The editors of Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society are proud to announce Volume 2.1 of the journal at www.presenttensejournal.org.
The articles of Volume 2.1 are especially timely, describing contemporary developments in national and international politics, social media, and the field of rhetoric. The articles of Volume 2.1 include:
PR Guns for Hire: The Specter of Edward Bernays in Gadhafi’s Libya – Sharon J. Kirsch outlines the work of a Massachusetts-based public relations firm on behalf of Muammar Gaddafi, locating it within rhetoric’s disciplinary fragmentation.
Not to Shy Away: Barack Obama’s Rhetoric of Friendship – Paul Lynch applies David A. Frank and Mark Lawrence MacPhail’s consilience-coherence heuristic to two key Obama orations: his 2008 Jeremiah Wright speech and his 2009 address at the University of Notre Dame.
Sociotechnical Notemaking: Short-Form to Long-Form Writing Practices – Brian J. McNely summarizes a recent debate on short-form writing practices, providing empirical evidence for the epistemological legitimacy of social media.
Troubling Citizenship: Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and the Rhetorics of Immigration Law – Gale Coskan-Johnson analyzes the legislation and practice of immigration policy along the Arizona-Mexico border in order to delineate the rhetorical features of contemporary US citizenship.
Review of Reframing Writing Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning – Chris Gallagher reviews Linda Adler-Kassner and Peggy O’Neill’s recent book on writing assessment, summarizing and critiquing strategies and frameworks for institutional change.
Environmental Rhetoric, Ethics, and Policy – Teaching Engagement – Derek G. Ross describes a philosophy for effective civic engagement through a graduate environmental rhetoric course he taught at Auburn University during the summer of 2011.
Present Tense is a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens. In addition to examining these subjects as found in written, oral and visual texts, we wish to
provide a forum for calls to action in academia, education and national policy. Seeking to address current or presently unfolding issues, we publish short articles of 2,000-2,500 words, the length of a conference paper.
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