ENGL489J - Special Topics in Language and Rhetoric; Digital Rhetorics
The World Wide Web is rhetorical all the way down, from its content and communities to the code, protocols, policies, and laws that govern digital distribution. This upper-division rhetoric course is about the social significance of the ways digital texts are composed and circulated. This semester we will explore why it matters how the web is written and who does the writing. Class meetings will emphasize discussion of course texts as well as active experimentation with digital tools as we expand our theoretical understandings through critical making. Course workload includes readings, short essays and multimedia texts, a Wikipedia research project, an academic research paper, and a final exam.
Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.
Note: Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.