Because who doesn’t love a good annotated bib?
Rhetoric Writ Large
The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) runs this open site, and discussion threads about and tangential to rhetoric abound. From composition questions to theory musings to general news, the Blogora’s marketplace atmosphere lives up to its name.
Harlot: Part blog, part online publication, Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion pegs its audience as “everyone interested in playful yet serious conversations about rhetoric in everyday life.” Clearly, we’ve signed on.
Just Rhetoric: This anonymous site is more commonplace e-book than blog, but it boasts an impressive collection of quotes and citations to help you answer the question “isn’t that just rhetoric.” As we share their passion for definitions and their indignation at our venerable discipline being reduced to its worst abusers, the lengthy collection makes us glad. And proud. Rhetoric, rock on.
Language Log: Not only does this longstanding blog share our concern and delight in odd public signage, but we also thoroughly enjoy their close attention to word choice in political, public, and popular discourse–and discourse from around the (primarily English-speaking) world. Plus, they post things like “Ever wish you could participate in a little linguistics experiment? Neither have I. But anyway, now you can!” See, this blog is good people.
Which, while we’re on linguistics…
A Walk in the WoRds: Laura Payne shares her fascinating collection of plays-on-words and other linguistically curious texts and objects. Did you see her parse tree at the top? Do we need to say more?
Oratorical Animal: An unnamed rhetoric professor takes on contemporary rhetoric and the media’s version of rhetorical critique. We think it’s a great idea.
Rhetoric Matters: A blend between current events commentary and class notes, U. Maryland communications professor Trevor Parry-Giles runs this site for all things rhetorical and political. We might be out of coursework, but we’re always happy to hear the thoughts of this well- and widely-read raconteur.
Accessible Rhetoric: Blogs about TV abound, but blogs about the rhetoric of closed-captioned TV? Professor Sean Zdenek of Texas Tech gives us the reason we needed to rewatch our favorite shows (and this time read them, too). Check out his thorough examinations, and find out what you’ve been missing. Like how intertextuality is necessary to the closed-captioning of Arrested Development. Because someone made a huge mistake.
Culture Cat: Rhetoric and Feminism: This site is the archive of Clancy Ratliff, professor and director of First-Year Writing at University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Ratliff offers a variety of rhetorically- and compositionally-inclined posts, from her research on comp classes to her scholarly papers to her Thanksgiving menus.
James G. Gilmore’s Blog: A fellow traveler (he’s working on a PhD in rhetoric, too), Gilmore writes detailed analyses of contemporary political and religious discourse.
Law and Rhetoric Blog: Kate Rose Guest Pryal is a professor of law at UNC, and her blog takes on the rhetorical aspects of both legal and political discourse. Her visually striking word clouds might catch your eye, but we keep reading for her close and insightful analyses of current rhetoric.
ReasoningwithVampires: File it under style rather than rhetoric as a whole, but this site makes us wonder, does the rhetoric of Twilight have its own subfield yet? If not, we’d like to nominate it for such status. And if our own Doug Cloud can’t make its first annual conference, then Dana, creator-extraordinaire of the above tumblr, has our vote for keynote.
Religious Rhetorics: Friends of the blog Kari Lundgren and Martin Camper will keep you up-to-date on the wide world of religious (primarily Christian) rhetoric. Check out the older posts for scholarly analyses and the newer ones for snappy insights.
Rhetorica: Journalism professor Andrew Cline takes on media bias and its rhetorical underpinnings and reflects on what it means to be a professor and a public intellectual.
Spinuzzi: UT-Austin rhetoric professor Clay Spinuzzi keeps this blog active with posts on “rhetoric, technology, research, and where we’re headed next.” For the rhet-technophiles among us, this is a valuable source of notable programs, conference calls, and social networking in theory and practice.
Visual Culture Blog: Marco Bohr posts detailed analyses of visual imagery, drawing on his academic background in photography, sociology, and visual culture. A wide-ranging set of objects makes for an amusing as well as illuminating look at how to do visual rhetoric, be it studies of presidential news imagery or makeup ads (gone wrong).
Rhetorical Sidebar, because
maybe not everything is an argument.
Factcheck.org: U. Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center and (what must be) an of army of researchers keep politicians honest–or at least call them out on lies, distortions, and obfuscations.
Politifact.com: Another site that checks the facts. Home of the truth-o-meter.