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CCCC 2008

The Conference on College Composition and Communication is the big annual meeting of college writing instructors. One often encounters technical writing instructors, social scientists, ethnographers, and new media innovators (we had Larry Lessig give a featured address a few years ago), as well as traditional essayists and grammar mavens. It’s the kind of place where someone can say, “That reminds me of Aristotle’s five canons of rhetoric… inventio, dispositio, elocutio,…

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In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop

The opening of this story uses the sudden deaths of two bloggers over a three-month span (and the  non-fatal heart attack of a third) in order to suggest that bloggers are blogging themselves into their graves. How many reporters, kindergarten teachers, retirees, people named “Joe” and left-handed people died in the last three months?   OMG — a trend! Once you get past that tabloid silliness, you find a thoughtful exploration…