August 17, 2005

Notes on Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy #2

(Following on a little tardily from May's notes) Chapter 2: Modern discovery of Primary Oral Cultures Early Awareness of Oral Tradition Tradition of writing down sayings longlived: Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 "Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized...

May 25, 2005

On Bullshit

Slightly alarmingly, as part of Princeton's 100 Years of ExcellenceH.G. Frankfurt is interviewed about his book "On Bullshit". (There's a video of it which is worth watching, though the interviewer seems to need the bathroom) "One of the most salient...

Tone Matters

Jonathan Dresner at Cliopatra hits the nail on the head.I don't think any of us can be objective about our own claimed objectivity. -- Daniel Okrent, NYTimes, 4/24/05 ... There are three categories of common arguments in blogspace: * Principles...

June 7, 2004

Feeds & Faces

If blogging is a conversation, then why not add a face to the feed?

June 2, 2004

Burke's Unending Conversation

On Burke's "never-ending conversation" metaphor

March 31, 2004

The Six Tendencies of Persuasive Blogs

On some useful ways to get attention

February 27, 2004

Echo Chambers & Rhetoric

Hairy Eyeball on Echo Chambers and Rhetoric"Echo chambers exist. If you don't think so, subject yourself to the comments section of Little Green Footballs sometime, or watch some Fox News. And it takes some work to swim against this current....

Commonplace ignorance

On commonplaces as a medieval precursor to blogs

February 26, 2004

Write like you speak

On how we use different parts of our brains for writing and for speaking, and what that might mean for blogs as conversations.

February 22, 2004

Friends, Bloggers, Countrymen

On rhetoric and how Cicero might have advised bloggers