About Michael J. Faris
Assistant Professor of English with research areas in digital literacy, privacy and social media, and queering rhetorics.
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I have one more thing to say about the kind of critique I tried to fashion [in Possible Lives]. Academic training is agonistic; graduate study instills in us the penchant for critique, and the disciplinary tools to do it. More … Continue reading
This LA Times article is quite interesting. Jim at Blogora asks if this new debate is a good or bad thing. I might say both, but I’m going to lean towards good. Here’s an excerpt from the article: In recent … Continue reading
I’m borrowing Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff, from Sara Jameson, who recommended that I read Chapter 4: “Two Cheers for the Argument Culture.” In this chapter, Graff discusses Deborah Tannen’s book … Continue reading
Cross-posted on MAWG: Polemics and Irenics in Argument Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it’s a start? In her essay â€œThe Womanization of Rhetoric,â€œ Sally Miller Gearhart writes that she believes â€œthat any intent to persuade is an act of violenceâ€œ because the persuader has … Continue reading
I’m having trouble because I can’t come up with an adjective for the nominal contest. I’d really like contestive or contestant, but the dictionary says the former does not exist and the latter exists merely as a noun. Suggestions?