Special Topics in the History of Rhetorical Theory
Miscellaneous courses for doctoral students in the historical origins of contemporary new media practices.
- The roots of hypertext can be traced to many sources but none more unusual than the trio of Vannevar Bush whose Memex concept derived directly from the military-scientific sector, Ted Nelson with his Xanadu dream of an informational docuverse, and Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian literary intellectual with a prescient understanding of an emerging electronic environment. (Don Payne, 2001)
- Discusses recent (and continuing) changes in the material circumstances of publishing--particularly how it affects the relationships between writers and audiences. Students will come to apply these methods to contemporary issues that face professional readers and writers, including modern content-management writing and online publishing systems. (Geoffrey Sauer, 2005)