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 finished reading Tim Wu’s The Mast Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires last week, which chronicles how new information industries develop over the twentieth century and become closed systems. In short, his argument is that we need … Continue reading
Yesterday concluded the RSA Summer Institute, held here at Penn State. Participants from around the country came to discuss rhetoric in either a week-long seminar or a weekend workshop (or for some, both). I was in the Queering Rhetorical Studies … Continue reading
• Ira Socol’s post The Width of the World is an interesting read about social media tools. I don’t entirely agree with all his points, but he’s started a decent discussion about groupthink, time-wasting, and human relationships (arguing, largely, against … Continue reading
(via Towleroad) The famous kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German counterpart Erich Honecker painted on the Berlin Wall has been destroyed. I’m sad, and the artist, Dmitri Vrubel, isn’t too happy either: But Dmitri Vrubel, who never … Continue reading
from Boing Boing: Horacio Potel, an Argentine philosophy professor at Universidad Nacional de Lanús,, faces criminal charges — and possible jail time — for posting unofficial translations of seminal Jacques Derrida texts to his site where his students could see … Continue reading