Disability in Film

Trigger Warning: Death, suicide, and ableism. So, I am reading Jay Dolmage's book "Disability Rhetoric" right now and his first interchapter is about challenging the myths surrounding disability.  He discusses the idea of disability in film and that reminded me of the rage that surrounded the movie "Me Before You." ***Spoiler alert*** Me before You... Continue Reading →


War on Diabetes?

There's a rhetorical move (that I think can be characterized as a topois because of how widely it is used) that is often used when talking about various things disability.  In the article How a national food policy could save millions of lives, the authors use the phrase "war on type II diabetes."  The move... Continue Reading →


In Stephanie Vie's In defense of "slacktivism," she talks uses the theoretical framework of memetics.  Now, when I first heard about memes a few years ago (as in the rhetorical meme, meaning something that replicates itself using us like a movie quote, song, images, etc.), I couldn't help but think of enthymemes.  An enthymeme is... Continue Reading →

An Embodied Pedagogy

This week, I read an article on a professor who had his students write a story about a person of the opposite gender.  First, I would like to gently criticize (it may not be gentle, I just wanted to say that because I don't think I've ever said that before) the article.  The article maintains... Continue Reading →

Finding the Balance (or lack there-of)

I am teaching ENGL 150 this semester, it's an Iowa State University Communications (ISUComm) foundational composition course.  One thing that makes 150 unique is that it has a place-based theme, the idea of helping the students get to know Iowa State University.  Now, I really like the theme because it really works with the students... Continue Reading →

Goodnight Discourses

I heard about G. Thomas Goodnight when I was at the scientific rhetoric pre-conference at Rhetoric of Society this year.  Almost immediately, I saw the ramifications of what he was saying on my own research. Goodnight basically says that there are three different spheres of discourse: public, private, and technical.  He describes how each works... Continue Reading →

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