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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Category Archives: Identity and Identification
In Chapter 4 of The Ethics of Identity, Appiah notes that while the United States has never been less culturally diverse, there have never been more celebrations of, or demands for, cultural diversity. He questions the values of both culture … Continue reading
I found this book at Webster’s, the local bookstore/coffee shop downtown, and thought it might make me sufficiently angry or challenged. From the Introduction: Queer. Onceâ€”and stillâ€”an anti-gay slur, it’s been reclaimed by a minority of gay people as a … Continue reading
In Chapter 3 of The Ethics of Identity, Kwame Anthony Appiah notes that there are two interrelated questions we should ask regarding identities: â€œhow existing identities should be treated; and what sort of identities there should beâ€ (108). According to … Continue reading
I love coincidence â€” it’s not “mere” as we would like to think, but instead useful. Just after finishing reading Chapter 5 of Kwame Anthony Appiah’s The Ethics of Identity, in which he devotes space to “Educated Souls” â€” the … Continue reading
In Where We Stand: Class Matters, bell hooks describes various times in her life when she does not want to be understood, or moments when empathy does not do enough. While not a central focus of her book, these are … Continue reading