked rhetoric. We could feature posts showcasing student productions, write ups of digitally-driven civic interventions, or analysis of how digital culture poses new opportunities for rhetorical pedagogy.
Article Responses -- The “article review” is an underexplored genre, but could highlight articles published both in NCA journals and in lesser read journals outside of the field which nonetheless bear on topics of common interest. Posts could explore “the best articles you aren’t reading” or “responses to the cutting edge.” Posts that return to “classic” essays (e.g. Crawford’s “The Myth of the Unmarked Net Speaker”) could explore in what ways they hold up and what arguments may be in need of an update. For these posts, the author(s) of the “classic” texts” could be invited to respond.
Continuing the Conversation -- Because we envision the blog as a place for debate and discussion, we welcome submissions that respond to any prior content on the blog. Such posts would be held to the same standards as other posts. These should not be comments, but well argued and supported think pieces that review/respond existing blog content.
Ashley A. Hinck, PhD, is an assistant professor of communication at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who works in rhetoric, internet studies, and fan studies. Her research examines fan-based citizenship performances as new civic practices emerging from networked media. Hinck’s work can be found in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Argumentation & Advocacy, Transformative Works & Cultures, and the Electronic Journal of Communication. Hinck is author of Politics for the Love of Fandom: Fan-Based Citizenship in a Digital World (2019, Louisiana State University Press) and co-author of Poaching Politics: Online Communication during the 2016 US Presidential Election (2018, Peter Lang). Like many old Millennials, Ashley’s early internet experience was shaped by MSN messenger in middle school and Facebook in college, and fan sites, podcasts, discussion boards, and music throughout.
Jonathan S. Carter is an assistant professor of communication at Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti, MI. His research resides at the intersection of rhetorical theory, critical/cultural studies, and digital media studies. His research explores the ways new media technologies afford and constrain the development of individual and collective identities. His most recent work is forthcoming in Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
Amber Davisson Associate Professor of Communication, Keene State College, is a rhetoric and media studies scholar whose work focuses on the role of affect and pathos in political communication. She is the author of Lady Gaga and the Remaking of Celebrity Culture (McFarland, 2013) and co-author of Poaching Politics: Online Communication During the 2016 US Presidential Election (Peter Lang, 2018). Additionally, she is the co-editor of two collections: Controversies in Digital Ethics (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Theorizing Digital Rhetoric (Routledge, 2017). Her work has been published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Communication Quarterly, Transformative Works & Culture, Electronic Journal of Communication, Journal of Media & Digital Literacy, Journal of Visual Literacy, and American Communication Journal. She has been interviewed by Washington Post Magazine, and she once got to say the word “titillate” on the NPR’s 1A.
Johanna Hartelius is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. A scholar of rhetorical theory and criticism, her primary research areas are the rhetoric of expertise and digital culture. She examines how agents construct privileged knowledge and experience to wield political power in networked public discourse. She is the author of The Rhetoric of Expertise (Lexington, 2011) and the editor of The Rhetorics of US Immigration (Penn State, 2015). She is the recipient of the 2013 Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award, and her scholarship has appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Culture, Theory, and Critique, Management Communication Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Review of Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Southern Communication Journal. Her forthcoming book The Gifting Logos: Expertise in the Digital Commons (University of California, 2020) provides an extensive analysis of knowledge and creativity in projects like the Wayback Machine, the Internet Archive, and the Creative Commons Licenses. Using the concept of a gifting logos, Hartelius integrates three habits of a rhetorical epistemology: the invention of cultural materials such as text, images, and software; the imbuing or encoding of the materials with the creator’s experience; and the constitution and dissemination of the materials as gifts.
Aaron Hess is an associate professor of rhetoric and communication in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. His research follows two intertwining paths: digital rhetorical theory and participatory methods in rhetoric. Between the two, he looks to explore the ways in which individuals contribute to, challenge, and reinvent digital cultures through various media. His work has been featured in a variety of rhetoric and communication journals, including New Media & Society, Media, Culture & Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and the International Journal of Communication. He has also co-authored or co-edited four volumes, including Theorizing Digital Rhetoric (Routledge, 2017) and Poaching Politics: Online Communication during the 2016 US Presidential Election (Peter Lang, 2018).
Chris Ingraham is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Utah, and the 2018-19 Fulbright Professor in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway. His work draws on the insights of rhetorical theory to think about the complexities of democracy and the cultural field in a time when digital technologies have come to have such consequence. A commitment to thinking-feeling beyond representation in a time of ecological collapse has drawn him toward affect theory and speculative philosophy. His first book, Gestures of Concern, is forthcoming with Duke University Press, and he’s the co-editor of a forthcoming book for Bloomsbury called LEGOfied: Building Blocks as Media.
Jiyeon Kang is an associate professor of Communication Studies and Korean Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on popular politics and digital media in South Korea and the U.S. Her 2016 book Igniting the Internet: Youth and Activism in Postauthoritarian South Korea examines a decade of internet activism in South Korea by combining textual analysis of online communities with ethnographic interviews. Her current research projects attend to the broader question of coexistence among groups with incompatible experiences in transnational, racial, and digital-media contexts. She is working on studies that examine the South Korean popular discourse on Southeast Asian migrants and Chinese undergraduate international students in the U.S. and South Korea. Her research has appeared in journals including Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Quarterly Journal of Speech Communication, Journal of Korean Studies, and Global Networks.
Annie Laurie Nichols, pixel wrangler, is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Saint Vincent College. Annie Laurie worked as a graphic designer for over a decade before adventuring to St. Petersburg, Russia to teach English and business management for four years. After returning to the US, Nichols studied communication theory at University of Maryland, researching how people form communities and create connections with each other across difference. Annie Laurie's primary research areas are in visual communication, digital culture, and rhetorical theory. When not reading, Nichols can be found making art, cooking and eating strange foods, and designing board games.
Damien Smith Pfister is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Maryland, studying the confluence of rhetorical theory, networked media, digital technology, public deliberation, and visual culture. He is the author of Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics: Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere (Penn State, 2014) and a co-editor, with Michele Kennerly, of Ancient Rhetorics + Digital Networks (Alabama, 2018).
Lisa Ellen Silvestri is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She is author of Friended at the Front: Social Media in the American War Zone which won the 2016 James W. Carey Media Research Award.
Heather Suzanne Woods is a scholar and teacher of digital rhetoric. She has been researching the relationship between technology and culture for nearly a decade. Heather’s research projects focus on rhetorics of futurity and innovation. She recently co-authored Make America Meme Again: the Rhetoric of the Alt-Right, which analyzes the ways memes circulate to create public culture. Her most recent project focuses on the rhetoric of the smart home.