This episode of Zeugma brings together a number of elements and subjects: First comes an interview about tactical media and digital activism with Dr. Rita Raley, Associate Professor of English at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Next, the University of Louisville's Ryan Trauman and Harley Ferris explore ways of incorporating audio assignments into undergraduate rhetoric and composition courses. Finally, we consider the productive forms of risk and failure that come with bringing new media into such courses, with various members of the DWRL offering their own experiences of techno-pedagogical failure.
Waiting impatiently for the next episode of Zeugma? Good news! In the meantime, you can check out a special supplement to our "Mythmaking" episode.
Simone Sessolo, who completed his PhD in Comparative Literature at UT in 2012, is a Lecturer III at the Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan. In this mini-episode, Zeugma's Andy Uzendoski interviews Sessolo, about various issues of memes and mythmaking that we explored in our most recent episode. Stream the episode by clicking the player below or by visiting Libsyn.
In this episode, the Zeugma team explores the various ways "myths" are made and spread via digital and analog technologies. We consider the prevalance of Internet cat memes, including some based on foundational cultural myths. Additionally, Axel Bohmann interviews documentary maker Ben Steinbauer about his film Winnebago Man, which focuses on the spread of a pre-web meme. Axel then chats with University of Texas graduate student Anne Stewart about her work tracing the spread of myths about birth control on the Internet.
A word of warning that some segments of this episode contain adult language that may be inappropriate for some listeners. You can stream the episode using the player below and download it via LibSyn or on iTunes.
This week's episode comes to you from the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, NV. Zeugma team members and guest contributors sit down to interview four scholars and conference attendees doing remarkable work at the intersections of rhetoric, composition, and technology. Those interviewees: Drs. Jim Brown, Ron Brooks, Jenny Rice, and Kathleen Blake Yancey.
A preview of our upcoming episode on the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication is now available! In it, the DWRL's Stephanie Odom talks digital rhetoric pedagogy with Jim Brown, a DWRL alum and assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Check back next week for the full episode, which will include a longer cut of our chat with Jim Brown, as well as interviews with Kathleen Blake Yancey of Florida State, Ron Brooks of Oklahoma State, and Jenny Rice of the University of Kentucky! Click the link below to access the preview.
Before we head to Las Vegas for the Conference on College Composition and Communication, here's a full version of Zeugma's interview with Dr. Whitney Phillips, a shortened version of which was featured Season 1, Episode 5, "Trolling". And you can check out Dr. Phillips' reflections on that interview here! Click below for a direct link to an MP3 of the interview.
This week's episode of Zeugma focuses on the practice of Internet trolling. Starting with a quick consideration of the complex etymology of the term, we discuss trolls mythical and real, interview trolling scholar Dr. Whitney Phillips, and get stories and thoughts from two folks with deep ties to trolling communities on Reddit and the game Eve Online.
Trigger Warning: Due to discussions of last fall's Violentacrez controversy, as well as the sexist, racist, and homophobic tropes commonplace in many trolling practices, this episode contains references to potentially disturbing subject matter.
Now available on Libsyn: The full 50-minute version of our interview with Trish Roberts-Miller, an edited version of which was featured in Season 1, Episode 4, "Procrastinating." Dr. Roberts-Miller is a professor in The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Click the link below to download or stream it!
This episode of Zeugma focuses on procrastination, a storied American pastime that can be both facilitated and interrupted by the Internet. The Zeugma team considers and tests various methods of communal and individual procrastination prevention, speaks with a UT professor who's an expert on procrastination, and talks to a gamer who's an expert at procrastinating. And, of course, we do a little procrastinating of our own.
Today's episode focuses on ways in which digital technologies and spaces affect how commodities and information are shared. Cars, couches, music, and writing are all up for grabs as the Zeugma team members talk and interview their way around sharing.