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George Lakoff: In Politics, Progressives Need to Frame Their Values « George Lakoff
What progressives call “rational arguments” are not normal modes of real reason. What counts as a “rational argument” is not the same for progressives and conservatives. And even the meaning of concepts and words may be different. Cognitive linguists have learned a lot about how all this works, but few progressives have studied cognitive linguistics. For a thorough review of such differences, take a look at my book Whose Freedom?, which shows how reasoning about freedom can take two utterly different forms for progressives and conservatives.
logic  digitalrhetoric  3010 
8 weeks ago by craniac
research - changemyview
Tan, C., Niculae, V., Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, C. & Lee, L. (2016) Winning Arguments: Interaction Dynamics and Persuasion Strategies in Good-faith Online Discussions, Proceedings of the 25th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW'2016).

"Changing someone's opinion is arguably one of the most important challenges of social interaction. The underlying process proves difficult to study: it is hard to know how someone's opinions are formed and whether and how someone's views shift. Fortunately, ChangeMyView, an active community on Reddit, provides a platform where users present their own opinions and reasoning, invite others to contest them, and acknowledge when the ensuing discussions change their original views. In this work, we study these interactions to understand the mechanisms behind persuasion.
We find that persuasive arguments are characterized by interesting patterns of interaction dynamics, such as participant entry-order and degree of back-and-forth exchange. Furthermore, by comparing similar counterarguments to the same opinion, we show that language factors play an essential role. In particular, the interplay between the language of the opinion holder and that of the counterargument provides highly predictive cues of persuasiveness. Finally, since even in this favorable setting people may not be persuaded, we investigate the problem of determining whether someone's opinion is susceptible to being changed at all. For this more difficult task, we show that stylistic choices in how the opinion is expressed carry predictive power."
digitalrhetoric  3010 
8 weeks ago by craniac
The Internet - Peter ​Garritano
Powerful photo essay on a "cloud" computing server farm. Shows what the "internet" looks like while also revealing the old slogan: "The Cloud is just somebody else's computer."
visualrhetoric  internet  photography  digitalrhetoric  cloudcomputing 
july 2017 by stevej27
the digital cul de sac in rhetoric and composition – digital digs
I’ve been catching up on some reading this summer and took a look at Courtney Werner’s article in the most recent CCC issue, “How Rhetoric and Composition Described and Defined New Media at the Start of the Twenty-First Century.” She looks at definitions of new media in some 70 articles across four journals: CCC, Research in the Teaching of English, Kairos, and Computers & Composition. Though her method is different, the impetus reminds me of Doug Eyman’s parallel investigation of how the discipline defines digital rhetoric (in his book Digital Rhetoric).

So if the future is so bright, why call it a cul de sac? While the diagram of the cul de sac neighborhood is static, the movement across it maps a series of detours and enfoldings. This has always already been the case with rhetorical practice as technology. Rather than imagining driving around and around, imagine instead a process of weaving or tempering steel or lab experiments or recording music and video: recursive processes that eventually have their recursions, their detours, built into technologies. Imagine writing itself for that matter. From that shift in perspective, one can pick up the disciplinary cul de sac neighborhood and put it to work doing something else.
digitalrhetoric 
july 2017 by craniac
This Cincinnati tire shop gave a nod to Baby Driver, and Edgar Wright noticed
Interesting article about a tweet from a Cincin-based store, and its "prof writer." Questions raised about the value of virality and circulation for businesses (prof writing question). Also raises a related question of whether or not this is news, and if so, when did circulation become news?
virality  circluation  viral  socialmedia  digitalrhetoric  newsjacking  profwriting 
july 2017 by stevej27
Why Email Deliverability is the Most Important Metric for Nonprofits
Post covers the various metrics for measuring the success of nonprofits. She adds that e-mail READING should also be a vital measurement. Nonprofits want their emails read and engaged, even if just the title. Spam blockers thus present a HUGE blockage. Author provides several tips for dealing with potential spam blockages
circulation  digitalrhetoric  digitalwriting  blockages  metrics 
july 2017 by stevej27
How to Build a Sustainable Social Marketing Strategy [Infographic] | Social Media Today
Arguments on the need for social media strategies. Interesting points about titles (most participants only read titles) and on the need for visuals (particularly infographics which get shared far than text.)
profwriting  socialmedia  digitalrhetoric  circulation  visualrhetoric  informationdesign  infographic 
july 2017 by stevej27
Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Journalists and Their Families - The New York Times
“We are the new enemies of the state,” said Juan E. Pardinas, the general director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, who has pushed anti-corruption legislation. His iPhone, along with his wife’s, was targeted by the software, according to an independent analysis. “Ours is a society where democracy has been eroded,” he said.
spycraft  spy  spyware  corruption  freedom  digitalrhetoric 
june 2017 by craniac

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