May 7, 2010

Rhetorica Update

Something I realized lately is just how important Rhetorica has been to my academic research. I’ve used it in part as a way to work things out in public. Every academic essay and book chapter I’ve published since 2002 has begun as an entry on Rhetorica and/or was hashed out here.

For a year now I’ve been a in a bit of a post-tenure slump, and it has shown on Rhetorica.

That’s about the change.

The move to emphasizing media ethics turned out to be a mistake. But I do not intend to go back to press-politics. I will be pushing ahead with something different. I’m in the process right now of figuring out what that will be. This I know: It will still involve my primary discipline of rhetoric and and my secondary disciplines of media and journalism.

I’m signing off until 1 June 2010. I’m taking a blogging break. During that time I’ll be finishing the spring semester, taking a head-clearing, week-long solo bicycle ride on the KATY Trail, and sitting on my front patio reading.

On the day of my return I will post a comprehensive essay on the Rhetorica’s next mission.

Thanks for reading! See you in June.

May 1, 2010

Moving On

This is my last entry on the “colored” issue. I’m moving my campaign to change the News-Leader to the paper’s web site. Yeah, I know. Good luck with that.

Here’s a link to my blog on the News-Leader site.

Today’s post,  entitled What is Opinion Journalism, sets up the work I intend to do there — a paragraph-by-paragraph, withering critique of their amateur pundits. My purpose is to make plain just how bad these columns are, how poor the editing is, and how much the News-Leader is failing these writers (whose desire to write I support 100%). The News-Leader is also failing the community and the primary purpose of journalism.

I am operating under no illusion that the News-Leader will care.