Future of Rhetoric in the Electronic Age

Discuss the future of rhetoric in our electronic age. Look at major theorists and movements, and how they have expanded our current understanding of rhetoric. You might take a closer look at concepts such as Deconstruction or the Rhetoric of Display insofar as they influence our post-modern discourse. You might note how rhetoric has substantially changed from the classical model, and incorporate the different socio-political climates and other factors relating to the degree of influence/importance on our present-day rhetoric.

To support your observations, you must include at least five references. You may use the required texts for the course, the supplemental articles and speeches, or any other source that supports your analysis.

For further understanding of contemporary rhetorical theory, and to help prepare for the final paper, read the following articles:

The Fate of Rhetoric in an Electronic Age (Links to an external site.)
Brooke, C. G. (1997, Spring). The fate of rhetoric in an electronic age. Enculturation, 1(1). Retrieved from http://enculturation.net/1_1/brooke.html

Saul/Paul and The Promise of Technological Reforms (Links to an external site.)
Metzger, D. (1997, Spring). Saul/Paul and the promise of technological reforms.Enculturation, 1(1). Retrieved from http://enculturation.net/1_1/metzger.html

Digital Rhetoric: Toward an Integrated Theory (Links to an external site.)
Zappen, J. P. (2005). Digital rhetoric: Toward an integrated theory. Technical Communication Quarterly, 14(3), 319-325. Retrieved from http://gossettphd.org/library/zappen_digirhet.pdf

Recovering Delivery for Digital Rhetoric (Links to an external site.)
Porter, J. E. (2009). Recovering delivery for digital rhetoric. Computers and Composition, 26(4), 207-224. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2009.09.004 (Links to an external site.)
All papers must adhere to the guidelines below.

Format – papers shall include all of the following elements (not counted toward required 10-12 pages of body text):

title page (name, date, course title/section and instructor’s name, and paper title)
an abstract
page numbers
properly formatted parenthetical references and “References” list

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